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How to Remove Pin Type Factory Windshield Wipers

by John DeCostanza

When driving in the rain or snow, it's vital to have working windshield wipers that do not streak or smear, and move across the windshield smoothly. But as windshield wipers age, they can become worn or frayed, and need to be replaced.

If you own an older model car, typically those built in the 1990's, and decide to replace the windshield wiper blades, you are likely to find that your car uses a pin type windshield wiper assembly. This means that the wiper blades attaches to the wiper arm with a has a pin or clip. While it may appear to be a complicated job, actually, pin-type windshield wiper blades are some of the easiest to replace. But, like everything else automotive, there's a trick to it.

Place a flat-bladed screwdriver between the wiper blade and the wiper arm.

Twist the screwdriver to the right until the blade dislodges from the wiper arm.

Remove the wiper blade.



  • Do not apply pressure down towards the windshield. You might slip and damage the windshield.
  • To insure that the windshield is not damaged, you can pull the wiper arm away from the windshield until the windshield wiper arm locks upright, then use the screwdriver to release the pin and remove the windshield wiper blade.

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About the Author

John DeCostanza has owned an auto repair facility for over 35 years. He is an ASE certified service consultant and auto parts specialist. He has been writing as a freelancer since the late 80s. His writing credits include a Gannett newspaper and " Newsweek"  magazine. DeCostanza is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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