Wiper Blades

Check the condition of the wiper blades at least every six months.

Replace them if you find signs of cracking in the rubber, areas that are getting hard, or if they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used.

To replace a front wiper blade:


To replace a front wiper blade:

1. Raise each wiper arm off the windshield, lifting the driver’s side first, then the passenger’s side.

Do not open the hood when the wiper


Do not open the hood when the wiper arms are raised, or you will damage the hood and the wiper arms.

2. Disconnect the blade assembly


2. Disconnect the blade assembly from the wiper arm:

Press and hold the lock tab.

Slide the blade assembly toward the lock tab until it releases from the wiper arm.

When replacing a wiper blade, make sure not to drop the wiper blade or wiper arm down on the windshield.

3. Remove the blade from its holder


3. Remove the blade from its holder by grasping the tabbed end of the blade. Pull firmly until the tabs come out of the holder.

4. Examine the new wiper blades. If they have no plastic or metal reinforcement along the back edge, remove the metal reinforcement strips from the old wiper blade, and install them in the slots along the edge of the new blade.

Make sure the three rubber tabs


Make sure the three rubber tabs inside the blade fit to each notch of the reinforcement, as shown.

5. Place the top of the wiper blade on


5. Place the top of the wiper blade on the end of the blade assembly, and slide the blade onto the assembly in the direction pointed to by the arrow.

Make sure the blade is completely installed.

6. Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm.Make sure it locks in place.

7. Lower the wiper arm down against the windshield, the passenger’s side first, then the driver’s side.

To replace a rear wiper blade:


To replace a rear wiper blade:

1. Raise the wiper arm off the rear window.

2. Disconnect the blade assembly from the wiper arm by pivoting the blade assembly upward.

3. Pull one end of the blade out from


3. Pull one end of the blade out from the holder.

Slide the blade out of the holder.

4. Examine the new wiper blades. If they have no plastic or metal reinforcement along the back edge, remove the metal reinforcement strips from the old wiper blade, and install them in the slots along the edge of the new blade.

5. Slide the new blade into the holder.

Make sure it is engaged in the slot along its full length.

Insert both ends of the blade into the holder. Make sure they are secure.

6. Install the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm.Make sure it locks in place.

7. Lower the wiper arm against the windshield.

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