Windscreen wipers is an essential part in a car to ensure the safe driving experience for yourself and other people on the road.
If you live an area where weather is extreme, the windshield wipers may wear out quite quickly. Since it is a part pertaining to the safety,it must be replaced on immediate basis. In this post, I will share the steps that will make you a DIY expert at installing windshield wipers without any hassle. Replacing windscreen wipers can really be difficult or sometimes impossible for a beginner, but not anymore.
Swiping arm of the connectors made up of plastic, metal and rubber may appear like a puzzle with stages just Sherlock Holmes can unlock. However, it is actually as easy as 1-2-3 on various newer cars. A few car part shops may also offer free installation service when you purchase windshield wipers from them. But learning it to do on you own is essential. This learning will help you in critical and urgent needs.
It is a task, easy and simple enough to consider DIY when you get some sweet deals online, or you bought replacement windshield wipers from anywhere. Are you ready to replace your car screen wipers? Continue reading to figure out how to replace windshield wipers rightly.
Newer models of cars include easy to change hook style wiper’s arms where wiper blades easily slide over the metallic hooks and clip in place. Changing windshield wipers on hook-type arm is the method we will discuss in detail here.
It will be false if we say that all windshield wipers are same and easy to replace or remove. A range of wiper mounts and arms are available these days. Stubborn arms and mounts with unique latches and pins can toss up anger so deeper that new windshield wipers may become boomerangs before they are installed.
Although this article should direct you to the rightest track when you want to replace your vehicles windscreen wipers, every automobile is not same. Even blades that use similar mounting style do not ensure all windscreen wipers will come out in the same way. Therefore, check the owner’s manual for proper guidelines. If you have difficulties, consult with a professional in order to avoid grave damages while you are installing or removing windshield wipers.
- Measure size or length of the windshield wiper blade with a measuring ruler or tape. You can also check owner’s manual or catalog while buying wiper blades. Uneven-sized blades are usual. As I found on Cars.com’s past longer-term tester, Subaru BRZ model 2013 has 22-inch blade for drive side and 20-inch blade for passenger side. You will only realize that you have replaced a wrong size blade when you get stuck in cold rain around with an empty wiper box. So, it is better to be careful to avoid such a situation.
- Set wiper blades in upright direction on your windscreen. With car ignition in the accessory mode, switch wipers ON till they are at mid-swipe. After this, turn your vehicle off, so that the windshield wiper arms stand straight up or perpendicular to the hood line. It is usually easy to replace older blades with arms up until hood or any other obstacle keeping you from pulling wiper arms away from windscreen. Most, if not all, cars allow such a trick, although few wipers come back to the base position as soon as you switch off the ignition. Additionally, replacing just one of the wiper blade at a time can guarantee that you have other wiper to reference when you face any problem.
- Lift arm away from windscreen and pivot your wiper blade. With wiper’s arm pulled away from windshield glass, now pivot wiper, so that the entire blade is in perpendicular position to arm. Some of them have a tab or clip to pull for complete rotation.
- Now have a rag or towel ready when blades are detached, so that you can rest bare wiper arms with softer material on your windshield.
- Now release connector and pull the blade downward. This step can vary, however, with most if not all blades, one can pull connector’s lower tab in outward direction in order to release connector tab from push button or hook to release wiper blade. As soon as it is disengaged, slide it down in order to remove whole blade form hook. You may require to give a fine tug in order to work for past corrosion or debris.
- Softly rest hook against the rag on windscreen. Wiper arms are spring loaded, therefore, do not let bare metal hooks drop immediately, since it can whack and crack the glass as well as windshield. Rag also helps to protect glass from being scratched if wipers start wiping accidentally.
- Pull new wiper connector into hook. Using rubber directed towards windshield, slide new connector into hook as well as give blade an upward pull while feeling or listening the sound of slick. Usually you will need to guide that hook by blade first before you engage or pull up connector with hook.
- As soon as it is secure, lower that blade and then repeat this on the opposite side.
- Last but not least, test wipers after you complete the installation, so that you aren’t testing them in next deluge with the wiper blades collapsing around and scratching your windscreen.
Congrats! You just successfully managed to replace your windshield wiper blades in a proper manner. If you still haven’t got a clear picture, you can see a few videos of how to replace windshield wipers, which you can find on YouTube and other video platforms.
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