Autobarn Know How

     

    Replacing Windscreen Wipers

     

    If you have noticed any streaking, shuttering or unusual noise coming from your windscreen wipers, chances are that the wiper blades or assembly needs replacing. It is best to do this as soon as possible or damage to the windscreen of the vehicle may occur.



    How to Change Windscreen Wiper Blades


    You will need:

    • New wiper blades.
    • Scissors or a sharp knife.
    • Pliers.

     

    NOTE: All Autobarn staff have been trained in replacing wiper blades, so head into your local store if you require assistance.

     

     

    Replacing Wiper Blades

     

        1. Lift the blade assembly from the windscreen so the assembly is standing outwards from the vehicle. The assembly will be on a pivot hinge so will lift up easily.
        2. To remove the old blade, squeeze the end with the clip attached together and pull/slide the blade out to remove from the assembly (this is where you may need pliers to squeeze the end). 
        3. Insert the new wiper blade into the wiper assembly claws and lock the metal retaining clip into then end of the claw.
        4. From the end of the wiper blade assembly, cut off the excess rubber from the blade to fit the wiper blade. (Note: there may be a skinny long piece of metal running inside the blade. This piece of metal is easily cut or can even be snapped in some cases to fit the blade assembly).
        5. Lower the assembly gently back towards the windscreen, ensuring the whole rubber blade is flush on the windscreen.
     
     

    Replacing Wiper Assembly

     

        1. Lift the blade assembly from the windscreen so the assembly is standing outwards from the vehicle. The assembly will be on a pivot hinge so will lift up easily.
        2. The middle of the wiper blade will be where the blade pivots on the wiper assembly. To release the blade, push on the clip underneath/in the ‘U’ of the hook. Remove the blade gently by sliding towards the open end of the hook. You will be then able to disconnect the adaptor from the old blade.
        3. Attach the adaptor to the new blade. Slide/clip the new blade onto the assembly by sliding on to the hook. You should hear a click when the assembly has been properly attached.
        4. Lower the assembly gently back towards the windscreen, ensuring the whole rubber blade is flush on the windscreen.



    Helpful Hints


    Make sure you remember to..


    • Test your wipers after you have changed the assembly or the blade. The best way to test the wipers is to simply use the windscreen washer generally located on one of the indicator stalk/lever next to the steering wheel. Be sure to check the windscreen washer level before you begin the process. If anything seems abnormal, stop the test immediately and ensure the blade has been clipped in properly.
    • Always ensure the windscreen washer reservoir is topped up using water and a windscreen washer additive.
     
     

    Great Windscreen Wiper Products Available at Autobarn

     
     

    NOTE: This information is provided as a guide only and professionals should be consulted when doing any work to a vehicle. Autobarn is not liable for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) for any personal injury or damage to property suffered or sustained as a result of using the information provided.