Wiper Blades

CAUTION.

car washers have been known to Hot waxes applied by automatic
car washers have been known to affect the wiper's ability to clean windows.

blades, don't use gasoline, To prevent damage to the wiper
blades, don't use gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, or other solvents on or near them.

AUTO position and the ignition When the wiper lever is in the
AUTO position and the ignition switch is in the ON position, the wipers may move automatically in the following cases:
    sensor is touched. If the windshield above the rain
sensor is touched.

    sensor is wiped with a cloth. If the windshield above the rain
sensor is wiped with a cloth.

    a hand or other object. If the windshield is struck with
a hand or other object.

    a hand or other object from If the rain sensor is struck with
a hand or other object from inside the vehicle.

Be careful not to pinch hands or fingers as it may cause injury, or damage the wipers. When
washing or servicing your Mazda, make sure the wiper lever is in the OFF position.

Contamination of either the windshield or the blades with foreign matter can reduce wiper effectiveness. Common sources are insects, tree sap, and hot wax treatments used by some commercial car washes.

If the blades are not wiping properly, clean the window and blades with a good cleaner or mild detergent; then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Repeat if necessary.

Replacing Windshield Wiper Blades

When the wipers no longer clean well, the blades are probably worn or cracked.

Replace them.

CAUTION.

To prevent damage to the wiper arms and other components, don't try to sweep the wiper arm by hand.

NOTE.

To prevent damage to the wiper arm blades when raising both the driver and passenger side wiper arms, raise the driver side wiper arm first. Conversely, when setting down the wiper arms, set the passenger side wiper arm down first.

1. Raise the wiper arm and turn the blade


1. Raise the wiper arm and turn the blade assembly to expose the plastic locking clip.

Compress the clip and slide the assembly downward; then lift it off the arm.

CAUTION.

To prevent damage to the windshield let the wiper arm down easily, don't let it slap down on the windshield.

2. Hold the end of the rubber and pull


2. Hold the end of the rubber and pull until the tabs are free of the metal support.

3. Remove the metal stiffeners from each


3. Remove the metal stiffeners from each blade rubber and install them in the new blade.

CAUTION.

stiffeners. You need to use them Don't bend or discard the
stiffeners. You need to use them again.

switched, the blade's wiping If the metal stiffeners are
switched, the blade's wiping efficiency could be reduced.

So don't use the driver's side metal stiffeners on the passenger's side, or vice versa.

stiffeners in the new blade rubber Be sure to reinstall the metal
stiffeners in the new blade rubber so that the curve is the same as it was in the old blade rubber.

4. Carefully insert the new blade rubber.


4. Carefully insert the new blade rubber.

Then install the blade assembly in the reverse order of removal.

NOTE.

Install the blade so that the tabs are toward the bottom of the wiper arm.

Replacing RearWindowWiper Blade

When the wiper no longer cleans well, the blade is probably worn or cracked.

Replace it.

CAUTION.

To prevent damage to the wiper arm and other components, don't try to sweep the wiper arm by hand.

1. Raise the wiper arm and rotate the


1. Raise the wiper arm and rotate the wiper blade to the right until it unlocks, then remove the blade.

CAUTION.

To prevent damage to the rear window let the wiper arm down easily, don't let it slap down on the rear window.

2. Pull down the blade rubber and slide it


2. Pull down the blade rubber and slide it out of the blade holder.

3. Remove the metal stiffeners from each


3. Remove the metal stiffeners from each blade rubber and install them in the new blade.

CAUTION.

Don't bend or discard the stiffeners.

You need to use them again.

4. Carefully insert the new blade rubber.


4. Carefully insert the new blade rubber.

Then install the blade assembly in the reverse order of removal.

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