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Pelican Technical Article:

Wiper Blade Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$16 to $30

Talent:

*

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (2004-06)
VW GTI (2006-09)

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 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.

Begin by setting the wiper blades in the service/winter position. This will make working on the blades easier. With the hood closed and latched push the wiper stalk for ten seconds after switching the ignition off.

The right side and left side blades are different sizes and even though they have the same attachment mechanism they are not interchangeable.

Lift the wiper arm and blade up off the windshield.
Figure 1

Lift the wiper arm and blade up off the windshield. If the arms are in the "parked" position you can not damage the hood. There is a small tab on the wiper blade (red arrow). Press the tab in.

Slide the blade (red arrow) away from the arm.
Figure 2

Slide the blade (red arrow) away from the arm.

If your wiper arm has years of corrosion you can apply a small amount of lithium grease to the new blade assembly to help in installation.
Figure 3

If your wiper arm has years of corrosion you can apply a small amount of lithium grease to the new blade assembly to help in installation. Do not apply a lot as you do NOT want it dripping down onto the windshield.

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