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Worried you might overpay for your front windshield wiper blade replacement? Use Jerry’s GarageGuard to get a fair cost estimate for your front windshield wiper blade replacement.
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How much does it cost to replace the front windshield wiper blades?

You can expect to pay an average of $31 for the parts and $28 for a mechanic to replace your front windshield wiper blades. The total cost will vary depending on what kind of car you have.
How long does it take to replace the front windshield wiper blade? A qualified mechanic will usually finish the job in roughly 0.2 hours hours. Your mechanic will do a preliminary examination to decide whether a replacement is necessary before proceeding with the full service. 
The following is a breakdown of the cost of replacing front windshield wiper blades for various vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 24, 2024
Geo Metro
$57
$34
$23
0.2 Hours
May 22, 2024
Mazda 5
$57
$34
$23
0.2 Hours
May 21, 2024
Oldsmobile Alero
$46
$24
$22
0.2 Hours
May 19, 2024
Jeep Gladiator
$54
$24
$30
0.2 Hours
May 17, 2024
Chevrolet Malibu
$47
$24
$23
0.2 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need to replace the front windshield wiper blade? How much do those parts cost?

There’s only one replacement part you’ll need if you’re swapping out your front windshield wiper blade—a new blade!
The price of a front windshield wiper blade varies according to the brand and quality. A single wiper blade might have an average cost between $10 and $30, but some high-end or specialty wiper blades may be more expensive.
Some popular brands of windshield wiper blades include Bosch, Rain-X and Trico. You can purchase wiper blades from local auto parts shops such as Autozone or NAPA Auto Parts, or from online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto.
When deciding between OEM and aftermarket front windshield wiper blades, OEM will always provide a more accurate fit and consistent quality—but they will be more expensive. Aftermarket blades, on the other hand, are less expensive and offer a wider range of options, but they may not fit your car as precisely and lead to inadequate cleaning of your window.
Popular brands of front windshield wipers include Bosch, Rain-X and Trico. Front windshield washer blades are available from automobile body shops and auto parts stores such as AutoZone and NAPA Auto Parts. Washer blades can also be purchased through internet retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. The dimensions of your windshield washer blades will be stated in your car's owner manual, which you can use when buying the necessary replacement parts.

Where can I get my front windshield wiper blade replaced?

If you don't have a trusted mechanic, it can be hard to find a good shop to replace your windshield wiper blades. Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
is here to help you compare prices from over 2,500 approved repair shops across the United States. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ lets you know if diagnostic costs are included in the service cost by comparing each shop's fair price estimates* based on their hourly labor rate. Also, reviews from real customers help you choose the best service in an informed way. 
Check out some of the vetted shops below, and download the app to quickly compare prices for auto repairs near you!
190 Reviews
ExperTec Automotive
address
7680 Talbert Ave, Huntington, CA
Front Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$176
(Parts - $27, Labor - $149)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$156.64
102 Reviews
Zippy Lube
address
707 N Englewood Dr., Raleigh, NC
Front Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$187
(Parts - $27, Labor - $160)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
122 Reviews
Flagship Motor
address
190 Union Ave, Paterson, NJ
Front Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$147
(Parts - $27, Labor - $120)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$64
154 Reviews
61 Auto Center
address
1226 Centre Ave, Reading, PA
Front Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$77
(Parts - $27, Labor - $50)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$70
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my front windshield wiper blades?

These are the typical steps a mechanic will take when replacing your front windshield wiper blades:
  1. Preparation: The mechanic will first look at how your current wiper blades are doing to see if they need to be replaced, looking for signs of wear, damage, or deterioration. Then, they'll pull the wiper arms away from the windshield, usually one at a time, so they can easily get to the old wiper blades.
  2. Remove old wiper blades: Depending on the wiper blade design, they will remove the old wiper blades from the wiper arm by releasing a latch or pressing a tab.
  3. Attach the new wiper blades: The mechanic will replace the wiper blade by sliding it onto the wiper arm and clicking it into position.
  4. Test the new wiper blades: Finally, the mechanic will then lower and test the new wiper blades to make sure they work correctly. They'll turn on the wipers and make sure they make solid contact with the glass, move smoothly, and don't skip or leave streaks.

What happens if I don’t replace my front windshield wiper blade?

If you don't repair your front windshield wipers, you could run into a number of problems that would make it harder to see and keep your windshield clean. Here are some things that can happen if you don't replace your front windshield wiper blade:
  • Reduced visibility
  • Streaking and smearing dirt/debris on the windshield
  • Scratched windshield
  • Damage windshield wiper system

What are front windshield wiper blades?

The front windshield wiper blades are an important part of a vehicle's wiper system. They clear the front windshield of rain, snow, dirt, and other debris so the driver can
see clearly in inclement weather
. They have a thin, flexible blade made of rubber or silicone that is connected to a frame made of metal or plastic.
When the wiper system is turned on, the wiper blades move back and forth across the windshield, clearing the driver's view of any water or debris that is in the way. Wiper arms, which are joined to a wiper motor, hold the wiper blades. The motor powers the wiper arms, which move the blades in a steady pattern.

When should I replace the front windshield wiper blade on my car?

When any of the following occur, it's time to replace your car's front windshield wiper blades:
  1. Streaking or smudging on the windshield
  2. The rubber on the blades is worn, cracked, or torn
  3. The wipers skip or chatter as they move across the windshield
  4. The wipers do not improve visibility in wet or snowy weather
For optimal visibility and safe driving in inclement weather, remember to regularly replace your front windshield wiper blades! Check your wiper blades often—during
routine car maintenance
, for example—and replace them as needed to keep you and other drivers safe on the road.

How often should front windshield wiper blades be replaced?

Whether it's because of the changing of the seasons or just general wear and tear, wiper blades should ideally be replaced every six to twelve months. When the wipers begin to wear down, the blade begins to slap or squeak, and this is your cue to replace your windshield wipers as soon as possible.

Can I replace my front windshield wiper blades myself?

The front windshield wiper blade can be replaced at home, but if you aren't sure you can do it properly, it's best to take your car to an automotive professional—plus, with such a simple procedure, labor costs shouldn’t be too high!

FAQs

It depends on your needs and budget to decide if pricier front wiper blades are worth the extra cost. Expensive wiper blades can work better, last longer, and have more advanced features like less noise and better performance in the winter.
Many drivers are happy with the performance of cheaper wiper blades, but if you drive often in bad weather or put a high value on performance, it might be worth it to spend more money on better wiper blades. No matter how much it costs, you need to keep your wiper blades in good condition and replace them when they wear out.
Bosch wiper blades are known for their quality and performance in the automotive industry, and many drivers think they are worth the price. While they are more expensive than some budget options (costing around $25 to $30), many drivers are prepared to spend the extra cost for the durability, quality, and added functions that Bosch wipers provide. 
Bosch wiper blades could be a good choice for your car if you care about performance and durability and are willing to spend money on a name brand.
Because of their durability, smooth performance, water repellency, and resistance to cracking, silicone wipers are generally considered superior to rubber wipers. While they can be more expensive, their benefits make them a worthwhile investment, especially for drivers who frequently drive in harsh weather conditions.

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