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How to Remove Windshield Wiper Arms on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The windshield wiper arms on a Vehicles need to be checked every six months to a year. The wiper blade and arm assembly are easily damaged by ice, so if you live in northern climates, you should check them during the summer. If your arm is broken, bent or damaged in some other way, you'll need a new arm assembly, which can be purchased from most auto parts stores. The Vehicles uses a special star-shaped Torx head bit to secure the wiper blades to the wiper motor.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove Windshield Wiper Arms on a Dodge Van

Locate the small tab at the base of the wiper arm.

Grasp the wiper arm about halfway between the mounting point and the wiper blade and lift away from the windshield as far as it will go without forcing.

Continue holding the wiper arm and rotate the retaining tab away from the wiper arm to the open position. You should be able to do this without tools, but if the tab is rusty it may help to use a flat-blade screwdriver to pry it open.

Lift the wiper arm off the pivot by gripping the round area at the base of the arm with your right hand, the shaft of the arm with your left hand and gently wiggling while lifting straight away from the pivot.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

 How to Remove the Windshield Wiper Arms on a Jeep Cherokee

Pull the wiper arm away from the windshield until the hinge on the wiper arm locks.

Insert the hex head socket over the top of the wiper arm pivot assembly at the base of the wiper arm.

Turn the socket counterclockwise with a socket wrench to remove the bolt holding the wiper arm in place.

Pull the wiper arm off of the Jeep Cherokee.

Items you will need

  • Torx bit socket

  • Socket wrench

 How to Remove the Windshield Wiper Arms on a Chevy

Pull the wiper arm away from the window, noting the position of the wiper.

Spray the socket bolt (if the arm is not held on by a release lever) with some spray lubricant which may help in getting the bolt off.

Remove the socket bolt with a socket wrench and remove the arm from its socket.

For a release lever-style socket, use a flat-head screwdriver to pry the release lever outwards and then remove the arm from its socket.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

  • Spray lubricant

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