How to Change Rear Wiper Blades

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How to Change Rear Wiper Blades
Rear wipers are not available on all vehicles. (Peeter Viisimaa/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Changing a car's rear wiper depends on the make and model of the vehicle. Some rear wipers are relatively easy to swap out as they feature the same hook-arm connection as the front wiper set. Some vehicles, such as Hondas and Land Rovers, for example, are a little more difficult and involved in terms of replacing the rear wiper blades. These blades will have to be special-ordered through the dealership.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Lift the wiper arm vertically off of the rear window.

  2. 2

    Undo the safety tab that locks the blade onto the arm. Releasing this mechanism will depend on the blade's connection type. Some wipers feature tiny levers while others, equipped with a push tab assembly, do not.

  3. 3

    Pull the wiper blade off the arm. This will also depend on the type of connection. A small pin wiper can be popped off with a screwdriver. For a common hook arm wiper, it is as simple as pulling the wiper out of the hook at the end of the arm.

  4. 4

    Align the new wiper's centre connector with the end of the arm and pull it into place. You should hear a "click" as the safety tab snaps into place, locking the blade to the arm. For a small pin assembly wiper, you will have to push the wiper arm's pin into the side of the blade's centre connection.

  5. 5

    Lower the newly installed wiper blade onto the rear windshield.

Tips and warnings

  • If the rear wiper involves removing the wiper fluid tube, you may want to consult a mechanic specialising in your brand of car.

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