How to Replace Your Wiper Blades | Lakewood Ford | Denver

Windshield wipers need to perform

  • Replace your wiper blades at least once every six months.
  • Schedule it to coincide with both your fall and spring maintenance routine.
  • Changing your blades in the spring will eliminate the damage done to your wiper blade's fine edge from the ice, snow accumulation, and road sludge back splash from other vehicles.
  • Changing your wiper blades in the fall eliminates damage done to your wiper blades from heat of your vehicle's interior and intense Colorado sun. 
  • Intense heat breaks down the pressure of the rubber edge; flattening it out.

Ford Genuine Parts Three type of wipers:

  • Premium Hinged Blade- offering a wear sensor. It turns yellow and it's time to replace your wiper blades.
  • Formed Flex Blade- applies even pressure on the windshield by following the contours of your windshield
  • Original Equipment- Your Ford vehicle came with either the Flex Wiper Blade or the Premium Hinged Blade
  1. Turn the vehicle ignition key on, engine off, and turn on wipers.
  2. Turn the ignition off when the blades are vertical on the windshield, so that they are both accessible. You'll be working with the wiper arm, which is usually metal, and the rubber wiper blade insert that fits into the wiper arm grooves.
  3. Place a thick towel across your windshield to protect it. (There is a lot of tension on the arms and if they accidentally go back into service position-- it could break your windshield).
  4. Pull the wiper arms away from windshield. When you pull far enough they will lock into service mode position.
  5. If your wipers do not automatically lock into service position, manually pull out the locking tab at the base of wiper arm, where the arm connects to the pivot.
  6. Starting with the drivers side arm, turn the blade at an angle from the wiper arm.
  7. Squeeze the blades lock pin/tab on the bottom of the arm to release the wiper blade (a needle-nose pliers may help).
  8. Slide the blade out to remove the blade.
  9. Attach the new blade to the wiper arm by sliding it through the wiper's arm channel. Press into place by pulling the tab through the bottom of the arm.  When you hear the tab click, it is installed. 
  10. Repeat steps 5-7 for the passenger side.

Help your blades live longer

  • Clean them once a month with a clean rag and windshield washer fluid
  • In summer months, activate your wipers and the fluid at least once a week
  • Prevent blades from getting damaged by sticking to the windshield.
Larry H. Miller Ford Lakewood serves Denver Metro Area, including Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Golden, Westminster, Thornton, and Loveland.


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