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Kia Optima Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
How to change the windshield window wiper blades on a third generation 2011 to 2015 Kia Optima sedan with sizes.

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2013 Optima Wipers
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Lift Up Wiper Arm
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Rotate Wiper Blade Away

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2011, 2012, 2013. 2014 & 2015) Kia Optima in changing the front windshield window wiper blades.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles with similar windshield wipers such as the Forte, Cadenza, Rio, Soul, Sedona, Sorento, Sportage, Sonata, Accent, Elantra, Veloster, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement windshield wiper blades with their sizes in inches are as follows: Driver Side 24" and Passenger Side 18".

A few compatible replacement windshield wiper blades with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 24A & Bosch 18A, Rain-X 5079280-1 & Rain-X 5079275-1, Anco 31-24 & Anco 31-18, Michelin 8524 & Michelin 8518, and Trico 25-240 & Trico 25-180.

No tools are needed to replace the windshield wiper blades.

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Push Down Release Tab
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Slide Bracket Off Hook
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Old Blade Off Metal Hook
The first step is to lift the wiper arm off the windshield until it stays in the up position by itself.

Then rotate the old wiper blade at a slight angle away from the metal wiper arm to expose the release button on the mounting bracket.

Press in the small black plastic release tab on the wiper blade mounting bracket towards the metal wiper arm.

Slide the old wiper blade down and off the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm.

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Pull Old Blade Off Arm
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Towel - Protect Glass
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Line Up Arm & New Blade
Pull the old wiper blade off the metal wiper arm.

Place a towel on the windshield to protect it from cracking or chipping just in case the metal wiper arm smacks down on to the glass.

I recommend buying the Bosch 24A and Bosch 18A wiper blades since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Line up the metal wiper arm with the hole in the center of the new wiper blade.

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Slide Mounting Bracket On Hook
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New Blade Parallel To Arm
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Lower Wiper To Windshield
Insert the wiper arm through the new wiper blade and then insert the black plastic mounting bracket in to the metal hook.

Slide the new wiper blade up and slide the mounting bracket in to the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm until it clicks securely in to place.

Double check that the new wiper blade is properly installed before gently lowering it down to the windshield.

For the best results, it would be a good idea to thoroughly clean the windshield and apply a glass treatment product such as Rain-X.

For more, check out my other Kia Optima Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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