Ford Tempo/Topaz 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Windshield Wiper Blades


See Figure 1

At least twice a year, check the windshield washer spray and wiper operation. Check and replace worn wiper blades. Worn blades can contribute to poor frontal vision, by not adequately removing rain or snow from the front windshield. This in turn could increase your chances of having an accident.

In areas where winter are harsh, consider changing to winter wiper blades during this season. These blades remove ice and snow better, while their rubber coated frame will not freeze to the windshield as easily as regular wiper blades do.


  1. Turn the ignition switch to ON position.
  3. Turn the wiper control ON. Cycle the wiper arm assembly, then turn the ignition switch OFF when the wiper arm assembly is at a position on the windshield where removal can be accomplished without difficulty.
  5. To remove the blade: Pull the wiper arm up and away from the windshield. Grasp the wiper blade assembly and pull away from the mounting pin of the wiper arm. Or pull back on the spring lock, where the arm is connected to the blade, and pull the wiper blade assembly from the wiper arm.
  7. Inspect the wiper arm to make sure the plastic or metal wiper frame is secure. Check the tabs which hold the blade insert tight, and make sure they are in good condition.
  9. Install the new wiper blade using the hardware provided with the product, or depending on the type system used, push the new blade on the wiper arm, or push the spring lock and install to wiper arm. Make sure the new blades are secure.
  11. Check the operation of the wipers.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Wiper insert replacement