Cars/Motorcycles, Repairs

How to replace windscreen wiper arms in 5 simple steps

Change windscreen super arms

The wiper arm is connected to the wiper linkage and holds the blade. Why do you need to replace windscreen wiper arms? Over time, the arm can be bent and damaged, especially in winter when it moves heavy snow and ice.

If the windscreen wiper arm runs poorly, you know it right away, because the windscreen wiper leaves streaks, rattles over the windshield or does not move at all. This presents a problem even if it is just leaving streaks, because it reduces your visibility when you are driving in rain. Our guide shows how to replace windscreen wiper arms in 5 steps.

Replace windscreen wiper arms: what you need

  • Online repair guides for specific brands and models
  • Protective gloves
  • Ratchet, extension and sockets of the appropriate size
  • Red Loctite (optional)
  • safety goggles
  • Small flat head screwdriver
  • Wiper arm puller (optional)

Step 1: Remove the cover of the swivel nut. Use a small flat-head screwdriver and pry off the cover of the swivel nut to remove it.

Step 2: Remove the arm retaining nut. Use a ratchet, extension, and socket of the appropriate size to remove the arm retaining nut.

Step 3: Remove the wiper arm. Remove the arm by pulling it up and pulling it off the boom.

Note: On some vehicles, the wiper arm is pressed down and requires a special puller to remove.


Step 4: Mount the arm on the linkage. Mount the arm back on the linkage bolt.

Step 5: Install the arm retaining nut. Attach the arm retainer to the rod and tighten with a ratchet, extension, and socket of the appropriate size.

Note: It is a good idea to place red Loctite on the threads of the retaining nut to prevent the arm from retracting.

Step 6: Attach the axle nut cover. Install the cover of the swivel nut by letting it snap into place.

Also see: How to replace windscreen wiper blades in our section on Cars and Motorcycles