Learn How to Change Your Windshield Wipers – Kelowna Nissan
Old windshield wipers do a poor job of keeping your windshield clean, and in snowy or muddy conditions they can even make it dangerous for you to drive your vehicle due to poor visibility.
Fortunately, replacing your windshield wipers is a relatively easy and quick task that you can do yourself.
Finding Replacement Wiper Blades
You can find replacement windshield wiper blades at most auto retail stores. Most stores will have a book you can consult to find the proper size of wipers for your car. Wipers come in a variety of styles including winter and summer blades, or ones that work all year.
Don’t assume that all of your wiper blades are the same size. One side can be one or two inches longer than the other, and rear wiper blades are often smaller than the front wiper blades.
How to Change Your Windshield Wipers
Your wipers are made up of three parts:
- A lower wiper arm that extends from the base of the windshield. This is the metal piece that the blade attaches to
- The metal housing of the wiper blade. This is the part that you will attach to the lower wiper arm.
- The rubber blade that actually wipes the windshield. Note the orientation of the old blade when you’re taking it off.
Once you have your new set of wiper blades, start by removing your old ones:
- Pull the wiper blade arm away from your windshield.
- It should hold steady in a position perpendicular to the windshield. (Be careful it doesn’t snap back and damage your windshield).
- Unhook the old blade.
- Look at the joint where the wiper blade housing meets the metal wiper arm. There will be a small plastic stopper holding the blade in place.
- Press in the plastic tab and slide off the blade by pulling from the center towards the bottom of the wiper arm.
- Use one hand to hold wiper away from the windshield during this entire process. You can also put a towel on your windshield to protect it in case the wiper snaps back.
- Install new wiper.
- Slide your new wiper into the same end of the arm that you pulled the other wiper out of.
- Look at the metal arm: it will have a curve across the top. Pivot the replacement wiper blade until the curve of the clip fits into the curve of the metal arm and pull upward (lightly) until it clicks into place.
- Don’t force it. If the windshield wiper isn’t fitting in easily, check the orientation. Your new wiper may also come with instructions to help you through the process.
- Some new wiper blades will come with a variety of clips to fit different vehicles. Check your old wiper clips to make sure you are using the right connection.
Repeat this process on the remaining wiper blades, and you’re done!
Need help changing your wiper blades? Feel free to contact our service department for tips or drop by Kelowna Nissan today and we would be happy to help.