Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Step 10 - Then, align the wiper clasp with the arm mount and push the wiper into place, this action will be accompanied by a slight click.

Align Wiper Clasp

Step 11 - Once the wiper has been installed, pull down on the wiper to ensure proper installation.

Check Wiper Installation

Step 12 - After confirmation of a successful installation, return the wiper arm to its original position.

Wiper Installation Successful

Once the job is completed, check wipers to confirm proper operation. Inspect and replace any other wipers that show signs of wear. The method in which the wiper blades are attached can vary slightly.

Helpful Information

A wiper blade can "chatter" across the windshield if the blade is not balanced. (Lip of the wiper must rock back and forth as the wiper changes direction.) If wiper is not balanced, slightly bend the wiper arm to adjust the blade set. A vehicles wiper blades are mandatory to clear water and obstacles that unobstructed vision of the driver, windshield washer solvent is used to help clean the windshield. Wiper blades are subject to sever weather conditions which can cause wiper blades to become cracked or dilapidated.

Some vehicles are equipped with dual or triple action wiper blades that designed to give additional cleaning action. Beware of wiper blades that show signs of wear as they can damage the windshield while in use.

Common Problems

  • When replacing wiper blades not getting the blade on the mounting pin completely allowing the wiper arm to become dislodged and possibly causing damage to the windshield.
  • Using wiper blades after the blade has failed permanently damaging the windshield by craving scratches in the wiper arc.
  • Wiper blade can create a chattering noise when the blade is not properly balanced allowing the blade to "flop" back and forth as the wiper direction changes.
Best Practices

  • Clean windshield before the first operating new wiper blades.
  • Replace wiper blades each winter season.
  • Check windshield washer reservoir fluid


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Article first published (Updated 2013-11-30)