How to Replace Windshield Wipers on Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

All the parts on your Hyundai car will wear down over time. One of the first things that will need replacing will be your windshield wiper blades. You will know when this needs to be done because they will smear rather than effectively clear the water away. Luckily, wiper blades are relatively cheap compared to other car parts; and if you can do the maintenance yourself, it is a great way to save time and money.

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 How to Replace Windshield Wipers on a Pontiac Sunfire

How to Replace Windshield Wipers on a Pontiac Sunfire

Lift the driver's side wiper arm as high as it will allow you to. While holding it with one hand, locate the locking tab with your other hand. It is on the underside of the center of the blade where it connects to the wiper arm.

Press the tab upward and pull the wiper blade from the wiper arm. It may give some resistance depending on how long it's been on there, but it will come free.

Tilt the windshield wiper horizontally to the wiper arm to remove it from the curved hook end of the wiper arm. Be careful not to let the wiper arm slip out of your hand and strike the windshield. You do not want to create an expensive repair while trying to accomplish a cheap one on your own.

Stand the replacement windshield wiper horizontally against the top of the wiper arm and insert the curved hook end of the wiper arm into the front of the windshield wiper. Turn the windshield wiper vertically to match the position of the wiper arm until the curved hardware clip of the windshield wiper will slide into the curved hook of the wiper arm. Press the blade into the curved hook of the wiper arm until you hear or feel a slight click. Jiggle the windshield wiper arm back and forth and up and down to make sure it's locked securely into the wiper arm.

Repeat this same procedure for the other side.

Items you will need

  • Windshield wiper blade replacements

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers in a GMC Sierra

Buy the FlexBlade type of SilBlade wipers for your GMC Sierra from the manufacturer's website. You're going to order the 22-inch set if you have a Sierra manufactured after 2000. With the FlexBlade, you won't need an extra adapter for installation.

Position the Sierra's windshield wipers vertically for easier access. Keep the car turned off throughout installation. You may also need a step ladder in order to make the replacement.

Squeeze the attached adapter of the old set of wipers. This will release the old set and make it easy for you to slide it out from the wiper arms.

Find the attached adapter on the new set of wipers. Take off the plastic cover in order to install the new wipers. You're then going to slide the hook arm of the wipers into the adapter. Once they have installed completely, you'll hear a clicking sound. Repeat the process for the passenger side windshield wiper.

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers in a Chevy Avalanche

Get a low price on the windshield wiper blades. Check out the discounts available on Best Value Auto Parts for their ACDELCO Chevy Avalanche wiper replacement set. Purchase the all season wiper blades that fit models from 2002 to 2006.

Take a screwdriver and insert it into the spring release of the blade saddle. You'll want to use the screwdriver to push down on the clip found inside of it. You can now easily pull the old blade out of the arm.

Push the blade saddle onto the mounting pin of the wiper arm of your Chevy Avalanche. Position the new blade so that the spring clip engages the pin of the new blade. Shake the arm slightly to make sure that you have placed the new blade securely inside.

Test the new wiper blades on your windshield. You'll want to make sure that you have fastened them correctly; otherwise the metal arm can scratch your windshield.

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers in a Chevy Cobalt

Purchase the windshield wiper replacement kit from Trico. You'll want to pick up the exact fit 22-inch type if you own a Chevy Cobalt between the years 2005 to 2006. Find this brand from the online retailer Car Stuff.

Remove the windshield wiper you need to replace. Chevy recommends that you replace both of the Cobalt wipers at the same time for ideal operation. You can press the release button in the center of the wipers and slide out the old blades.

Turn the wiper blade upside down. Move the blade off the wiper to the position where the curved end of the adapter is able to be pushed through the arm hook.

Take the adapter and push it into the arm hook of the windshield wiper. Once it locks into place, you know that it's secure.

Test that you have properly installed the Cobalt's windshield wipers. Start the car and release your windshield washer fluid. Note how well the new wiper blades get rid of the fluid.

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers on a Saturn Ion

Pivot the wiper arm in the upright position so it is standing away from the windshield.

Fold a towel and place it across the bottom of the windshield in case of accidental deployment of the wiper arm tension spring once the blade has been removed.

Swing the wiper blade counterclockwise until it's horizontal to the vertical arm.

Depress the plastic locking tab in towards the J-hook of the wiper arm. There are some blades that may have small plastic doors on top of the blade. For these, you need to lift the doors upward to reveal the J-hook.

Pull down on the wiper blade, while holding the release clip inward, until it's about 1/4 inch away from the J-hook.

Pivot the wiper blade so it's almost parallel to the wiper arm again then pull down to remove it from the wiper blade.

Install the correct-sized blade onto the wiper arm. Pivot the blade at the opening near the hardware clip then re-pivot it so the hardware clip can slide into the J-hook.

Pull upwards on the wiper blade until you hear a small audible click. Pull back down on the blade to make sure it's locked into place. If applicable, close the doors on top of the blade.

Repeat the procedure for the other side.

Items you will need

  • Towel

  • 22- and 19-inch replacement blades

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers in a Honda Civic

Turn off your car and set the emergency brake. You should never attempt even perfunctory repairs while the car is running.

Pull the wiper arm up from the windshield. It should pull back easily and remain in place once you let it go.

Find the lock tab holding the blades in place. In Honda Civics, it can be found on the plastic device connecting the blade apparatus to the metal of the wiper arms. Depress and hold it, then slide the blade apparatus towards the base of the wiper arm. It should come right off. The lock tab can be a bit stiff, so if you can't depress it with your finger, use the end of a key or a screwdriver blade.

Depress the two tabs on the end of the wiper blade--these connect the blades themselves to the frame of the apparatus--and pull the blade free.

Check the new blades for reinforcement strips, the long thin pieces of metal or plastic along the sides. Many blades have them, but some blades--especially discount brands--will not. (The packaging should tell you, and if it doesn't you can ask someone at the store when you buy them.) If they don't have them, carefully pull the old strips free of the used wiper and slip them into the grooves along the sides of the new wiper.

Slide the new blade back into the blade apparatus. The tabs should lock when you are done, holding it in place.

Place the blade apparatus back onto the wiper arm between the crook in the metal. The lock tab should click when it is in place.

Carefully push the wiper arm back down against the windshield. Turn the Honda's power on and activate the windshield wipers to test them.

 How to Change Windshield Wipers on a Toyota Tacoma

Park the Tacoma on level ground and shut the truck off. Lift the driver's side wiper blade arm to the standing position. By pulling it away from the windshield straight up, it will stand on its own.

Locate the locking plastic tab under the center of the windshield wiper blade where it attaches to the wiper arm. Press this small tab/pin inward and pull down on the windshield wiper to separate it from the curved hook of the wiper arm. Once its released, swing the windshield wiper upward to maneuver the blade free from the wiper arm.

Insert the new wiper blade by holding it horizontally against the standing wiper arm, and place the front of the windshield wiper arm onto the wiper arm in front of the curved hook end, just a couple of inches. Swing the windshield wiper vertically so the blade is on the windshield side, and slide the windshield wiper hardware onto the curved hook of the wiper arm. Pull up until you hear a slight click as it locks into place. Jiggle the blade up and down by hand to make sure it's locked securely.

Place the windshield wiper arm back in the down position against the windshield.

Repeat this procedure for the right side windshield wiper.

 How to Change the Windshield Wipers on a Hyundai Elantra

Pull the wiper blade away from the windshield so the arm is perpendicular to the blade.

Locate the tab where the blade meets the arm and push it in. This will release the blade from the arm mechanism. Some wiper blades require the tab to be pushed in with a small, flat-head screwdriver; this will vary with the type of wiper blade that was previously installed.

Pull the wiper blade away from the hook and remove it completely from the arm.

Insert the new wiper blade around the hook of the arm and push it in until you hear the retaining clip lock into place.

Lower the wiper arm gently so it rests on the windshield. Repeat this process for the opposite wiper blade.

Items you will need

  • Replacement windshield wiper blades

  • Flat head screwdriver

 How to Change Windshield Wipers on a Hyundai

Open the driver's side door, climb in and turn the Hyundai's electrical system on. Switch the wipers on for two seconds, then turn them off. This will park the blades in the middle of the windshield and will make accessing them easier.

Exit the vehicle. Lift the driver's side wiper arm off the glass and lock it in place.

Undo the safety tab at the center of the wiper. This will unlock the wiper and allow you to remove it from the arm.

Slide the wiper blade off the arm and discard it.

Align the new wiper blade's connector with the end of the wiper arm and pull the blade onto the arm. You will hear a click that indicates that the safety mechanism has engaged and locked the blade to the arm.

Lower the driver's side wiper arm to the windshield. Repeat the process for the passenger's side wiper blade.

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers in a Ford Explorer

Determine which wipers you plan to replace in your Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer has two front wipers and a single rear wiper. You'll probably need to replace the front set more often than the back.

Order the Explorer's windshield wipers from Car Parts Wholesale. You can find the Bosch wiper replacements for Explorers manufactured between 2002 and 2007. The front wipers measure 20 inches while the rear is 16.7 inches. For models prior to 2007, order the Bosch kit that contains the 22 inch front wipers. Rear length stays the same.

Pull the wiper arm away from the Explorer's windshield. You'll probably want to position the wipers vertically in order to have easier access.

Locate the lock pin on the wipers. In order to remove the old set of windshield wipers, you're going to have to press down on the lock pin. Pull the wipers towards the windshield in order to remove them.

Take the new wiper and slide it into place. You're going to position it in the same spot as the former wiper. Once you hear a click, you know that it's correctly in place. Repeat the process for the passenger and rear wiper if needed.

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

Determine the wipers that you need to replace in your Jeep Grand Cherokee. If you need a front replacement, the manufacturer recommends that you change both the driver and passenger side simultaneously. Jeep Grand Cherokee models have a rear wiper as well.

Order the Bosch windshield wipers from Auto Parts Fair. You can order the 20-inch front wiper set and 13-inch rear wiper for Jeep Grand Cherokees that were made from 1993 to 2004.

Place the wipers vertically on your clean windshield. Use a step stool or ladder to access the wipers of your Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Use the Bosch DirectConnect System in order to easily release and change the windshield wipers on your Jeep Grand Cherokee. Press the release tab and then easily slide out the wipers that you need to replace.

Install the new set of windshield wipers on your Jeep Grand Cherokee. You're going to put the new wipers through the adapter of the wiper arm. Run it over the grooves until you hear them snap in place.

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers on a Buick Century

Start the car and turn on the windshield wipers.

Turn the car off with the key when the wipers reach the top of their stroke.

Raise the arm that holds the wiper blade and push the blade towards the windshield exposing a tab between the arm and the blade.

Pull the tab with your finger and at the same time push the wiper blade down toward the hood of the car to remove the wiper blade.

Place the hook at the end of the arm through the hole in the center of the new wiper blade and engage the tab by reversing the action described in step number five.

 How to Change the Windshield Wipers on a Lexus RX300

Turn the wipers on. Turn them off when they are partway through their arc of motion.

Lift the wiper blade from the windshield, and locate the mounting clip attaching the wiper arm to the blade.

Push in the clip, and remove the old wiper arm by sliding it down and away from the blade.

Compare the new and old wiper arm to ensure that the new blades are the correct size. Reattach the new wiper arm by sliding it into the attachment at the end of the blade. There will be an audible click once the arm is secure on the blade.

Check the arm's rotation to be sure it has full range of motion. Slowly lower the arm back onto the windshield. Turn on the windshield wipers to ensure proper operation. Once you have seen them working properly, turn off the windshield wipers once more.

Repeat Steps 1 through 5 for the other windshield wiper.

Items you will need

  • 21-inch passenger side wiper blade

  • 24-inch driver side wiper blade

 How to Change the Windshield Wipers on a Kia Rio

Pull the windshield wiper arms up and away from the windshield.

Depress the spring clip at the end of the wiper arm where it meets the blade. Slide the blade along the arm and towards the car until it can be pulled free of the arm.

Slide the end of the wiper arm through the center of the new blade and then up slide the clip up against the wiper arm.

Depress the clip while you slide the blade along the wiper arm out towards its end until the clip locks in place.

Repeat the process for the other old windshield wiper blade and the back window, if your Rio has a rear wiper.

Items you will need

  • New wiper blades

 How to Replace Windshield Wipers in a Kia Spectra

Place an order for the windshield wipers for your Kia Spectra. On the Auto Parts Warehouse website, you can buy Teflon Trico windshield wipers for any Spectra made between 2000 and 2004. The Teflon type provides extra protection and will last longer than traditional wipers.

Take some time to get your Kia Spectra ready for wiper replacement. Wipe down the windows with glass cleaner and pull the wiper arms away from the windshield in order to gain easy access.

Lift up the hinged locking mechanism on the windshield wipers. Once you have released the locking mechanism, you should be able to slide out the old wipers from your Spectra.

Prepare to install the new wipers by inserting one end of the metal pin into the hole on the wiper blade. You're then going to start to pull down the locking mechanism until it snaps in place. Take the exposed end of the pin and push it into the wiper arm until it locks.