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Mazda CX-5 Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
How to change the front windshield window wiper blades on a 1st generation 2012 to 2016 Mazda CX-5 SUV with photos.

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2013 Mazda CX-5 Wipers
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Raise Wiper Arm Off Glass
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Plastic Locking Tab

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & the refreshed 2016 model year) Mazda CX-5 SUV in changing the front windshield wiper blades.

Owners of other Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 5, Mazda 6, CX-7, CX-9, and the MX-5 Miata may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM windshield wiper blades are the following sizes in inches: Driver Side 24" and Passenger Side 18".

A few compatible replacement wiper blades with their part numbers include the following: Bosch 24A & Bosch 18B, Rain-X 5079280-1 & Rain-X 5079275-1, Anco 31-24 & Anco 31-18, Trico 25-240 & Trico 25-180, Silblade WB124S & Silblade WB118S and Michelin 8524 & Michelin 8518.

The only tool needed to change the wiper blades is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry open the plastic lock tab.

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Pry Open Plastic Lock Tab
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Swing Open Lock Tab
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Slide Bracket Down Off Hook
The first step is to lift the wiper arm off the windshield until it remains in the raised position by itself.

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

Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry open the black plastic locking tab at the center of the old wiper blade.

You may also use a car key, coin, butter knife, nail file or any other similarly shaped item.

Flip open the lock tab.

Gently slide the old wiper blade down off the metal hook at the end of the metal wiper arm.

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Rotate Blade Away From Arm
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Pass Hook Through Opening
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Old Wiper Blade Removed

Continue rotating the wiper blade away from the metal wiper arm until it is almost perpendicular.

Pass the hook at the end of the metal wiper arm through the opening in the old wiper blade.



 
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Towel - Protect Glass
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Line Up New Wiper Blade
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Opening & Metal Hook
Place a towel or rag down on the windshield to protect the window from being cracked, shattered, chipped or scratched just in case the metal wiper arm smacks down on the glass while you are replacing the blade.

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

Line up the opening in the center of the new wiper blade with the metal hook at the end of the metal wiper arm.

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Insert Hook Through Blade
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Slide Bracket Up In Hook
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Bracket Secure In Hook
Pass the metal hook through the opening in the center of the new wiper blade with the rubber edge facing up towards the ceiling.

Rotate the new wiper blade until it is almost parallel with the wiper arm.

Firmly pull the wiper blade up to insert the mounting bracket in to the metal hook.

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Swing Closed Locking Tab
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Pop In Lock Tab
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Lower Wiper Arm To Window
Flip down the plastic lock tab and gently pop it back in to place.

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 the windshield and applying a window treatment product such as Rain-X.

For more, check out all of my Mazda CX-5 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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