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How to replace J-Hook, U-Hook, and Push-Button Wiper Blades?

When it comes to car maintenance, replacing your windscreen wipers is an easy task that could save you plenty of money in the long run if you do it yourself. Once you’ve learned how to swap your old wiper blades with new ones, you’ll never have to go to a mechanic or garage ever again.


This step-by-step guide will run through how to achieve this goal and cover which type of widescreen wipers you should be buying to replace your old ones. But first, how can you tell if your wipers need replacing?

When Should You Replace Your Wiper Blades?


The first warning sign that your wiper blades need replacing is when they no longer become as effective as they once were. If you turn on the wiper blades and they don’t clear water or debris from your field of vision, it’s usually a sign that they are primed for replacement.


You’ll also know if your wipers need replacing if they make a chattering noise and don’t smoothly glide across the glass. Finally, you can do a visual inspection to assess the physical state of the wiper blades. If the rubber looks worn or cracked, it’s time for a change.


If you typically use standard rubber blades, you should be looking at changing your blades every two to three years in typical weather environments, or a mere matter of months in extreme climates. However, this tutorial will cover why you should be making the switch to silicone blades, to save even more money moving forwards.

The Sign:

You’ll also know if your wipers need replacing if they make a chattering noise and don’t smoothly glide across the glass. Finally, you can do a visual inspection to assess the physical state of the wiper blades. If the rubber looks worn or cracked, it’s time for a change.

How to Replace J-Hook, U-Hook, and Push-Button Wiper Blades​

1. Find Out Which Wiper Blade Type You Have 

The first step of replacing your wiper blades is to find out which type of blades you have. Start by scrutinizing them. The easiest way to distinguish is by looking at blade attachment. If there’s a literal button to push for blade release, you know that you have a push-button mechanism.

If you can’t find one, it’s like that you’ve got a J-hook or U-hook design. If in doubt, you can always check your car manual to make sure before ordering your new wiper blades.

2. Ordering New Wiper Blades

Once you’ve determined the wiper attachment mechanism, it’s time to order your new wiper blades before swapping them. When shopping for your new blades, it’s vital that you buy silicone wiper blades instead of rubber. Silicone is a much more robust wiper blade material that lasts much longer than rubber since they are much less susceptible to damaging elements such as UV rays, snow, and dirt.

Better yet, rather than leaving debris on the windscreen, which makes it harder to clean over time, silicone blades deposit tiny fragments of waterproof silicone onto the windshield, meaning the silicone blades become more effective over time, rather than getting gradually worse.

Thus, whether you have U-hook wiper blades or push-button wiper blades, you need to make sure that you’re ordering silicone. While they may cost more than rubber blades, they could last twice or even three times longer.

3. Replacing Your Wiper Blades (U-Hook, J-Hook)

Once your new wiper blades have arrived, you’re ready to replace your old ones. If you have a push-button wiper mechanism, you can skip to the next step (step 4).

Make a start by unpacking your new wiper blades and having them ready to go. Once they are out of the packet and ready, pull up your wiper arm to a vertical position away from the windscreen. If you are not immediately able to do this (e.g., the bonnet is blocking your wiper arms), put your keys in the ignition and move your wipers onto the windscreen to access them better.

Once you’ve lifted the arm off the screen, turn the blade at a 90-degree angle to the wiper arm and locate the release tab. Once you’ve pressed the release tab, pull the wiper blade down from the “U” or “J” shaped placeholder. It’s then wise to gently lower the wiper arm back down to stop it snapping back unexpectedly, causing damage to your windscreen.

Once you’ve removed the old wiper blade, it’s time to add the new one by reversing the process you just undertook.

First, remove any protective packaging on the new wiper blade, before threading the attachment back into the U-hook or J-hook (the wiper arm should be vertical again at this point). Once in place, push up the blade attachment until you hear an audible click. The clicking sound indicates your new blade is locked in place.

Finally, to test your new wiper blades, turn on the ignition, squirt a little wiper fluid onto the screen, and see how it performs. If it doesn’t move properly, you’ve not replaced it correctly. If it does, then you’re done!

4. Replacing Your Wiper Blades (Push-Button)

The process for replacing a push-button blade is very similar to the one laid out above, with some minor changes.

Make a start by unpacking your new wiper blades and having them ready to go. Once they are out of the packet and ready, pull up your wiper arm to a vertical position away from the windscreen. If you are not immediately able to do this (e.g., the bonnet is blocking your wiper arms), put your keys in the ignition and move your wipers onto the windscreen so that you can access them better.

Once you’ve lifted the arm off the screen, look for the push button on your wiper arm. Press this button and pull your wiper blade away from the arm attachment. It’s then wise to gently lower the wiper arm back down to stop it snapping back unexpectedly, causing damage to your windscreen.

Once you’ve removed the old wiper blade, remove any protective packaging on the new wiper blade, before threading the attachment back down into the push-button mechanism (the wiper arm should be vertical again at this point). When you feel or hear it snap or click into position, that’s it. Lower the arm back to the windscreen and perform a test to ensure that it’s been fitted correctly.

 To perform a new wiper blade test, turn on the ignition and squirt a little wiper fluid onto the screen and see how it performs. If it doesn’t move properly, you’ve not replaced it correctly. If it does, then you’re done!

Buy Silicone Wiper Blades from a Brand You Can Trust

Here at 4S Professional, our silicone series wiper blades have built an industry-leading reputation for performance and durability thanks to years of extensive research and development.

Extreme Silica Series II

Our Extreme Silica Series II is tested and proven to yield maximum aerodynamic performance. They come with all-new exclusive clips for maximum fail-proof security as well as a two-year warranty that guarantees maximum value for the ultimate wiper solution out there.

Teflon Silicone Series

By contrast, our Teflon Silicone Series has been keeping drivers safe in every climate for decades. Backed by a one-year warranty, Teflon Silicone Wipers provide a cost-efficient and durable product for drivers everywhere.

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