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Wiper Blade Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Wiper Blade Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$8 to $80

Talent:

*

Applicable Models:

BMW E10 2002 Coupe/Conv (1967-76)
BMW E21 320i Coupe (1977-83)

Parts Required:

New wiper blades

Hot Tip:

Clean windshield before installing new blades

Performance Gain:

Better visibility in inclement weather

Complementary Modification:

Repaint wiper arms

One often overlooked wear item on your car is the wiper blades. While some BMW 2002s may sit for long periods of time and may never get driven in the rain, the rubber in the blades will still deteriorate and dry out even while the car is sitting still and indoors. This is one of those things that can easily ruin your day if the weather suddenly turns bad or you turn on the wipers and it drags the metal from the holder across your windscreen rather than the rubber blade. Replacement of the blades is very easy and should take no longer than 15 minutes.

If you live in a wetter climate, then you'll understand the importance of wiper blades that work well. If running the wipers just streaks the windshield, it's time for new blades.

Lower quality blades tend to dry out or crack quicker than quality ones. They are more expensive, but they last longer and do a nicer job of keeping the water off the windshield.

We are working on the Clarion Build's BMW 2002.
Figure 1

We are working on the Clarion Build's BMW 2002. It is a show car. With any car you should always place something between the wiper arm and the windshield. Dropping a wiper arm onto the bare glass of the windshield can turn a cheap DIY fix into a major expense if you crack the glass. Take two minutes and place a piece of cardboard or a towel between the arm and the glass.

With the protection down lift the wiper arm 90 degrees from the windshield and turn the wiper blade 90 degrees from the arm.
Figure 2

With the protection down lift the wiper arm 90 degrees from the windshield and turn the wiper blade 90 degrees from the arm. While holding the arm in place close to the blade push the blade back towards the windshield (red arrow).

The post on the wiper blade (red arrow) will unclip and slide out from the clip in the arm (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

The post on the wiper blade (red arrow) will unclip and slide out from the clip in the arm (yellow arrow).

Check the condition of the clip end of the arm for any cracks or damage (red arrow).
Figure 4

Check the condition of the clip end of the arm for any cracks or damage (red arrow). Before installing the new blades take a moment to touch up any damage or exposed metal on the arm (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.



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jimbo Comments: Hi guys ,can you point me in the right direction for a replacement rear panel to suit a e21 coupe the panel the boot lid shuts down to and the lights are fixed into very many thanks Jim
November 18, 2016
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