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How To Replace Change Windshield Wiper Blades Refills

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  1. step : Removing and Reinstalling Hook Style Wiper Blades (1:50)
    • Press the tab on the back of wipers, and pull the whole blade back
    • To reinstall, insert arm through the blade and lock in back on
  2. step : Removing and Reinstalling Pin Style Wiper Blades (2:19)
    • You need a screwdriver for this. While being firm, pull the blade away from the pin
    • To reinstall, take the new blade and push onto the pin
  3. step : Removing and Reinstalling Wiper Refills (3:23)
    • While pressing on the tabs, lift the blade up and firmly pull it off. Pull out the rubber
    • To install, make sure the metal slides into the little teeth that come down. There are usually four to five sets, depending on how big the wiper blade is.

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In this video, we are going to talk about wiper blades and wiper refills. There are three different general types of wiper blades. There is the hook style on the lower part there is a little hook at the end. This is the style that's used on almost all new cars and a majority of cars from the late 90s up. The second style is the pin style the wiper blade mounts to the arm with a little pin. The third style is wiper refill.

This car, an old GTO, actually has a refill in the wiper blade. When you change your wiper blades is up to you. If you start seeing little lines of water getting left behind, you should inspect your wiper blades and make sure they're nice and smooth all the way across. If they have any little ridges or divots in them then it's probably time to change them. Obviously, you don't want to let them go too long because once the wiper blade runs out then some of the little teeth in your mechanism can actually scratch the windshield. Generally on newer cars, the blade is by hook style. It has a little tab on the back, and after pressing on the tab, you pull the whole blade back and it comes off. You can buy a new wiper blade to replace that. It goes back on by inserting the arm through the blade and then locking it back on.

Another style of wiper blade is what we have here on this older GM truck. It's kind of a pin style. You actually need a screwdriver. You have to be kind of firm with it. It's just mounted onto a pin and you'd buy that blade to replace it. You push it right on.

Once you know what type you have, all you need to know when buying new blades is what length you have. They come in anywhere from 8-inch for some older vehicles, all the way up to a 30-inch range for some of the newer vehicles.

On some older vehicles, like here on this old GTO, you can do the same thing. There's actually a tab under here that you press down on. Then you can lift the blade up and firmly pull it off. Many a times, the original style stainless steel blades are not available. What you can do is use a wiper refill. You pinch the end together and pull out. Then just the rubber comes out. Then obviously to put it back in, you need to make sure on the arm there's little teeth that come down and this metal here slides into those teeth. You slide it in and there are usually four to five sets depending on how big your wiper blade is. There you go.

We hope this helps you out.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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