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How much does it cost to replace a windshield wiper blade?

Typically, the average cost of a windshield wiper blade replacement is $59. Based upon your vehicle’s requirements, parts are generally priced around $29, with labor costs totalling around $26.
How long does it take to replace a windshield wiper blade? Replacing a windshield wiper blade is a fairly quick and easy job and should only take around 0.3 hours minutes. Once a new wiper blade is installed, your mechanic will likely test the wiper arms to ensure that it’s fastened and working correctly. 
Here’s a table overview of windshield wiper blade replacements for various car models: 
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 22, 2024
Chevrolet GMT 400
$49
$24
$25
0.2 Hours
May 22, 2024
Jeep Gladiator
$49
$24
$25
0.2 Hours
May 17, 2024
Mini Cooper
$60
$34
$26
0.2 Hours
May 15, 2024
Plymouth Neon
$46
$24
$22
0.2 Hours
May 13, 2024
Mercedes-Benz SLK
$55
$34
$21
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 for my windshield wiper blade replacement?

When having a windshield wiper blade replacement done on your vehicle, not all of these parts will need to be serviced. However, it’s still beneficial to know what they do and how much they cost in case your mechanic suggests otherwise.
  • Windshield wiper blade: The wiper blade connects to your vehicle’s wiper arm, and makes contact with your windshield in order to clean it of any debris, snow, or rain. The average cost of a windshield wiper blade is $15-$40 based on the brand and your vehicle’s make and model.
  • Windshield wiper arm: Most windshield wiper arms are made of either steel or aluminum and can withstand consistent usage, extreme weather conditions, and more. Connected to your wiper blade, your windshield wiper arm helps to move the blade back and forth on your windshield. Replacement parts for a wiper arm can range from $30-$80.
  • Windshield wiper linkage: The windshield wiper linkage helps move the arms via the control module while maintaining synchronization. The windshield wiper linkage is a vital part of your wiper system and can cost you around $50-$200. 
Some windshield wiper blade brands we recommend include Bosch, Rain-X and Michelin. For windshield wiper arms, Dorman, TRICO and ACDelco are reputable brands. Dorman, ACDelco and TRICO are also popular brands for windshield wiper linkages. You can purchase windshield wiper blades, arms and linkages from auto parts shops such as AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts, or online from websites such as Amazon and eBay. Wiper blades come in many different sizes, it’s be sure to check your owner’s manual for additional information prior to purchasing.
When purchasing new windshield wipers, it’s recommended that you select OEM products—especially if you live in or commute to locations with lots of snow and rain. OEM wipers tend to perform better and are designed specifically for your vehicle, so you can be confident that they will fit. 
Plus, if they ever fail, they are covered under your manufacturer’s warranty, meaning they’ll oftentimes be replaced for free or the cost of replacement will be refunded.
OEM grade windshield wiper blades, arms and linkages can be bought at most auto repair shops like AutoZone and Advance auto parts, dealerships, or through commercial retailers, like Walmart, who all sell brands including TRICO and Bosch. Online stores such as Amazon also sell windshield wiper blade replacements.
Some windshield wiper blade brands we recommend include Bosch, Rain-X and Michelin. For windshield wiper arms, Dorman, TRICO and ACDelco are reputable brands. Dorman, ACDelco and TRICO are also popular brands for windshield wiper linkages. You can purchase windshield wiper blades, arms and linkages from auto parts shops such as AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts, or online from websites such as Amazon and eBay.
As wiper blades come in many different sizes, it’s best to consult your owner’s manual for additional information prior to purchasing.

Where can I get my windshield wiper blade replaced?

It can be challenging to find the right mechanic for any car repair job—but luckily, Jerry's
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With Jerry's GarageGuard™, you can compare fair price cost estimates* from over 2,500 certified mechanics and auto shops in the US using real hourly rates. Important information, such as diagnostic fees (and whether they’re included in your service) and real reviews are also provided, so you can select the best location for your windshield wiper blade replacement.
Take a look at some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car maintenance and automotive repair quotes in your area.
154 Reviews
61 Auto Center
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1226 Centre Ave, Reading, PA
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$93
(Parts - $43, Labor - $50)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$70
147 Reviews
Uptown Automotive
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1089 San Mateo Ave, San Francisco, CA
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$193
(Parts - $43, Labor - $150)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$200
137 Reviews
Meineke Car Care Center 536
address
66 Enfield St, Enfield, CT
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$163
(Parts - $43, Labor - $120)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$135
196 Reviews
SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service - Kenner, LA
address
3211 Williams Blvd, New Orleans, LA
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$168
(Parts - $43, Labor - $125)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
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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 blade?

Generally, a mechanic will complete your windshield wiper blade replacement by using these steps: 
  1. Lift wiper arm: First, your mechanic will lift the wiper arm away from the windshield so they have easy access to the rubber blade.
  2. Push down release tab: Next, they will push down on the release tab. This will allow your mechanic to take the worn-out wiper off the hook or pin.
  3. Remove old wiper blade: While still holding onto the tab, the blade will be slid from off the hook, and moved from the wiper arm.  
  4. Install new wiper blade: Finally, your new windshield wiper blade will be installed. Your mechanic will do this by lining it up with the hook or pin, then pushing it on. Normally, the piece will make a clicking sound when it pops into place.
  5. Check installation: Your mechanic will then move and tug the blade in both directions to make sure your wipers are in place and secure before putting the arm back down onto the windshield. 
  6. Inspect windshield washer fluids: Before completing the service, your mechanic may also inspect your washer fluid levels and refill as necessary. 

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

Not replacing your windshield wiper blades can result in the plastic and metal components of your blade becoming exposed, which will rub against your windshield while activated. This can then lead to the following impairments: 
  • Damaged windshield (scratches, cracks, etc.)
  • Reduced visibility
  • Increased risk of accidents

What is a windshield wiper blade?

The windshield wiper blade attaches to your wiper arm and helps to clear your windshield of debris, rain, snow, and other things that may come into contact with your windshield as you’re driving. 
The rubber part of the blade always maintains contact with your windshield, and when you activate the wipers, the arm drags the blade across your windshield to upkeep driver visibility. 

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

You should replace your windshield wiper blades every 6-12 months, or if you experience any of these common symptoms: 
  • Cracked rubber: Rubber can be damaged due to several factors, including exposure to the elements and UV rays from the sun. If the rubber on your wiper blade is cracked on one of your front or rear wipers, then it’s time for a replacement. 
  • Streaking windows: Any driver knows how frustrating streaking windows are, and when you need a windshield wiper blade replacement, this is one of the main culprits. They could also be dirty, but often the issue is that the rubber is failing and can’t reach your windshield as it’s designed to.
  • Squeaking sounds: Squeaking or chattering sounds can accompany failing wiper blades. This signifies that the wiper blade is being dragged across the glass instead of gliding, and can lead to poor vision while driving.
  • Bent frame: Sometimes, there’s one specific spot of your windshield that won’t come clean—and this could be due to a faulty blade. In colder climates, when scraping off snow or ice, your wiper blade can get jammed, bending it. 
  • No contact: As mentioned above, when the rubber blade begins to fail, your wipers won’t make contact with the windshield, seemingly jumping from one spot to the next. When this occurs, it’s best to replace the blade entirely. 

How often should my windshield wiper blades be replaced? 

Depending on the climate of your region, your windshield wiper blades will only need to be replaced every six months to a year. Drivers who reside in colder temperature areas might have to replace their wiper blades more frequently to account for the change in seasons or driving conditions.

Can I replace the windshield wiper blade myself?

Yes. A windshield wiper blade replacement is a relatively easy process that can be done at home and only requires a novice understanding of car parts, such as the hook connector and pin connector. Most windshield wiper blade replacements can be completed by following an online tutorial or guide—however, if you’re not confident in doing the repair yourself, it’s best to contact a local mechanic. 

FAQs

Wiper blades come in all sizes, and it can be difficult finding the right fit. Most owner’s manuals will tell you which blade your vehicle requires. In the event that it doesn’t, another strategy is to measure your current blades and shop for the same size.
If you’re looking for a more durable option, silicone blades are considered stronger than rubber. However, they do cost more than rubber wipers.
No. Leaving your windshield wipers on after turning off your vehicle will not drain your battery since they will not be moving, making it alright to forget to turn them off.

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