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How to Replace a Rear Windshield Wiper

by Kurt Erickson

The rear window wiper can become worn over time because of its exposure to the elements. Most manufacturers recommended checking the blade at least every six months by inspecting it visually and running it when the window is wet. Replacement blades are available at most auto parts retailers. To determine which one fits your vehicle, consult the catalogs in the wiper aisle for the model, make and year of your car, van or truck. Match the product numbers in the catalog to the proper wiper in the display rack.

Step 1

Lift the wiper arm away from the rear window until it locks in an outward position. If it doesn't lock, hold the arm away from the window while you complete this task.

Step 2

Remove the blade by turning it at a right angle to the wiper blade arm. Press the plastic tabs together in order to slide the blade out of the j-hook that holds the blade in place. On some vehicles, there is a button instead of tabs. Press the button to allow the blade to be released from the wiper arm.

Step 3

Slide the new blade into the wiper arm, making sure that it properly locks into place.

Return the wiper arm carefully to the rear window. Wet the glass and test the wiper to make sure it is attached securely.

About the Author

Kurt Erickson has more than 20 years of experience writing for newspapers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana. He is a 1987 graduate of Carroll College with a Bachelor of Science in communications. Erickson currently resides in Springfield, Ill., where he covers Illinois state government and politics for daily newspapers in Bloomington, Decatur, the Quad-Cities, Carbondale, Mattoon and Charleston.

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