Sparesbox Blog

Replacing Windscreen Wiper Blades

By Liam Ridings

Tue Mar 06 2018

Have you started dreading a light downpour? Have streaks, smears, and reduced visibility become a problem of late?

Stop avoiding it. It’s time to change your worn wiper blades.

Don’t fret, you don’t have to go back to the dealer or pay an arm or a leg to have someone do it for you, changing your wiper blades is one of the simplest automotive maintenance jobs.

 

What you’ll need to change your wiper blades

Now that you’ve got all the tools you’ll need to change your wiper blades, let’s have a look at the process.

 

How to Replace Wiper Blades

  1. Lift the wiper arm away from the windscreen. Note that in some European cars you will need to keep the key turned in the ignition to release the wiper blades from the ‘hold position’.
  2. Push down on the small tab on the underside of the wiper blade where the wiper meets the wiper blade arm (the metal part of the assembly).
  3. Remove your worn wiper blade
  4. Insert the new wiper blade into the existing wiper assembly claws. Lock the metal retaining clip at the end of the claw and ensure the new blade is sitting securely in place.
  5. Cut any excess rubber from the end of the wiper claw.
  6. Lower the wiper blade back to its resting position- job done!

 

Hints for Changing your Wiper Blades

  • Always test your wiper blades once you have replaced them. The middle of a downpour on a congested road is not the time that you want to find out that you haven’t changed your wiper blades correctly.
  • Be sure to check your wiper fluid level. Many people don’t realise that adding some Windex or other brands of conventional glass cleaner to your windscreen fluid reservoir can harm the reservoir and your paintwork when it inevitably meets it. We recommend Bosch Windscreen Washer Fluid.
  • There is no set period for how long your wiper blades should last. We recommend checking them regularly for signs of wear. They are one of the cheapest, yet more important safety components in your car.

 

Check out our Bosch Wiper Blade Fitment Video