How to: Rear wiper blade replacement
Difficulty Level - So easy it's almost funny.
-1 new wiper assembly
-1 pair of pliers
-1 razor knife
Step 1 - Gently pull rear wiper away from glass, and slowly pull the blade away from the wiper arm (back towards glass). There will be some resistance, but DO NOT BEND OR DAMAGE THE BLADE!!! You will be re-using the metal "ribs". The passenger side end will eventually pop out with some persuasion.
Step 2 - Grab your new wiper assembly. I used an "ANCO" from wal-mart. $4.97+tax. I got a 21" so that I can have a spare blade. Plus, all the sizes were all the same price.
Step 3 - I used my pliers to snap the retaining tab off of the NEW wiper assembly since all I'm needing is the blade. Then I slid the blade and ribs out. Discard the NEW wiper assembly if you want.
Step 4 - Remove the NEW metal ribs from the NEW blade. Feel free to discard them or bend them into funny shapes. You will not be needing them.
Step 5 - Remove OLD metal ribs from the OLD wiper blade. They pull right out, but make sure not to damage them. Discard old crusty chewed up blade.
Here's a side by side of my old blade and new blade.
Step 6 - Insert OLD metal ribs into the NEW blade at one end. Then carefully cut the blade with your razor knife where the metal ribs end.
Step 7 - Insert new blade with old ribs back into wiper arm. I slid the driver side in first, since I had more room on the wiper arm to play with on the passenger side. Again, be very careful NOT TO BEND THE METAL RIBS!!!
Step 8 - Get's to wipin'!!!
I really need to thank MidnightSXT for the brief write up, it really helped me put this together. This is a very simple task and you'll drive easy knowing that you're not going to etch an arch into you're rear glass.
Last edited by critterCQB; 08-30-2010 at 02:18 PM.
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UPDATE!!! - Before you go to wal-mart(or anywhere for that matter) to purchase your new wiper, check the little closet in you garage. You might just find an unopened wiper hanging on the wall like I just did.
Last edited by critterCQB; 02-06-2011 at 12:05 PM.
Wow I didnt even know this was in the KB, let alone mentioning me **blush** Changing that blade sure helps when your wiper arm can do this...
Just replaced mine today. Very easy to do. Thank you for the pictures and explanation, it made the process quick to do!
My pleasure. Glad to help. Thank you for the beans, comin' back at ya.
But not just any wiper blade works. In my stock of blades in the garage, I couldn't find a single Anco blade and none of the other 20+ odd blades I had were wide enough.
Originally Posted by critterCQB
Hmmm. The metal "ribs" are really what need to be the right width. That's why I recycled the old ribs with the ANCO blade. The ANCO ribs were too wide, the factory ribs were just right.
Originally Posted by ynst
I did this awhile ago on my Mag. I went to Napa and picked up a new blade for a couple of bucks and got a new wiper and it was so easy to trim and fit with the new metal and it works like new. We would all save a lot vs. getting a new blade from the dealer.
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Originally Posted by fatchance
I did this last night. I used the Trico Break-To-Fit 6MM wide wiper refills from Advance Auto Parts. They were $7 and you get enough to do four replacements. I reused the stock ribs, but if you had to I think the Trico ones that were included would work, too.
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Originally Posted by MidnightSXT
Thats the HHR arm, correct? Is the blade available in the aftermarket?
You can look in the knowledge base.
Source for replacement wiper arm. Chevy HHR,yes I said Ch3vy.
I took the pictures in this thread, and took the wiper arm off of my Magnum. I then used a hand held grinder to make my wiper arm look like the picture, and I had a wiper that would stand off the glass. Took me about 45 minutes start to finish and no money. Sure makes it easy to clean the window.
As cool & clever as this is, I truly don't see the point. As mush as I wish we had pop out/roll down glass, we don't. The small amount of space that my factory wiper comes off is just enough to get a windexed paper towel under. So... I'll stay. But good work!
Originally Posted by MidnightSXT
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