Easy Guide to Installing New Wiper Blade Adapter
Would you take even just a short trip with an intermittent wiper because the wiper blade adapter is broken? There's no problem with that. But not when you have to traverse the road while it's raining or snowing hard. If that happens, you will be no better than a blind trying to drive. You will be susceptible to accidents. However, you don't really have to go through such a life-threatening situation. You can replace a broken wiper blade adapter all by yourself. Depending on the type of your vehicle's windshield wiper attachment, replacing the adapter can be no sweat.
Difficulty Level: Easy
What you'll need:
Step 1: Inspect the windshield wiper. Carefully check for any other problems other than the broken windshield wiper adapter. Give extra attention to the rubber refill as well as the wiper blade. Make sure to do the inspection before hitting the road to an auto parts store in order for you to save time, effort, and money.
Step 2: Find the right adapter for your windshield wiper. Make sure that it would fit the wiper blade so that installation will be easy. If you're not sure what and how to choose, you can always bring the old wiper blade adapter in order to easily identify the correct replacement.
Step 3: Remove the old and broken adapter. Partially rotate its rear portion as you pull upwards. The adapter should release itself from the assembly when you slide it by pushing it forward. Most types of windshield wiper attachments today require the same procedure in removing the wiper blade adapter.
Step 4: Install the new wiper blade adapter. Position the adapter with its end that has the tab on the side of the wiper blade that has a smaller hole. Align the wiper blade adapter's center channel with the cross pin of the blade. Grasp it on both sides at the portion where you will feel that it presses down. Press it in, and then release the adapter until you hear a click. After that, firmly slide it in place.
For pin arm attachment, you will have to rotate the front portion of the adapter outward to about 45 degrees in order to provide clearance for the pin arm to easily pass through the wiper blade's large hole.
Step 5: Take out the wiper blade. Afterwards, position the wiper arm in the “up” position in order to set for the next step. In case you also need to replace the refill, use needle-nose pliers for you to be able to get it off more easily.
Step 6: Install the attachment device, whether it's a J-hook, pin arm, bayonet arm, or another type, through the top opening of the blade. When you're done with that, guide the blade into the attachment device, and then, pull it upwards until it locks.
Step 7: Give it a firm tug to test its proper attachment and that it is secured enough not to fall off when you hit the accelerator a little hard during a highway drive. Then, gently lower the arm onto the windshield.