How to Install Your Own Windshield Wipers

Replacing your wiper blades is something that can have a big impact on your ability to drive safely, but can be done rather quickly. You don't want to experience blurry spots when driving through a snowstorm. To replace your windshield wipers, just follow these steps:

  1. Inspect your blades: Are your wipers stalling or squeaking? If so, you're in need of a new pair. You can also take a look at the rubber on the blades for signs of wear and tear.
  2. Buy new blades: You have two basic options for figuring out the appropriate size of windshield wipers. You can just measure the length of blades you currently have on your vehicle or you can look it up online or in reference books found in all auto part stores. It's common to need different sizes for each blade. Once you've found the correct size(s), do some research on sizes and prices to find the right one. You should be able to find a selection of windshield wipers that range in price from $5-$40.
  3. Remove the old blades: Start by parking your vehicle on a level surface and raising both arms away from the windshield. Be cautious with these arms as they are spring-loaded. (You may want to place a towel over your windshield to keep it from cracking.) Press the stopper to unhook the blade at the joint where the arm connects to the blade. You may have another type of arm that requires you to remove a pin with a screwdriver.
  4. Install the new blades: The new blade you purchased should slide into the same position where the old blade was. Make sure the blade is secure by snapping the hook or securing the pin. Repeat steps 3-4 for the second wiper and gently set them both against your windshield.

That's it! You're done! You'll want to repeat this process every six months to one year, depending on the weather. You can also have the team at Christian Brothers in Allen do this for you as part of your regular maintenance service.