How to replace windshield wiper blades

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You usually don't know it's time to replace windshield wiper blades until you're in a rainstorm and you find they're not working. If you want to avoid this dangerous and scary situation by replacing the wiper blades in advance, here's how from AAA's Allan Stanley.

How to replace windshield wiper blades
  • It’s time to replace your windshield wiper blades when they don't clean the windows very well and leave streaks on the glass.
  • If blades are in pretty good shape and don't need replacement, just take a rag soaked with vinegar and clean the wiper blades to remove any road debris.
  • If they DO need replacement, simply pull the blade up from the wiper arm and disconnect it. In most cases they snap right off — some models may be more difficult to get off — and many replacement blades have instructions right on the back of the package.
  • Pay close attention to how they come off; that will help you get them back on.
Transcript

I'm Allan Stanley for howdini.com and in this segment we'll be checking and/or replacing wiper blades.

Simply pull the blade up and disconnect it. In this case it snaps right off. Some models may be more difficult to get off. Pay close attention that will help you get it back on. Also, replacement wiper blades may have the instructions right on the back.

I'm going to take a rag soaked with vinegar and just clean this wiper blade because it's in pretty good shape. Remember to remove any road debris. Snap it back on in place. You’ll know it’s time to replace your windshield wiper blades when they don't clean the windows too well. I'm Allan Stanley for howdini.com

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  • Allan Stanley

    Allan Stanley Manager, Technical Training and Research, AAA Allan Stanley is the Manager of Technical Training and Research for AAA. Stanley is an Automotive Service Excellence, Master Certified Auto Technician and has extensive experience in many facets of the automotive repair industry. He serves as Vice President of the Automotive Managers Training Council. more about this expert »

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