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Subaru Forester Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
How to change the front windshield window wiper blades on a 4th generation 2014-2018 Subaru Forester SUV.

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2017 Forester Wiper Arms
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Raise Wiper Arm Off Window

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018) Subaru Forester SUV in changing the front windshield window wiper blades.

Owners of other Subaru vehicles such as the Outback, Impreza, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, WRX, BRZ, SVX, Tribeca, Exiga, Trezia, Levorg and Baja may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM blade sizes in inches are as follows: Driver Side 26" and Passenger Side 17".

A few compatible replacement wiper blades with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 26A & Bosch 17B, Rain-X 5079281-2 & Rain-X 5079283-2, Aero 26" & 17", Michelin 8026 & Michelin 8017, Anco 31-26 & Anco 31-17, Trico Force 25-260 & Trico Force 25-170 and PIAA 95065 & PIAA 95043.

The only tool needed to remove and change the wiper blades is a plastic pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver.

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Pry Open Lock Tab
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Swing Open Hinged Tab
The first step is to lift the wiper arm off the windshield until it remains in the raised position by itself.

Then use a small plastic pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver to gently pry open the bottom edge the rectangular black plastic locking tab located in the middle of the old wiper blade.

Swing open the hinged lock tab out and up towards the top of the wiper blade.

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Plastic Mount In Metal Hook
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Slide Down Out Of Hook
Pull the old wiper blade down towards the windshield to release the plastic mounting bracket from the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm.
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Rotate Perpendicular
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Lift Old Blade Off Hook
Rotate the old wiper blade until it is almost perpendicular with the metal wiper arm.

Lift the old wiper blade up and off the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm.



 

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

I recommend buying the Bosch 26A & Bosch 17B wiper blades since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Line up the new wiper blade and the wiper arm with the rubber blade facing out away from the windshield.

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Pass Hook Through Opening
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Rotate Blade Parallel
Pass the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm through the opening in the center of the new wiper blade.

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

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Pull New Blade Up
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Plastic Mount In Metal Hook
Firmly pull the new wiper blade up to secure the plastic mounting bracket into the hook at the end of the metal wiper arm.

You should hear or feel the wiper blade "click" securely into place.

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Snap Closed Locking Tab
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Lower Wiper Arm To Window
Swing the hinged plastic lock tab down and pop it back into place.

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

Gently lower the wiper arm back down to the windshield.

For the best wiper performance, I recommend thoroughly cleaning off the windshield and applying a glass treatment product that will repel water such as Rain-X.

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2018 Subaru Forester DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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