How to Replace the Wiper Blades on Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Bad or non-functioning wiper blades can cause your Subaru car to fail a state inspection. Mostly, however, it's a safety issue. If your wipers are not working to spec, your visibility during inclement weather will suffer. Change the wipers once they begin to make harsh scraping noises. While looking at the rubber insert, you may also notice cracking and fraying -- further indicators that it's time for replacements. You can change your Subaru car wiper blades in only a few minutes, and you need no tools to do so.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace the Wiper Blades on a Dodge Ram

Raise the wiper arms away from the windshield until they lock into the "service position." You will feel them automatically lock.

Rotate the wiper arm away from the windshield. You'll feel the arm move easily into the correct position.

Identify the release tab on the bottom of the wiper arm.

Push the release tab on the wiper arm while simultaneously pulling the wiper blade out of the wiper arm. Once it is out of the wiper arm, you may discard the old blade.

Align the replacement wiper blade with the wiper arm track and slide it in until you the wiper blade lock into place.

Repeat these steps on the other wiper arm to complete replacement of your wiper blades on a Dodge Ram.

Return the wiper arms to their operational position against the windshield glass.

Items you will need

  • Dodge Ram

  • Dodge Ram wiper blade replacement kit

 How to Change the Wiper Blades on a Subaru

Begin with the Subaru's driver's side wiper blade. Grasp the wiper arm and move it away from the windshield. Stand the arm straight up, until it locks into position.

Locate and unfasten the security clasp at the wiper frame's central connector. Depending on the brand of wiper frame currently on the Subaru, this could be a tab or lever that needs to be pressed or moved with your finger. Undoing this clasp will "unlock" the wiper blade's frame and allow it to be easily removed.

Remove the wiper blade's frame. Hold the wiper arm with one hand, and grasp the wiper's frame with the other. Pull the frame out of the J-hook at the end of the Subaru's wiper arm.

Align the replacement wiper blade frame with the "J" at the end of the Subaru's wiper arm. Slide the replacement frame into the hook. You will hear a slight "Snap" or "Click" sound, as the securing clasp locks into place.

Lower the arm and the newly installed wiper blade to Subaru's windshield. Repeat this process on the passenger's side of the vehicle.

 How to Replace the Wiper Blades on a PT Cruiser

Grasp the wiper arm and raise it to an upright position. The wiper should sit completely off the glass.

Flip the wiper blade backward so the rubber section of the blade is facing straight up. Locate the release tab beneath the wiper blade where it connects to the wiper arm. Push the tab down while you slide the wiper blade straight up off the arm.

Slide the new wiper blade onto the wiper arm until the retaining clip clicks, locking into place. Lower the wiper arm to the glass. Repeat the process on the opposite wiper.

 How to Replace the Wiper Blades on a Chevy Avalanche

Pull the wiper arm up, away from the windshield so that it locks in the service position.

Grab and squeeze the grooved areas on each side of the wiper arm.

Rotate the wiper blade arm away from the windshield.

Pull the old wiper blade away from the wiper arm and discard.

Align the new wiper blade with the wiper arm. (Be sure that you're keeping the grooved areas squeezed.)

Release your grip on the grooved areas of the wiper arm. This secures the wiper blade into place. Repeat this process on the other wiper arm to complete replacement of new wiper blades on your Chevy Avalanche.

Items you will need

  • Chevy Avalanche wiper blade replacement kit

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