Close up of a person checking the wiper blade on a car

How to Replace the Windshield Wipers on your Car

Step by Step Guide on Changing your Windshield Wipers Properly

Bad wiper blades will reduce how well you can see in the rain or snow. Once you know your wiper blades are bad, you should plan to get them replaced. While professionals can replace these blades for you, you may want to complete the task yourself. If you don’t know how to replace the windshield wipers on your car, follow this step by step guide.

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  1. Find the correct blade size. Wiper blades come in many different sizes for different models and types of vehicles. You can find the size you need by either measuring the length or checking your owner’s manual.
  2. Remove the bad wiper blades. Now that you have your new wiper blades ready, it’s time to start the replacement process. Lift the wiper arm so it isn’t touching the windshield. Depress the tab on the underside of the wiper by the wiper arm. Now, slide the wiper blade off in a downward motion.
  3. Secure the new wiper blade on the arm. Take one of your new blades and pull it tight onto the arm. You should hear a clicking sound when the wiper blade is locked into place. Now that the wiper has been replaced, gently lower the arm back down onto the windshield. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the second arm.
  4. Test the new wiper blades. This step should not be ignored and can be done in a matter of seconds. After you finish replacing the wiper blades, make sure that they are working properly. If not, check to see if the blades are secure in the arm. It’s much better to test your wipers before you realize that they weren’t installed properly in the middle of a storm.

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We hope that you have found this guide helpful for replacing your windshield wipers on your own. For more tips and tricks like this, check out the Broadway Credit blog!

Driver view of a smearing windshield wiper being used in the rain

Close up of a mechanic replacing the wiper blades on a car