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Pelican Technical Article:

Wiper Blade Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$8 to $20

Talent:

*

Applicable Models:

Porsche 944 (1983-89)
Porsche 944 S2 (1989-91)
Porsche 944 Turbo (1986-89)
Porsche 944S (1987-88)

Parts Required:

New wiper blades

Hot Tip:

Clean windshield before installing new blades

Performance Gain:

Better visibility in inclement weather

Complementary Modification:

Clean windows

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 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. The high quality wiper blades are more expensive, but they last longer and do a nicer job of keeping the water off the windshield.

Begin by working with the blades in the off or park position (red arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by working with the blades in the off or park position (red arrow). In this position you can lift the blade and arm off the windshield and it will pivot up without hitting the hood or damaging the paint.

Lift the arm off the windshield and pivot the blade so you can get access to the small tab that is hidden when the blade is in the down position (red arrow).
Figure 2

Lift the arm off the windshield and pivot the blade so you can get access to the small tab that is hidden when the blade is in the down position (red arrow). Gently squeeze this tab in.

With the tab squeezed in, slide the blade back towards the base of the arm (red arrow).
Figure 3

With the tab squeezed in, slide the blade back towards the base of the arm (red arrow). This can get stuck. You may need to spray this area with a little lubricant to help free it up from the arm. Do not let the arm fall back onto the windshield without a blade on it, as the metal can quickly destroy the windshield.

Before installing the new blades take a moment to touch up any damage or exposed metal on the arm (red arrow).
Figure 4

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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