Finding and Installing Wiper Blades with Jim and Natalie

Natalie Josef
October 11, 2012

Today, Jim Taddei (our expert mechanic) and I took to the parking lot outside the RepairPal office so he could "help" me install new wiper blades. And by "help" I mean, he installed them while I watched.

As I mention in the video, to find the proper wiper blades for your car, go to the vehicle manufacturer's website, your local dealer, your local auto parts store, or a store like Target or Walmart. There will be many blades to choose from, so be sure to look up the make, model, and year of your vehicle to find the correct wiper blades. On most cars, the two front wipers are different sizes, so do your research and make sure you get the right size as well.

As you can see in the video, Jim makes quick work of replacing the wiper blades and warns DIYers to be careful of cracking the windshield. If you fancy yourself a mechanical person, all you really need is a small screwdriver and you're set. If you're like me and are less mechanically inclined, have your buddy help you out or take your vehicle to the dealer.

Natalie Josef

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Natalie Josef is an automotive expert at RepairPal, the leading online source of auto repair resources and estimates. With many ASE Master certified mechanics on staff who have decades of experience, RepairPal knows all the fine points of car repair.

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By , September 08, 2013
I wonder why different blade manufacturers, the Saturn help center, and GM can't agree on rear wiper blade size for a 1996 SW2? Some in store catalogues and websites say 16", some say "15". I'm, pretty sure the one I have on now is 16" and the blade doesn't contact the window properly on the last few inches, toward the top of the blade.