How to Change Your Volkswagen Windshield Wipers

December 9th, 2017 by

After your tires and brakes, your windshield wipers might be some of the most important safety equipment on your Volkswagen. If you’ve experienced any of the following issues, it’s time to get new ones:

– Streaking
– Cracked blades
– Unusual noise when in operation
– Bent blade arms
– Failure to clear water

New Windshield Wipers in Five Easy Steps

There’s no need to be intimidated by the prospect of changing your windshield wipers. A few quick steps will have you back on the road to Evanston with your crisp, clear view intact:

1) Place wipers in the service position. Newer vehicles require that you turn the vehicle on, off, and pull the wiper lever down once. This will put the wiper arm in the right position, so you can get to work.

2) Protect the windshield. Place a towel or other soft material beneath the wiper against the windshield to prevent accidentally scratching the glass.

3) Remove old wipers. Lift the wiper arm and press the small tab on the underside of the wiper lever where it meets the old wiper arm. This should allow the old unit to slide off.

4) Attach new wiper blade. Line up the hook on the wiper arm with the new wiper blade and press into place. You should hear clicking sounds once the blade arm is properly placed. Repeat for the second windshield wiper.

5) Test your work. With both windshield wipers in place, turn the vehicle on, then turn on the wipers on ensure they’re correctly installed. Make any adjustments necessary before you get on the road.

Stop by Jennings Volkswagen to get your car service right

If you have any trouble getting your new wipers in place, or would just rather not do the work yourself, stop by the Jennings VW service center, and we will be happy to lend a hand. We’re located in in Glenview, and you can schedule an appointment online. We can also help you with other tasks like changing the battery in your key fob.