How to Install Your Own Wiper Blades

Replacing your windshield wipers is a quick job that you can do on your own to dramatically increase the overall safety of your vehicle. When the rain starts to fall, you want to make sure that you can clearly see what is in front of you. To replace your windshield wipers, just follow the steps below:

1. Inspect your blades: Are your wipers stalling or squeaking? If so, it's time for a replacement. You can look over the rubber on the blades for signs of wear and tear.

2. Buy new blades: There are two basic options for determining the appropriate size of windshield wipers to purchase. You can just measure the length of blades you currently have on your car or you can look up your car online or in reference books found in all auto part stores. It's common to need different sizes for each blade. Once you have found the correct size(s), you can search for the best price and quality online or visit a local retailer. Typically, you'll 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. Then, raise both arms away from the windshield. These arms are spring-loaded, so be careful. (You may want to set a towel over your windshield to keep it from cracking.) Press the stopper to unlatch the blade at the joint where the arm and blade connect. In some cases, you will have another type of arm that requires you to remove a pin with a screwdriver.

4. Install the new blades: Your new blade should slide into the same position where the old blade resided. Make sure the blade is secure by snapping the hook or securing the pin. Follow steps 3-4 again for the second wiper and lay them both against the windshield.

Depending on the weather, you'll want to repeat this process every six months to one year. You can also have our team of technicians in Corpus Christi do this for you as part of your regular oil changes.