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Pelican Technical Article:

Wiper Blade Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$16 to $30

Talent:

*

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Parts Required:

New wiper blades

Hot Tip:

Clean windshield before installing new blades

Performance Gain:

Better visibility in inclement weather

Complementary Modification:

Check windshield washer fluid

One often overlooked wear item on your car is the wiper blades. This is one of those things that can easily ruin your day if the weather suddenly turns bad. Replacement of the blade 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. Good blades are more expensive, but they last longer and do a nicer job of keeping the water off the windshield.

The Mercedes-Benz W124 has the mono-post wiper system and only has one front windshield wiper blade. While it may look like a complicated system the blade is actually easy to change. The mono-post arm has a hook on the end that turns'0 degrees back on itself. No matter what brand of wiper blade you buy it will come off the arm by moving closer to the base of the arm. This is the same procedure for the rear wiper blade.

Lift the single arm up approximately thirty degrees away from the windshield and the arm will click into a locked service position.
Figure 1

Lift the single arm up approximately thirty degrees away from the windshield and the arm will click into a locked service position.

Note: I have removed the arm from the vehicle only for photographic purposes.
Figure 2

Note: I have removed the arm from the vehicle only for photographic purposes. You do NOT need to remove the arm. Rotate the blade (red arrow) to an approximate 45 degrees from the arm (yellow arrow).

Blades have different locking systems so look for any sort of release mechanism (some have one and some don't).
Figure 3

Blades have different locking systems so look for any sort of release mechanism (some have one and some don't). Then push the blade down the arm until the hooked end releases from the blade (red arrow).

Our new blade had a lever that needed to be raised (yellow arrow) to allow the hooked end to pass through the blade.
Figure 4

Our new blade had a lever that needed to be raised (yellow arrow) to allow the hooked end to pass through the blade. Once the blade was pulled onto the hook (red arrow) I simply pushed the cover back down and snapped it into position. Lower the arm back onto the windshield before activating the wiper.

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