How to Replace Your Own Wiper Blades

Installing new wiper blades is something that can have a big impact on your ability to drive safely in wet weather, but can be done in under an hour. When the rain begins to fall, you want to make sure that you can still see as clearly as you can. Just follow these simple steps to replace your own wiper blades:

1. Inspect your wipers: Are your wipers stalling or squeaking? If so, it's time for a replacement. You can also take a look at the rubber on the blades to inspect for wear and tear.

2. Buy new blades: To find the correct wiper blades for your car, you have two options. You can 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. Once you've found the correct size(s), you can search for the best price and quality online or visit a local retailer. You should be able to find a selection of windshield wipers that range from $5-$40 each.

3. Remove the old blades: With your vehicle parked on a level area, raise the wiper 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 unhook the blade at the joint where the arm connects to the blade. You may have another type of arm that requires you to first take out a pin with a screwdriver.

4. Install the new blades: Your new blade should slide into the same place 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 lay them both against the windshield.

Depending on how much you use your wipers, you'll want to repeat this process every six months to one year. If you need help with this process, visit your local Christian Brothers location in Katy.