DIY REPLACE WINDSHIELD WIPERS
Car repairs can get really expensive, and they tend to break your budget. There are several car repairs that you have been paying for in the past that you could be doing yourself. Replacing your windshield wiper blades is a great example of a repair that is easy and will save you money if you do it on your own.
The average cost to get your wiper blades replaced at a repair shop is between $25-55, whereas if you buy blades at Walmart and replace them yourself you’ll only spend about $10-$15.
While working for larger repair shops I would ofter preform these services for free (besides the the cost of the wipers), and one reason I started my own shop was to help people save money on car repairs. With that being said, I have written this DIY guide to save you money on replacing windshield wipers.
First things first, you need to know what type of blade your car needs. There are several different types of wiper blades, so I have provided a diagram below to help you figure out what kind you need:
The most common is the “Hook Arm” style, but many newer cars are beginning to adopt “PH Arm” blades. Before you start taking the blades apart, study them so you know how to put them together (take pictures if needed).
STEPS TO REPLACING WINDSHIELD WIPERS
1. Lift the wiper into an upright position.
2. Depress the retaining tab on the wiper blade attachment adaptor.
3. Next, slide the wiper arm towards the vehicles glass (arms still in the upright position) not all of the wiper arm styles with be removed like this.
4. Go buy a new set of wiper blades at Walmart, NAPA, Auto Zone, or any other stores that carries wiper blades. Bring your old blades with you so you know what kind to look for. If you’re unsure of what brand to buy, I have had personal luck with the Michelin series.
5. Install the new blades onto the wiper arms. Install the longer blade on drivers side, and the shorter on the passenger side.
6. Test out your new blades and make sure they function properly. If you notice they aren’t wiping quite right, you may need to readjust them or go exchange them at the store for another set.
These steps may change a bit depending on what type of wipers you have. If you need more information or a little more help replacing your windshield wipers, visit my website to contact me. I will be more than happy to help you out.
Thanks for reading, and happy wiping!