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How much does it cost to replace the windshield wiper arm?

The average cost of replacing your car's windshield wiper arm is $70 to $150. Specific costs may vary depending on the vehicle, but labor will cost around $40 to $100 and parts around $30 to $60.
In terms of time needed for the replacement, an experienced mechanic typically takes one hour to complete the repair. The mechanic will first inspect the state of the wiper arm before proceeding with the full service.
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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 for replacing the windshield wiper arm and how much do those parts cost?

The following parts are typically required when replacing the windshield wiper arm:
  1. Windshield wiper arm: This is the main component that links the wiper arm to the motor. Wiper arms can cost anywhere from $15 to $50+, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
  2. Wiper blade: Sometimes, you may need to replace both the wiper arm and the wiper blade—which is the rubber part that makes contact with the windshield. Wiper blades can cost anywhere from $10 to $30.
  3. Wiper arm nut/cap: A nut or a cap may be used to secure the wiper arm to the windshield wiper motor linkage. If your current nut or cap is damaged or stripped, you might need to replace it. These parts are typically inexpensive, ranging from $1 to $5.
  4. Wiper arm cover/gasket: Some vehicles include a cover or gasket at the base of the wiper arm to protect the linkage and finish it off. If yours is broken or missing, you should consider replacing it. These parts are also reasonably priced, often ranging from $5 to $15.
Some popular windshield wiper arm brands include Trico, Bosch and Dorman. You can purchase them from local automotive shops such as AutoZone or NAPA Auto Parts, or from online retailers such as Amazon or Summit Racing.
When it comes to replacing your windshield wiper arm, OEM parts may be the better option. OEM wiper arms are designed to perfectly fit your vehicle, ensuring a smooth installation and operation. Aftermarket wiper arms are frequently less expensive than OEM parts, making them a more cost-effective choice, but they may not work as well in actually cleaning your windows.
Auto parts stores such as AutoZone or NAPA Auto Parts, online retailers like Amazon and Summit Racing, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) dealerships, and independent mechanics should all sell windshield wiper arm components. You can find the specifications for replacements in your vehicle's owner's manual.

Where can I get my windshield wiper arm replaced?

If you don't already have a reliable mechanic, getting one to replace your wiper arm might seem intimidating. Fortunately, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
allows you to compare prices from over 2,500 approved service centers across the United States. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ gives you accurate, fair price estimates* according to each repair shop's hourly labor rate, so you can easily compare costs—including diagnostic fees. To further aid your selection, you can peruse reviews from actual clients.
See some of the vetted shops we have in the auto repair industry below, and don't forget to get the app so you can quickly and easily compare prices on the go!
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I & A Automotive
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24850 Aurora Rd Ste G, Bedford Heights, OH
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$79.99
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South Bay Auto Repair and Transmissions
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1120 Aviation Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$75
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Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
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189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
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Tisdell's Mobile Mechanic Services

Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$75
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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 windshield wiper arm?

Here's a rough rundown of what a mechanic might do when you take your car in to have the wiper arm replaced:
  1. Preparation: Before removing the wiper arm, the wipers are put in the "park" position, which is where they stay when not in use. The mechanic will mark the windshield with a grease marker to indicate this location. The wiper arm can then be easily accessed by lifting the wiper blade away from the windshield.
  2. Remove the old arm: The mechanic will find the point where the wiper arm is attached to the linkage of the windshield wiper motor. They might need a tool to get the wiper arm out of the clip or nut that holds it in place, and then remove the arm.
  3. Install the new arm: Once the old wiper arm is taken off, the mechanic will use the mark they made to put the new wiper arm in the right place on the linkage of the wiper motor. Then, they will use the appropriate method (a retaining clip or nut) to keep it in place. 
  4. Final adjustments: Glass cleaner is used to get rid of any marks on the window. It's crucial to properly position the new wiper arm on the windscreen. The alignment will be adjusted by the mechanic to ensure maximum coverage and windshield contact.

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

Neglecting to repair your windshield wiper arm when necessary might jeopardize your driving safety and cause more significant damage to your wiper system and windshield. A few consequences may include:
  • Compromised visibility
  • Damage to the wiper motor
  • Wear on windshield wiper blades
  • Damage to windshield
  • Further electrical issues

What is the windshield wiper arm?

The windshield wiper system is made to clear your windshield when it rains, snows, or when dirt and other debris block your view. When you turn on the windshield wiper switch, power goes to the motor and transmission. A linkage connects the transmission of the windshield wipers to the arms of the wipers. The windshield wiper transmission makes the windshield wiper arms move from side to side as they clean the windshield or back window. 
For safe driving, especially during
inclement weather
, it's important that the wiper arm works well and does its job right. 

When should I replace the windshield wiper arm on my car?

You should consider getting your windshield wiper arm replaced if it exhibits any of the following symptoms:
  1. Visible damage: If the wiper arm looks broken, cracked, or bent, it may not work right and should be replaced.
  2. Improper/poor cleaning: Even after replacing the windshield wiper blades, if you still see streaks on the windshield, it may be because the wiper arm is not moving or applying pressure properly.
  3. Wiper blade slippage: If the wiper blade keeps slipping or coming off the wiper arm while it's being used, it could mean that the connection mechanism on the wiper arm is worn or broken.
  4. Unusual noises: When the windshield wipers are operating, there is a great deal of chittering or clattering noise—indicating the arm and blade are not properly contacting the windshield.
  5. Age or mileage: Although the wiper arm is designed to last a long time, particularly old cars or those that have been heavily used may show signs of wear in the wiper arm over time.
Wiper arm replacement isn't as common as blade replacement, but it's still necessary if there's obvious damage or the arm isn't cleaning properly.
If you think your wiper arm is worn out, have it checked out by a mechanic the next time you take it in for
routine maintenance
. Clear visibility and safe driving in all weather conditions can be promoted through routine wiper system upkeep and prompt repair of any problems.

How often should the windshield wiper arm be replaced?

Use, environmental conditions, and routine maintenance all play a role in how long a windshield wiper arm lasts. A wiper arm's expected lifespan is between five and ten years. But it’s always important for wiper arms to be inspected regularly for wear, corrosion, or damage, and replaced as necessary.

Can I replace my windshield wiper arm myself?

Yes, you can usually change your windshield wiper arm on your own. Taking off the old wiper arm and putting on the new one is a pretty simple step-by-step process. But if you don't know much about car repairs or aren't comfortable with DIYs, it's best to let a qualified mechanic handle the replacement to avoid any damage or incorrect installation.

FAQs

Yes, most if not all states have made it illegal to drive without windshield wipers. They are crucial safety features for preserving visibility in inclement weather. If you want to stay on the right side of the law and hit the road safely, you need to make sure your windshield wipers work properly.
No, windshield wiper arms are not universal. They come in different shapes, sizes, and designs, and each one is made to fit a certain make and model of car. Wiper arms on different vehicles can have very different mounting points, lengths, curves, and ways of being attached.
To ensure a correct fit and safe driving experience, check your owner's manual or provide your vehicle's details at auto parts stores or dealerships.
Dry wiping the windshield can damage the wiper blades, leave streaks and smears on the glass, and even cause scratches. Keep the wiper blades well-lubricated with water or windshield washer fluid at all times for optimal visibility.

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