Wiper Blade Replacement – Do It Yourself

Wiper blades on a vehicle are one of the most important parts on it. Without them you cannot see where you are going in rain, snow, sleet, and the mist from fog. It is important that you replace your wiper blades at least every 6 months. They don’t make them like they used to.

Learning how to change the wiper blades yourself will save you time, money and aggravation. There are a few things you must know before you change them out.


Wiper Blade Sizes

Bosch wiper bladesThere are vehicles whose wiper blades are the same size. My 1987 Ford Crown Victoria took 18 inch blades, 2003 Buick Century were 20 inches, and the 1995 Ford Taurus wagon I have takes 20 inches in the front and a 15 inch wiper for the rear glass.

To look up the size for your vehicle, go to the search bar on your computer or phone and type in “year, make, model wiper blade size”. It will come up with listings for your specific vehicle.

The auto parts stores have a computer to look up that information (sometimes it asks for the engine size – which doesn’t matter), and the counter person can help you with that. They can also help you choose the right blade that you would like for your car.

In places like Walmart, they have a computer. You select year, then make, then model and it will show you the size you need.


Types of Wiper Blades

  1. Winter blades which are fully covered by rubber to remove heavy snow, and sleet.
  2. Regular blades which are just wiper blades.


Wiper Arms

The wiper arm is the object where the wiper blade clicks into place or snaps on. These parts have different designs.


  • the Pin type
  • the J hook
  • the snap on


  • The pin type is for older cars such as ones sold in the 60’s, 70’s and some 80’s era cars. They have a pin or post that hold the wiper blades into place. It’s built onto the wiper arm.
  • The J hook is one of the most common wiper arms that are made. Most cars will take a regular size J hook blade. However, if you own a Dodge, Plymouth or Chrysler minivan, Jeep, or one of them; they have a larger J hook (more space between them).
  • Newer vehicles such as Volvo,have a snap on type blade. You have to unclick the snapped blade and then slide it off. You slide the new one on.

*If you buy your wiper blades at an auto parts store and need help installing them, ask if someone has a moment to show you how to do that.


Rear Window Blade

Rear wiper blade

If you own a brand new vehicle, chances are you will have to go to the dealer for the rear window wiper blade replacement. The dealer will not release the specific vehicle wiper blade to the market for 1-2 years.

Older vehicles you can get from the auto parts store or purchase them online. They get dry and nasty and have to be replaced as well.

If you’ve got a good snowstorm blowing and need to see out the rear, you will need a good wiper blade to do that.


Washer Fluid

Stores sell many types of washer fluid for your vehicle. They have the regular blue stuff, bug remover, and de-icer type.

  • Blue fluid says it’s rated to a certain temperature below zero. It still freezes and then you have to wait until the car is warm to be able to use it.
  • Bug Remover is usually green in color and beads up the water from the rain so that the wiper blade doesn’t have to work so hard. It helps to remove the squished bugs on your windshield and keep them from sticking to the glass. If you plan to use this one, put it in the washer reservoir before the bugs come out otherwise you will have to clean the glass off first.
  • De-icer fluid is great in winter and this also beads up the water on the window so that the wiper doesn’t have to work so hard. It also helps to remove the ice build-up on the glass.

*You should always let your car warm up first so that you don’t tear up the wiper blade especially after an ice storm if your car is stored outside.


I like being able to do things that need to be done on the car. finding the information I need to repair it, find the best deal on parts and accessories for it.

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