How to change windshield wipers

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 8:32 am How to change windshield wipers on a VW Beetle

On our daily drive it’s easy to forget maintenance until something goes wrong. Windshield wipers are one of the simpler issues, but when they wear down visibility can go down dramatically in poor weather. Fortunately switching them out is fairly simple and quick, so you can get a squeak free shine next time you’re stuck in a storm. Read on to learn how to change windshield wipers on a VW Beetle.

Beetle windshield When do you change the wipers on your Volkswagen Beetle?

We’re not going to say wiper blades are a convenience feature, but the danger of not changing them is more about clarity than it is about damaging your vehicle. Many people choose to change their blades when they don’t seem to be working as well as in the past. That’s vague, isn’t it? To check your blades, turn your car on and turn on the windshield wiper function just long enough to get them upright. Recent model years require you to turn your vehicle on and off and then hit the wiper stalk to automatically put them in the service position. In this position it’s easier to pull the blade away from the windshield and inspect the rubber. If the rubber is detaching from the metal, it’s time for new ones.

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As we have said, removing and replacing your windshield wipers is a fairly simple process. Since the wiper arms are spring-loaded, it’s recommended to place a soft cloth or towel over the windshield in case the metal accidentally springs back.

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To remove the worn blades, simply press the square button and slide the old blade up and out. The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle uses 22” wiper blades which have a push button adapter. This makes installation very easy, as the new blade simply need to be pressed into the metal arm until the square part slides up into the square hole in the wiper blade arm, fitting in the slot and snapping into place. The whole process can be seen in this video:

The 22” size applies to model years starting in 2012. Many older model years used a 21” wiper blade, and if you’re not sure which one you use it’s best to measure or bring one into the store with you. You can also bring your vehicle to our service center here at Puente Hills Volkswagen and our expert staff members would be happy to help you select premium blades for your vehicle.

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