• Only fit good-quality blades.
• When removing an old wiper blade, note how it is fitted. Fitting new blades can be a tricky exercise, and noting how the old blade came off can save time.
• While the wiper blade is removed, take care not to knock the wiper arm from its locked position, or it could strike the glass.
• Offer the new blade into position the same way round as the old one. Ensure that it clicks home securely, otherwise it may come off in use, damaging the glass.
Fitting details for wiper blades vary according to model, and according to whether genuine Fiat wiper blades have been fitted. Use the procedures and illustrations shown as a guide for your car.
If smearing is still a problem despite fitting new wiper blades, try cleaning the wi ndsc reen wit h neat screen-wash additive or methylated spirit.
Check the condition of the wiper blades; if they are cracked or show any signs of deterioration, or if the glass swept area is smeared, renew them. Wiper blades should be renewed annually, regardless of their apparent condition.
To remove a windscreen wiper blade on Panda models, pull the arm fully away from the glass until it locks. Swivel the blade through 90°, press the locking tab with your fingers and slide the blade out of the arm.
To remove a windscreen wiper blade on 500 models, pull the arm fully away from the glass until it locks. Press the release button with your fingers and slide the blade out of the arm’s hooked end.
Don’t forget to check the tailgate wiper blade as well (where applicable). Remove the blade by prising apart the blade casing.
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