How To Replace Rear Windshield Wiper Blades

A number of things could go wrong with your rear wiper(s), but sometimes it’s just the blade. Sometimes rear windshield wiper blades last longer than the front windshield wiper blades. It’s because most drivers use their front wipers more than their rear wipers.

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It’s still a good idea to replace your rear wiper blade(s) every 6-12 months, though. The rubber blade degrades over time from:

  • Wear and tear
  • Weather damage (sun and moisture)

If you replace your rear wiper blade(s) in regular intervals, you don’t have to worry about the rear wipers failing during inclement weather. Luckily, it’s quite easy and affordable to replace rear wiper blades. There are two ways to do this:

1. Replace The Wiper Blade

There are two different kinds of replacement wiper blades:

  1. The entire blade with the plastic backing
  2. Only the rubber blade

Depending on your Mazda model, there may be both types available. Or maybe there's only one type available. Both types are very easy to replace. First, we'll show you how to replace the entire blade with the plastic backing.

  1. There's a tab on the rear wiper arm. Find the tab and then press it in. The wiper blade will become loose.
  2. Remove the old wiper blade.
  3. Push the new wiper blade into the wiper arm. Make sure that it clicks in place.

That's all! The replacement only takes a few minutes.

2. Replace Only The Rubber Blade

Called a "refill", a rubber blade is the more affordable option. For example, an entire rear blade for 2013-2019 CX-5 vehicles costs almost $13. You can get only the rubber blade for $6. It's also the more eco-friendly option because you're not throwing away the plastic backing every time you replace your rear wiper.

Replacing wiper blade refills is easy, too. Just take the following steps:

  1. There's a tab on the rear wiper arm. Find the tab and then press it in. The wiper blade will become loose.
  2. Remove the old wiper blade.
  3. Find all the metal tabs holding the rubber blade in place. With a needle nose plier, carefully bend these tabs open.
  4. Pull the old rubber blade out. You can use a plier to do this.
    1. Make sure the two metal rods come out with the old rubber blade. If they don't come out, be sure to pull them out with pliers.
  5. Slide in the new rubber blade refill.
  6. Close the tabs and secure the new rubber blade refill in place.
  7. Push the entire wiper blade into the wiper arm. Make sure it clicks in place.

Finding Replacement Parts

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We carry genuine OEM Mazda parts, and they're available at wholesale pricing. Whether you're looking for the whole wiper blade or only a refill, we have what you're looking for. Do a search on your Mazda model in our catalog of wiper blade parts and order your replacement wiper blades or refill(s) today!