Last updated: August 2023
Are your wipers causing streaks on your windshield, making funny noises, or not connecting with the glass? If you’re experiencing any of these issues, and it’s been six months to a year since you changed your vehicle’s wiper blades, then now is the time to make the switch. (Exposure to the sun, snow, ice, and rain can cause rubber wiper blades to deteriorate.)
Fortunately, changing wiper blades yourself is easy — and typically cheaper than paying someone else to do it! Here’s how simple it is to keep your windshield wipers going “swish, swish, swish.”
Step 1: Purchase the proper wiper blade replacement. You can measure the length of your current ones or check your owner’s manual for the right size.
Step 2: Pull the wiper blades up from the glass.
Step 3: Every vehicle is different when it comes to removing blades, so check your owner’s manual for exact instructions. However, there will typically be a tab you need to press where the wiper blade meets the arm to release the wiper blades.
Step 4: Once you locate the tab and press it, slide off the old wipers. You may have to use some muscle.
Step 5: Line up the blades and slide on your new wipers until they snap into place.
Step 6: Finally, test that the new blades are working right and making good contact with the glass by spraying wiper fluid on your windshield and turning them on.