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Kia Rio Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
How to change the windshield window wiper blades on a 3rd generation 2012 to 2016 Kia Rio with photo illustrated steps.

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2014 Rio Windshield Wipers
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Raise Wiper Arm
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Black Plastic Release Tab

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and also the updated 2016 model year) Kia Rio sedan in changing a burnt out high mount third brake light located on the rear deck above the trunk.

Owners of other Kia and Hyundai vehicles such as the Optima, Forte, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Sportage, Sedona, Soul, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Tucson, Santa Fe, Genesis and Equus may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The blade sizes in inches are as follows: Driver Side 26" and Passenger Side 16".

A few compatible replacement windshield wiper blades with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 26A & Bosch 16A, Rain-X 5079281-1 & Rain-X 5079274-1, Trico 18-260 & Trico 18-160, ACDelco 8-2261 & ACDelco 8-2161, Michelin 8526 & Michelin 8516, Anco 31-26 & Anco 31-16,  and Valeo U-26 & Valeo U-16.

(If you have a hatchback model, the replacement rear window wiper blade is 11" such as the Michelin 9511, Trico 11-A and ANCO AR-11A.)

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Press In Release Tab
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Slide Bracket Out of Hook
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Rotate Blade Perpendicular
Lift the wiper arm off the windshield until it remains in the raised position by itself.

Rotate the old wiper blade away from the wiper arm at a slight angle.

Press in the small black plastic release tab at the center of the wiper blade mounting bracket.

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

Continue rotating the old wiper blade until it is perpendicular with the wiper arm.

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Pass Hook Through Opening
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Towel - Protect Glass
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Hook Through New Wiper
Pass the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm through the opening in the center of the old blade.

Place a towel on the windshield to protect the glass from being chipped, cracked or shattered just in case the metal wiper arm smacks down on to the window while you are replacing the blade.

I recommend buying the Bosch 26A and Bosch 16A wiper blades since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Line up the new wiper blade and pass the metal hook through the opening.

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Slide Bracket In To Hook
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New Blade Installed On Arm
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Lower Arm To Windshield
Slide the plastic bracket in the center of the new wiper blade up and in to the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm.

Double check that the new wiper blade is securely attached to the wiper arm.

Gently lower the wiper arm down to the windshield.

For the best wiper performance, I'd recommend thoroughly cleaning off the windshield and applying a window treatment product such as Rain-X or Zaino Glass Polish.

For more, check out my other 2012-2016 Kia Rio DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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