How to Replace the Windshield Wiper Blades on Your Car

Visibility is extremely important when you are behind the wheel. If you are driving in stormy or snowy conditions, windshield wipers can help you see and keep you safe. It can be easy to forget to replace damaged or worn-out windshield wipers, but as soon as you notice they’re less effective, it’s time to change them out. Thankfully, this is a task that can be accomplished by just about anyone, but if you feel more comfortable having a professional do it, it should only cost around $12 to $16.

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When is it time to replace?

The rubber on wiper blades can wear even with limited use so it’s important to regularly inspect them every six to 12 months. Winter can be especially wearing on them so it’s a good idea to check them more often during those cold months. Ask yourself, are your windshield wipers leaving streaks of water across your windshield? When you examine your wiper blades, do you notice they are hard and/or cracking? If you answered yes to either or both of these questions, it is time to replace.

What you will need:

  • Two new wiper blades
  • A couple of clean rags

How to change out your wiper blades

Step 1: Measure your current wiper blade length.

You can also refer to your car’s owner’s manual for the correct blade length(s) for your vehicle. Keep in mind that it is normal for windshield wiper blades to differ in length.

Step 2: Remove your old wiper blades.

Set your wiper blades in the upright position on your windshield. Rotate the blade head until you have a firm hold on it and can decompress the place where the blade is connected to the metal arm. To prevent the exposed metal arm from snapping back and potentially cracking your windshield, carefully lay it down on a rag on your windshield. Repeat with your other wiper blade.

Step 3: Connect your new wiper blades.

Lift the wiper off the windshield and slide the new blade into the same end of the arm where you removed the old blade. Rotate until you hear a click, indicating you have securely attached it. Gently lay it back against the windshield. Repeat with the other wiper, ensuring you have attached the properly sized wipers.

Step 4: Test your new wiper blades.

Rather than waiting to test your blades for the first time when you are driving through rain or snow, go ahead and do so now. Are they working properly? Great!

Changing your windshield wipers is simple and maximizes your visibility for safer driving. See a visual step-by-step on how to change your windshield wiper blades at

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