How to Replace Windshield Wipers On Your Car

How To Replace Windshield Wipers On Your Car

Avandacar – Do you hear a squeaky sound when you use the wipers while driving? Or, the wiper moves strangely after you turn it on. That could be one of many signs that you should replace the windshield wipers with new ones. Here, we will show you How to Replace Windshield Wipers on Your Car.

This article will guide you step by step in replacing windshield wipers. You don't need to visit the car workshop only to replace the wipers. That means you save more time and money by replacing this part of your vehicle. Let's start!

Preparation

There are two things you need to do before replacing the . The first step is measuring the old windshield wiper. It is necessary to get the accurate number that you will use as a reference when you buy the replacement wiper.

You can use measuring tape to find the size of the wiper. Or, you can refer to your vehicle manual to see the size. While you read the manual, you also might find other information like window size and such, in case you want to modify it like changing the window tint. As for this one, you can also read our article, How to Remove Car Window Tint to learn more about how to do it.

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The other thing you should prepare is the new wiper replacement. Buy the product with a similar size to your old wiper. Or, to be safe, buy OEM products that match your vehicle model. You will get the most accurate wiper you can install.

While you are at the store that sells the new wiper, you also can get a windshield pad. It is a protective pad you put on the windshield during the new wiper installation. It will protect the windshield glass from scratch and damage that could happen during the installation.

Changing the Windshield Wipers Steps

Here are the complete steps to replace your windshield wipers.

  • Pull the windshield wipers, so it stands vertically,
  • Look at the middle hinge, which connects the wipers and the stick that moves it around.
  • Open or unhook this part to remove the old wipers. There are many types of hooks depending on the car model. But mostly, you won't have any problem to remove it. Plus, you also can do it by hand, or sometimes using a flat-head screwdriver to make it easier to remove the old wiper.
  • Install the new wiper in the reverse way you remove the old one.
  • Check if the new wiper is properly installed. Move it a bit and it should stay in one place.
  • Remove the pad.
  • Return the windshield wiper to its original position.
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Those are all simple steps to replace your windshield wiper. After you install them, test them out by turning on the wiper from the car. Also, try to use the windshield cleaning liquid spray to see if it works properly with the new wiper.

Replacing the Rubber

The steps we show you on How to Replace Windshield Wipers on Your Car guide above are the methods to replace the entire wipers. However, there is a time when the wiper still works and doesn't have any damage to its mechanism. But it doesn't work properly because the rubber gets damaged or dries out because of the weather.

If you experience that situation, you only need to replace the rubber. Here is how to do that:

  • Pull the wiper to a vertical position, so you can easily remove the rubber,
  • Pull out or slide the rubber off the wiper,
  • Clean the wiper from any debris and rubber leftover,
  • Install the new rubber by sliding it into the wiper.
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Changing the rubber only costs much less than replacing the entire wiper. Therefore, you should consider this solution before deciding to buy a new windshield wiper. You save more money and your wiper will work wonderfully.

Why Should You Replace Windshield Wipers Regularly?

One of many reasons is that the wipers get damaged or deteriorate. However, that's not all the reasons you should change the windshield wipers regularly. There are also more advantages you can get from having a new wiper on your car, such as:

  • Improve the visibility when you drive, especially during rain and winter,
  • It will protect your windshield from scratch and damage because of damaged windshield wiper,
  • Easy to do, no need for professional help,
  • It is also cheaper than replacing the windshield or window tint because of scratches from the damaged wiper.

Final Words

As an essential part that will affect your visibility during driving, it is necessary to replace windshield wipers as soon as you need them. This guide also shows you this method is easy to do, so you don't need to hesitate to buy the replacement. That is everything you need to know about How to Replace Windshield Wipers on Your Car.

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Adrian Padeanu

Adrian Padeanu is a seasoned automotive expert and the driving force behind AvandaCar. With over a decade of hands-on experience, Adrian's insights into car culture and vehicle mechanics fuel the website's engine. His passion for innovation and performance shines through every article, steering readers to the heart of the auto world. He graduated from Economy and Business Administration with a Master's Degree in European Business Management.