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How to Remove J-Hook Wiper Blades

by Richard Ristow

The process for removing wiper blades from a vehicle depends on the type of wiper arms they are connected to. A wiper arm serves as a connection between the blade and the motor that powers the blade's movement across a windshield. There are a variety of connection types, and blades with hooked or "J" wiper connectors are prevalent, sold both at general merchandise store car sections and auto parts retailers. Just as you probably surmised, the end of a J-hook wiper arm has a hook shaped like the letter "J." The wiper blade's center connection fits and locks into this hook. Learning and preforming the blade removal process for a J-hook type of wiper blade is extremely easy to do.

Lift the driver-side wiper arm off the windshield and let it rest in a vertical position.

Find the safety mechanism at the center of the wiper blade. Depending on the brand of wiper blade, you are looking for either a small lever or a clasp. This mechanism is responsible for ensuring that the blade remains securely on the wiper arm.

Undo the safety mechanism. This "unlocks" the blade.

Hold the wiper arm with one hand; with the other, pull the blade out of the hook.

Place a dry sponge on the windshield, and rest wiper arm's bare tip onto it. This is a precaution against scratching your windshield.

Repeat this removal process on the passenger-side wiper blade.

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About the Author

Richard Ristow has written for journals, newspapers and websites since 2002. His work has appeared in "2009 Nebula Showcase" and elsewhere. He is a winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling Award and he edits poetry for Belfire Press. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has managed an automotive department at WalMart.

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