In 1905 Mary Anderson patented a design for a swinging arm with rubber blades for windshields. Eight years later, windshield wipers were standard equipment on cars. We’d not imagine having a car without windshield wipers today. One of the tasks that comes with having windshield wipers is having to change the the windshield wiper blades.
If you are going to change your windshield wiper blades, you need the following items:
New blades and attachments
Your car’s manual (keeping it in the glove compartment is fine as you just need access to it)
A small screwdriver
The keys to your car (for access and ignition)
Get the correct blades.
You can get blades at an auto store or a store with an auto center. Make sure that you get the correct blades. Many stores now have a computer to help you determine which windshield wiper blades you need. Do not hesitate to use this tool. Make sure that you know the make and model of your car so you can find the correct blades. When you go to get the blades, make sure they are the correct ones by finding that your car’s make and model is listed or fits in the lists on the blade package.
Examine the windshield wipers.
Gently pull the wiper arm away from the windshield. Look at the windshield wiper and not how the windshield wiper blade is attached. Determine which of the windshield wiper blade attachments you should use to attach the new wiper blades. If you cannot easily tell how the blades are attached and which attachment should be used, then look in your car’s manual to find the information about how to replace the windshield wiper blades.
Remove the old windshield wiper blades.
Remove the old windshield wiper blades according to the instructions in your car’s manual. You may need a small screwdriver to press in an attachment tab.
Install the new windshield wiper blades.
Put the new windshield wiper blades onto the windshield wipers according to your cars manual and any instructions on the windshield wiper blade packaging. Make sure you use the correct attachment to put them on the wipers. Once the blades are on the wipers, gently push the wipers back against the car’s windshield. Do not let the wipers snap back against the windshield as this may crack the glass.
Test the blades.
Test the new windshield wiper blades by turning on the windshield wipers. Let them run to see if the blades are secure. If the blades are loose, they may slip out. If this happens, tighten them. Continue to test the blades and then tighten them until they do not slip out of the windshield wipers.
Anderson, Mitchell, How to Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades, Howcast