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I need help changing the windshield wiper blades on my 2000 Subaru Outback

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd When you’re ready to change the wipers, you can replace just the rubber squeegee blade or replace the whole blade. Though the latter is slightly more expensive, it is worth every penny. It can be frustrating to change a wiper the first time, it does get easier with practice. Some tips: 1. If you go to your local parts store you can either tell the counter help your year, make and model and have them give you the correct size, or you can look it up in the reference books that are available there. 2. The new wiper package will contain your new wiper blade and will also have three to four different styles of small plastic piece attachments that secure the new blade to the wiper arm. Look to the existing attachment (where the arm and the blade meet) and use the one that matches it. 3. There are of course multiple ways that the blades connect to the arms and this is where the frustration comes in. Once you learn how to remove and attach your style of blade, you will be a pro and will be able to do this lickety-split. To remove the old blade, push the lock pin with a screwdriver to release the blade and pull the wiper blade down toward the windshield to remove it from the arm. The lock pin may be a small tab you can depress or a small metal bump and two tabs on either side. 4. Attach the new wiper to the wiper arm and press it into place until you hear a click. Then test it by turning on the wipers. If the blade slips or wobbles, turn off the wipers and connect the attachments more firmly. Best of Luck, Amy Mattinat

Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Corrine, Here is a "how-to" article on changing basic wiper blades: http://www.ehow.com/how_107_replace-windshield-wiper.html Check out the article to see if you can do it yourself first. If not, take it to a dealership or your local auto parts store to have them changed. Good luck!

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