How to Replace a Windshield Wiper Arm
Do your windshield wipers leave unwiped spots for no apparent reason, even after you replaced the blades? Chances are the hinge is binding from corrosion. We’ll show you how to replace the wiper arm and fix this problem.
Is it Time to Change Your Windshield Wiper Arm?
All windshield wiper arms have a hinge at the base that allows the arm to flex as it follows the curvature of the window. If the wiper skips over certain spots, even with a new blade, chances are the hinge is binding from corrosion. It’s most common on rear window wipers since they’re used less often.
You can oil the hinge, but that’s just a temporary fix—the corrosion and binding usually return. To fix the problem permanently, replace the wiper arm (available at an auto parts store).
What you’ll need to replace your windshield wiper arm:
- Socket/ratchet set
- Flat-blade screwdriver
Now you’re ready to get started!
Some Windshield Wipers are Held With a Retaining Nut
Some wiper arms are held in place with a nut. To replace that type, just lift the protective plastic cap, remove the nut and pull off the arm.
Other Wipers Have a Locking Clip
Lift the wiper arm a few inches off the glass and slide the locking clip out. Then lower the arm and pull it off the splined shaft.
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