Mazda windshield wipers are simple and straightforward parts. Yet, they have several different components:
- Wiper motor
- Wiper arms
- Wiper blades
- Windshield washer pump
If you find that your wipers aren't working properly, this guide may help you pinpoint the problematic component(s). Once you figure out the problem, it's time to replace the those component(s).
This is the ultimate Mazda windshield wiper replacement guide. We'll show you how to replace each component.
How To Replace The Wiper Blades
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Replacing the wiper blades is the easiest job on this list. Here's what you need to do:
- Order replacement wiper blades.
- You'll find genuine OEM wiper blades at wholesale pricing in our catalog.
- Pull the wiper blades out.
- Rotate the old wiper blade toward you until it clicks off.
- Take the new wiper blade. Push the “hook” end into the connector until you hear a click.
- If the alignment is correct, there will be very little force. So if you need to force the new blade in, then it’s not aligned correctly. To ensure correct alignment, line up the small holes and boss holes.
- Repeat with the other wiper blade.
Disclaimer: We based this set of steps on the Mazda 3 model. The process should be the same (or at least similar) for other Mazda models.
How To Replace The Wiper Motor
Sometimes the wiper blades are fine, but the motor is the problem. In that case, here's how to replace the motor:
- Order a replacement wiper motor.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the windshield wiper arm.
- Remove the front fender molding.
- Remove the cowl grilles.
- Put masking tape along the bottom edge of the windshield.
- This prevents the motor from damaging the windshield upon removal.
- There are a few bolts holding the windshield wiper in place. Remove them all.
- Disconnect the motor wiring harness.
- Remove the motor.
- Be sure to slide the motor sideways and and pull it out from between the windshield and cowl panel.
- Install the new motor in the reverse order of removal.
How To Replace A Wiper Arm
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The first thing you need to do is order a new wiper arm. You'll find genuine OEM wiper arms for a variety of Mazda models at wholesale pricing here. Once you have your new wiper arm, here's how to replace the old one:
- Pop the hood.
- Lay a rag right above the wiper arm.
- Remove the wiper blade from the wiper arm.
- Do not put the wiper arm directly on the windshield. It will scratch the glass. Rather, place it on the rag.
- There’s a cap on the windshield wiper arm. Using a flathead screwdriver, carefully remove the cap.
- Wiggle the cap while removing it to make sure that it doesn’t break.
- Loosen the nut holding the wiper arm in place.
- Raise the wiper arm. Make sure it doesn’t make any contact with the windshield.
- Remove the nut.
- Remove the wiper arm.
- Install the new wiper arm in the reverse order of removal.
Disclaimer: We based this set of steps on the Mazda CX-5 model. The process should be the same (or at least similar) for other Mazda models.