Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Step by step guide on how to replace automotive windshield wiper blades. The article pertains to all vehicles.

Difficulty Scale: 1 of 10

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Small screwdriver
  • Replacement wiper blades
  • Protective eyewear and gloves

Begin with the vehicle on level ground with the parking brake on, while the transmissions is in park.

Step 1 - Locate the wiper blade for replacement.

Wiper Blade

Step 2 - Once the wiper is located and ready for replacement, lift the wiper arm into its service position away from the windshield. (Note: Some vehicles are designed with the wipers below the hood level. for this, turn the wipers "ON", then while the wipers are up on the windshield, shut the key "OFF", this will stop the wipers on the windshield. If the wipers return to the park position, lift the hood to gain access.

Lift Wiper Arm

Step 3 - After the wiper arm is parked position the blade to expose the release tab.

Wiper Release Tab

Step 4 - Using a small screw driver or simply a finger, release the wiper tab.

Wiper Release Tab


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35 years in the automotive repair field, ASE Master Technician, Advanced Electrical and Mechanical Theory.


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Article first published (Updated 2013-11-30)