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Changing Your Windshield Wiper Inserts

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Difficulty
Changing out your windshield wiper inserts is very easy and it saves money. I hate how the newer BMWs won't allow you to do this, but I guess it has to do with improving technology. It is a bit tedious and will take about 5 mintues, but I'd say anyone can do this DIY. BMW recommends you replace them about every 6 months, but I think you can determine when your wipers need replacing.

Tools Needed
Needle Nose Pliers (Not completely necessary but makes things easier in my opinion.

Parts Needed
BMW OEM Wiper Refill Driver's Side (BMW P# 61-61-7-010-247) $5
BMW OEM Wiper Refill Passenger's Side (BMW P# 61-61-7-010-248) $5

Instructions


Remove the old wiper


Old wipers with refills

Remove the old wiper arms
1. Rotate the wiper blades around and push on the tab to release the wipers from the arm. This is hard to explain in words, but trust me it's really not that hard at all. If you happen to break a wiper blade clip, don't fret they're $5 (BMW P# 61-61-8-233-577).

 


Remove the old wiper


Old wipers with refills


Old wipers with refills

Install the refill blade and reinstall the wiper
2. Locate the end of the wiper blade with the little metal tab holding the wiper blade on. Using a needle nosed plier, bend the nd farthest from the end in until the whole assembly slides out.
3. Once completely off, pull off the metal slides and place them exactly the same way onto the new blade. Work the new slides through the track and secure them as before.
4. Reinstall the wipers with the new blades!

 

Conclusions

Easy, cheap, and good as new. Why buy a whole new set of blades? Yes, I agree that the arms themselves will eventually wear out, but until then I'll keep going this route as needed.

 

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