How to change your windscreen wipers
Windscreen wipers are an essential part of your car (especially during the rainy and snowy months) to keep you driving safely.
But, since windscreen wipers are both on the outside and at the front of your car, they face everything the elements have to offer and tend to need replacing fairly regularly.
It’s also worth mentioning that ineffective windscreen wipers can actually result in an MOT failure.
The good thing is that windscreen wipers are really easy to change, and to save you time and money, you can change them yourself.
Please note that we supply and fit all wiper blades at our CarShop Service Centres, so please feel free to pop in and save yourself the task!
How do you know if they need changing?
There are some key things to look out for that will let you know if you wiper blades need changing.
If you’re windscreen isn’t getting cleared like it should be, the likelihood is you will need to change your wiper blades.
How to check your wiper blades
You should check your wiper blades fairly regularly. The more you check them, the less chance there will be of you driving with a distorted view as you will be able to change them in good time.
All you need is a clean cloth and undiluted washer fluid!
1. Pull the wiper arm away from the windscreen. Make sure it stands up so it doesn’t spring back into the glass – if it doesn’t stand up on its own then hold it firmly in place.
2. Dip the clean cloth into the undiluted washer fluid and wipe the edge of the blade with it.
3. Once the blade is clean, you’ll be able to run your finger along the edge of the rubber and identify any damage.
4. If you notice any imperfections like splits or cracks in the rubber, then it will need to be replaced.
Choosing the correct wiper blades
If you’re changing the wiper blades yourself, you’ll see an array of different-sized blades when you go to purchase them.
You also need to bear in mind that you may have different-sized blades used on your car too.
But you can easily check which ones will fit in your handbook or online, or you can ask for help at a reputable motoring shop.
The good thing about looking in your handbook or online first means that you will also know which TYPE of wiper blade you will need.
Three main types of wiper blade
There are two types of wiper, conventional and beam, and these can have different fitting for the blades:
Hook: These are the most common windscreen wipers you can find. These can look similar to a coat hanger as they have a hook-style connection. This type can be known as “standard” wipers.
Pin: These have a button on one side and a pin-like attachment where the new blade fits on to the wiper arm.
Bayonet: These blades have a locking-lever method of keeping the wiper blades in place.
There are many slight variations, but these means of changing them should work for most. But always check the first time you go to replace them, and always consult a professional if you are not sure.
How to change a hook wiper blade
After choosing the right traditional hook wiper blade, take it out of the packaging, pop it on your bonnet and follow our guide:
1. First, pull the entire windscreen wiper away from the screen so it stands up away from the glass. If it doesn’t stand up on its own then hold it firmly in place.
2. In the middle where it connects to the car, there will be a little lever which you can pull. This will get the hook off of the wiper blade – keep a note of how you do this and which way round the wiper blade is.
3. Lift the wiper blade away by taking it off the hook. Hold on to the wiper arm while you do this to avoid it accidently springing into the windscreen.
4. Bring over the new wiper blade and hook it on the same way you got the old one off.
5. Pull the hook down to secure it.
How to change a side-pin wiper blade
After choosing the right pin wiper blade, take it out of the packaging, pop it on your bonnet and follow our guide:
1. Pull the entire windscreen wiper away from the screen so it stands up away from the glass.
2. In the middle where the old wiper blade connects to the car, there will be a small pin which will have a spring-lock button. You can use a small flat-head screwdriver to press the button while you pull the old blade away.
3. Grab the new blade, and line it up with the hole you can now see.
4. Once that’s it, push down firmly on the wiper and wait for it to be locked in.
How to change a bayonet wiper blade
After choosing the right bayonet wiper blade, take it out of the packaging, pop it on your bonnet and follow our guide:
1. Pull the entire windscreen wiper away from the screen so it stands up away from the glass. If it doesn’t stand up on its own then hold it firmly in place.
2. In the middle where the old wiper blade connects to the car, there will be a little lever which you can pull. Pull this up.
3. When this lever is lifted you will be able to pull and slide the old wiper blade out.
4. Grab the new blade, and pull the lever up before sliding it in.
5. Once that’s it, push down firmly on the tab (away from the windscreen if possible to avoid accidents) and lock the new blade in.
It’s worth mentioning that some more modern wiper blades only require you to replace the rubber part in the middle of the blade which will help save on waste.
Whatever type of wiper blade you have, before you drive away, make sure you give them a stationary test with some washer fluid first – just in case!