The first step in every installation is verifying you have everything to do the installation. That’s easy on this installation because all you need is the replacement blades and maybe a flat head screw driver.
The wipers are hinged at the bottom and will fold out and away from the windshield. Hint: if your wipers tuck below the hood and are out of site when they are off, you may want to turn them on and catch them halfway up the windshield, then turn the key off to stop them mid stroke. Turn the wiper blade perpendicular to the arm.
Determine how your wiper blades are attached to the arms. There are three different methods commonly in use today.
- The universal slide. This is the most common design and doesn’t require any tools. Press the lever on the bottom side of the connector and slide the blade down toward the base of the wiper arm.
- The side pin. The pin is 7mm and at a right angle to the wiper arm. You have to push the spring lock button with a small flat head screw driver and then pull the blade away from the arm.
- The bayonet arm. Lift the locking lever then slide the blade away from the base of the arm.
The new wiper blades should come with instructions. Some blades are universal and come with adaptors to fit most types of connectors. Here are basic instructions for each type of connector.
- The universal slide. Place the blade just below the hook and push it back into the hook until it snaps in place.
- The side pin. Press the hole on to the pin until it locks in place.
- The bayonet arm. Lift the locking lever and slide the wiper blade towards the base of the wiper arm.
Test your new blades. They should glide across the windshield smoothly with no skipping or jumping. You just saved yourself as much as $20 for installation. Pat on the back time. Order a set today, and have them delivered right to your door.
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