• Only fit good-quality wiper 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 Ford 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 glass with neat screenwash 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.
To remove a windscreen wiper blade, pull the arm fully away from the screen until it locks. Depress the tab on the side of the wiper arm.
Disengage the blade from the end of the arm and lift away the blade.
Don’t forget to check the tailgate wiper blade as well. On Hatchback models the blade is removed in the same way as described for the windscreen wiper blade. On Estate models, simply disengage the blade pivot pin from the end of the arm.
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