CARS.COM — Replacing your own windshield wipers can be intimidating to the uninitiated. The swiping arms of plastic connectors, rubber and metal may seem like a riddle with steps only Indiana Jones can unlock, but it’s actually an easy task on many newer cars. Some auto parts stores offer complimentary installation when you buy wipers for your vehicle there.
Even so, it’s an easy enough job to consider doing it yourself if you found a sweet deal online or bought replacement wipers elsewhere. Ready to change your own windshield wipers? Keep reading to discover how to get the job done right.
Newer cars favor an easy-to-replace hook-style wiper arm where the windshield wiper blade simply slides over a metal hook and clips into place. Replacing the wiper blades on a hook-style arm is the process we’ll detail since they’re so common. We’d be lying if we said all wipers were the same or this easy to remove or replace — a variety of wiper arms and mounts have been used over the years. The stubborn ones with pins and unique latches can churn up rage so deep that the new wiper blades may turn into boomerangs before they’re ever installed.
While this guide should point you in the right direction when you need to change your car’s windshield wipers, every vehicle is different. Even blades using the same mounting style doesn’t guarantee all windshield wiper blades will come off the same way, so check your owner’s manual for guidance. If you’re having trouble, consult with a pro to avoid doing serious damage when trying to remove or install windshield wiper blades.