See Figure 1
For maximum effectiveness and longest life, the windshield and wiper elements should be kept clean. Dirt, tree sap, road tar, etc., will cause streaking, smearing, and wiper element deterioration. Hardening of the elements will cause the wipers to chatter as they wipe the windshield. Wash the windshield thoroughly with a glass cleaner at least once a month. Wipe off the rubber element with a wet rag afterwards.
Obviously, the item most frequently requiring replacement is the element. It is very rarely necessary to replace the blade or arm unless they become accidentally bent or damaged in some other manner.
Your car is equipped from the manufacture with one of three types of elements: the first type is commonly referred to as the Anco® style; the second type is the Trico® style; and the third is the plastic style which uses a plastic blade assembly. Replacement of any element type is very simple and requires only a few minutes to do.
Wiper arm replacement is covered in Chassis Electrical .ANCO® Style Blade
- Locate the red release button at the top of one of the yokes (free yoke), push the button, and separate the free yoke from the blade.
- Pull the element out of the other yoke (attached yoke).
- Transfer the free yoke to the new element, being sure to engage the element into all of the yoke jaws.
- Feed the other end of the element into the attached yoke, again being sure that the element is fully engaged.
- Push the button and snap the free yoke into place on the blade. Release the button and double-check that the element is fully engaged into all of the yoke jaws.
See Figure 2
- Squeeze the sides of the element retainer (located on only one side of the element) and pull the element out of the blade/yoke assembly.
- To install the new element, guide the new element into all of the blade/yoke jaws. The element must be positioned in the same manner as the one which was removed. When the retainer comes in contact with the end of the blade, make sure that each side of the retainer is positioned on the inside of the jaws, then snap the element into place.
- Check that the element is fully engaged to all of the jaws before operating the wipers.
See Figure 3
- Remove the wiper blade and element assembly from the wiper arm.
- Pull the wiper blade and the element apart, then pull the element downward. This will disengage the element from the retaining tabs.
- Pull the element out, guide the new element into place, and release the hand pressure on the blade to engage the retaining tabs. Be sure that the element is completely engaged. Snap the wiper blade and element assembly into place on the arm.