Lots of pictures in this guide show you exactly what to do to install your new windshield wiper blades on a 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla!
Windshield wiper blades are one of those things that you totally forget about until you really need them, and then, you really need them! Some places say to replace your blades every 6-12 months, but honestly, who does that? You pretty much know when your blades need replacing; when it’s raining or snowing, and you can’t see, replace your blades. Check this guide for instructions on adding windshield washer fluid.
This guide covers Toyota Corollas from the 9th generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008). The vehicle shown here is a 2004 Toyota Corolla CE.
In this guide, we are going to cover these steps:
- Selecting the Correct Windshield Wiper Blades
- Removing the Old Wiper Blades
- Install the New Wiper Blades
- Verify the New Blade Installation
Okay, let’s get started!
Selecting the Correct Windshield Wiper Blades
Choosing the right windshield wiper blades is a lot easier now than it used to be. Don’t feel like you need to go to one of those dusty, greasy books at the auto parts store and page through all the different options in order to find the part number for your exact vehicle. Let Amazon do the work for you! Click this link, then click “Filter By Vehicle” to find your car:
If you are replacing blades on a 2003-2008 Corolla, then you need a 24″ (driver’s side) and 18″ (passenger’s side), and the following part numbers will work for you:
Another method is to measure the blades. The connections are standardized these days, so just get the lengths correct, and you have a very good chance of selecting the correct ones. Keep in mind that often the two blades are different lengths, so if you take this approach, be sure to measure both.
For video instructions, check out the video below:
Remove the Old Wiper Blades
Removing the old wiper blades is pretty straightforward. The hardest part is finding the tab that you need to press in order to release the old blade. The way it works is, you press the tab, then slide the blade downward until it is free of the wiper arm.
This now leaves the wiper arm j-hook exposed. Be careful not to press this arm toward the windshield at this point. Since it is spring-loaded, it has the potential to impact the windshield and leave a nick or a crack! If you are worried about it, put a towel on the windshield as an added layer of protection.
Install the New Wiper Blades
We’ll now go over how to install the blades onto the wiper arms. There are several different types of wiper arms. Here, we will discuss the J-hook and the Bayonet mounts.
J-Hook Style Wiper Arms
The j-style wiper arm will look like this:
Installing the new blade is pretty much the reverse of the removal. When you get the new blades, they will come with the wiper blade itself, some instructions, and perhaps an adapter for fitting to various other types of wiper arms.
The first step is to orient the new blade so that the tab is facing away from the j-hook. Then put the wiper arm through the wiper blade so that the hook slides onto the plastic piece. The push the new blade away from the car, so that the hook clicks into place. Follow the images below.
Bayonet Style Wiper Arms
The Bayonet style wiper arm looks like this:
This installation requires that you swap out the center plastic adapter that came with the new wiper arm. The J-hook assembly usually comes pre-installed on new wiper blades. To do this, un-snap the center plastic piece from the wiper arm. And instead, snap in the adapter piece. The pictures below show the steps. Start by pulling down on the existing plastic clip to remove it (upper-left), then locate the new adapter (upper right), Press the adapter onto the center post of the wiper arm (lower left) (also note that there are 3 slots, choose the one that fits best), finally, the adapter piece is installed (lower right).
Now position the wiper blade at the end of the wiper arm. Slide it into the slot in the adapter until it clicks into place, with the protrusion sticking through the hole in the adapter.
Verify the New Blade Installation
That’s it! After you have the new blades installed on both wiper arms, go ahead and try them out. Make sure there is nothing stuck under them, and if necessary, wipe a rag along the edge to clean them off.
I hope this was helpful!
Now click on the following link to select the correct wiper blades for your vehicle and get started!
These are the direct Amazon links for the wiper Rain-X wiper blades for the 2003-2008 Corollas:
For more information on 9th generation 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla maintenance, check out these articles:
Maintenance Articles on 2003-2008 Toyota Corollas