When was the last time you had to replace windshield wipers? If you don’t remember, that’s probably a bad sign. Most drivers have their wiper blades inspected by their mechanic during oil changes, but those who prefer a DIY approach to minor maintenance might have neglected this vital piece of automotive safety equipment.
recommends that drivers replace their wipers every six months or so, but you should definitely be able to tell when it’s time for a new pair. If you find that your windshield is streakier than usual or that your wipers don’t glide across the glass as smoothly as before, it might be time for a fresh set.
Don’t worry; wiper blades are pretty affordable, and they’re a breeze to replace by yourself. Here’s how:
Hook Slot Connector
Most blades have a hook slot connection, and they’re the simplest to replace. Pull the wiper arm so that it juts upward, perpendicular to the windshield. Find the latch holding the blade in place, unhook it, and slide the blade off the arm. Insert the new wiper and slide it along the arm until it snaps into place. Voila!
Pin Type Arm
The same concept applies to pin arms, but, as you may have guessed, these arms feature a plastic or metal pin that holds the wiper in place. Pull it out, slide the old wiper off, replace it with the new one, and re-insert the pin to ensure that the new wiper is securely fastened.
For these arms, you’ll need a screwdriver. The tabs that hold the wiper blades in place are fastened by small screws that secure the blades as they’re tightened. These take a tad more time and attention but still shouldn’t take more than five or ten minutes from beginning to end. Once the screws are out, the tabs release the blade and it slides off the arm like the other two types. Slide on a new blade, tighten the tabs with the screws, and you’re good to go.
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