How to Change Your Windshield Wipers

Learn to replace windshield wipers yourself to save time, money—and a trip to the mechanic!

How to Change Your Windshield Wipers

You can pick up a new pair of windshield wipers at a gas station or auto body shop—make sure you're buying the correct length first by checking the length of your wipers with a tape measure, or finding the size in the owner's manual. Pro trick: Extend the life of your wiper blades by carefully wiping them down with rubbing alcohol once a month.


1. Carefully raise the wiper arm away from the windshield, to the point where it remains upright. Don't force it, and be careful not to let it drop (it could crack the glass). Examine the area that holds the blade in place and look for the connector that releases the blade. Most likely it will be a tab you push in or unlatch. Jiggle the blade until it comes off; if you're having trouble, use a screwdriver or pliers to help get it free.

2. Remove the old blade and insert a new one, sliding the blade onto the assembly until it clicks into place.

3. Gently lower the arm back onto the windshield. Repeat with the other blade, then test the wipers to be sure they've been installed correctly.