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Kia Sportage Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
How to change the front windshield window wiper blades on a 4th generation 2017 to 2022 Kia Sportage SUV.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2018 Sportage Wipers
Raise Wiper Arm
Rotate Away Old Blade
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2017, 2018, 2019 and probably also the refreshed 2020, 2021 and 2022) Kia Sportage SUV in changing the front windshield window wiper blades.

Owners of other Kia, Hyundai and Genesis vehicles such as the Niro, Optima, Soul, Forte, Rio, Stinger, Cadenza, K900, Sorento, Telluride, Sedona, Kona, Santa Fe, Tucson, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Rondo, Carens, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Palisade, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

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

A few compatible replacement aftermarket wiper blades with their part numbers include the following: Bosch 26A & 16A, Aero 26" + 16", PIAA 95065 & PIAA 95040, Anco 31-26 & Anco 31-16 and Trico 16-260 & Trico 16-160.

No tools are needed to remove and replace the wiper blades.

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.


Push In Release Tab
Slide Old Blade Down
Pull Blade Off Hook
Push in the small black plastic release tab towards the wiper arm.

While holding in the release tab, pull the old wiper blade down towards the windshield to disengage the mounting bracket from the metal hook.

Rotate the old wiper blade until it is perpendicular with the metal wiper arm.

Pull the old wiper blade off the wiper arm.

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

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

Line up the new wiper blade with the wiper arm.

The rubber blade should be pointing out away from the vehicle.

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

Slide Mount Into Hook
New Blade Secured
Lower Wiper To Window
Rotate the new wiper blade until it is parallel with the wiper arm.

Slide the plastic mounting bracket up and into the hook at the end of the wiper arm.

You should feel or hear the mounting bracket "click" securely into the hook.

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

Carefully lower the wiper down to the windshield.

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

Be sure to record the wiper blade change in your vehicle's service records.

Please check out all of my 2017-2022 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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