How do I change my windshield wipers myself?
You are driving through some rainy weather. You turn on your windshield wipers and they begin to go back and forth on your windshield, but you still cannot see through your windshield. Now what? It is time to replace your windshield wipers. It can be expensive and inconvenient taking your vehicle in for a relatively easy fix. Are you wondering, “how do I change my windshield wipers myself?” Keep reading below!
How do I know if I need to replace my windshield wipers?
If you turn on your windshield wipers and they do any of the following, it is time to replace them:
Leave streak marks
Make a chattering sound
The blades are pulling away from the windshield
The rubber is no longer in a solid piece
Where can I get new wipers from?
If you have a trusted mechanic, you can ask him to order windshield wipers for you. If you do not have a trusted mechanic, head on over to an auto parts store.
Steps for replacing the wipers
When you pick out your new windshield wipers, make sure that you know the exact make and model of your vehicle. This way, whoever is assisting you in picking out the new wipers will be able to advise you on the proper ones that will fit your windshield.
- Make sure that all of your materials are set up. This way, you do not run the risk of having unprotected metal hit your windshield.
- First, pull the wiper off of your windshield.
- Turn the blade perpendicular
- You will see a tab, pull that out.
- You should hear a snap. When you do, pull the blade towards your vehicle.
- Put the new wiper where you pulled the older wiper from.
- Make sure it snaps into place
- Do this again to the other wiper.
- Gently and carefully put them back onto your windshield. Test out your new wipers and see if they work better than before.