Replace Wiper Blades
NOTE: If you purchase your windshield wipers from your dealership, those wipers are made specifically for your car, making them easier to install. Most dealers will put your windshield wipers on for free if you buy them at the dealership.
If your windshield wiper blades are streaking more than you did in college (or they look worn), it may be time for you to replace wiper blades. As a precaution before you purchase new wiper blades, check if there are any contaminants – such as hot wax – that may be contributing to the problem. Clean the windows and the wipers with a mild detergent; the blue washer fluid found at most gas stations will work as a quick and free cleaning solution. If you do need to replace the wiper blades – follow these instructions:
TIP: Stick to actual windshield wiper fluid. Windshield wiper fluid is specifically designed not to freeze in the winter, a very important safety feature! A regular glass cleaner such as Windex may strip the wax off your car and harm any tint you have on your windows.
WARNING: Leave the wiper arm stationary in its extended position. If you try to move to the arm as you work, you could cause damage which could lead to a costly repair.
Make sure to check your user manual before you begin this process. Some cars have a special service setting specifically for changing your windshield wipers.