How To Change Windshield Wipers & Fluid – VAL Blog

Windshield Wiper Replacement In 3 Easy Steps

How to change your wiper blades and select the correct washer fluid.

Wiper Blades On Car

Many people overlook the wiper blades when they do routine maintenance to their car, and only change the wiper blades when the blades start falling apart. The problem with that is when you find out they need changing you are usually driving in a pouring rain, and it is never convenient to stop and change them out. Continuing to drive with insufficient wiper blades can cause poor visibility, creating a dangerous driving situation. If the rubber blade starts to come off, the small metal clips on the arm can scratch your windshield and permanently damage the glass.

How To Change Your Wiper Blades In 3 Easy Steps

  • Choose the correct blades by measuring the length.
  • Un-clip the old blades and slide off the arm.
  • Slide on the new blade and clip in place.


Car Owners Manual

Most manufacturers will recommend you inspect your wiper blades twice a year and change them once a year. A good time to check and clean them in the spring and fall while you are washing the car. Most of the better wiper blades are made of high-quality rubber. Rubber is flexible and forms well to the glass to create an excellent water tight seal to prevent streaking. However, over time the sun’s rays and exposure to water and road film will cause them to dry out and become hard. They lose their ability to flex and form to the glass, causing them to crack and fall apart.

You should clean and inspect them a minimum of twice a year with soap and water, wiping them with a soft cloth. You will probably see black residue coming off on the cloth. This is road film and broken down rubber deposits. Once the blades are cleaned, they will seal to the glass better and wipe water off without streaking.

Selecting The Correct Blades

New Wiper Blade

Blades are sold in many different ways, but the easiest way to replace them is to buy the assembled blade, not just the wiper replacement. This is the part that clips to your car’s wiper arm. Blades are sold by the length in inches so you will need to measure your wiper blades before you go to the store.

Some auto parts stores will change your blades for free if you purchase the blades from them. So ask the sales person.

How to Change Windshield Wiper Blades

  1. Lift the wiper arm back until it stops in the extended position.Lift Wiper Blade
  2. Find the latch under the arm and squeeze it in as you slide the blade assembly down the arm until it becomes unhooked.Find Latch Under Arm
  3. Remove and check the new blade assembly. Next, possession the clip in the same place as the one you removed.New Blade Assembly
  4. Slide the wiper over the wiper arm and pull up until it snaps into the pocket and clicks into place.Installing New Blade
  5. Check to make sure it locked in thoroughly before you fold the wiper arm back down. That is all there is to it.Check Installation

Selecting The Correct Washer Fluid

Windshield Washer Fluid

There are several different types of washer fluid on the market so before you just grab one off the shelf you should take a close look at what you are getting.

Washer Fluid

Most stores will carry at least two or three different kinds. Some are summer formula with special bug removing additives that are great for keeping the glass clean during summer highway driving but have no freeze protection. If you live in a climate that drops below freezing, the summer solution will have to be removed when the winter comes in, or it will freeze solid and your washer will not work at all.

Filling Car Washer Fluid

Many antifreeze or de-ice solutions do a great job of melting the ice but don’t have a good wash detergent for cleaning the glass. Also, they can contain alcohol or another additive that can dry out the rubber in your wiper blades, so it is important to read the bottle and change it out before the seasons change. An excellent solution is to get a summer/winter formula. You may pay a little bit more, but you will not have to worry about it freezing up when you need it to work.

As you can see, changing your wiper blades is a very simple task even if you have never done it before. Most cars have the same type of clip that holds them to the wiper arm, but you may have a car that needs the modification kit that comes with the new blade. Follow the instructions that come with the kit and you will have the blades on in no time. Remember if you have a problem, most auto parts stores will change them for you at no charge.

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