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Chevrolet Malibu Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
How to change the windshield window wiper blades on a 9th generation 2016 to 2023 GM Chevy Malibu sedan.

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2020 Malibu Windshield
Raise Wiper Arm
Plastic Lock Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the ninth generation 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 GM Chevrolet Malibu in changing the windshield window wiper blades.

The 9th generation Malibu was supposed to undergo a "facelift" in 2022 or 2023 and the refreshed vehicle may have continued being produced into the 2024 and 2025 model years but it will now apparently be discontinued after the 2023 model year.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Holden such as the Impala, Corvette, Bolt, Sonic, Spark, Express, Trax, TrailBlazer, Equinox, Traverse, Blazer, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Cruze, Volt, Camaro, Encore, Envision, Enclave, Regal, LaCrosse, Canyon, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade, CT4, CT5, CT6 and Commodore may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM wiper blade sizes in inches are as follows: Driver Side 26" and Passenger Side 18".

A few compatible replacement wiper blades with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 26A & 18A, Rain-X 5079281-2 & Rain-X 5079275-2, Michelin 8526 & Michelin 8518 and Trico 25-260 & Trico 25-180.

The only tool needed to remove and replace the wiper blades is a plastic pry bar tool or small flat head screwdriver.

The first step is to lift the wiper arm off the windshield until it remains in the raised position by itself.

Locate the rectangular shaped black plastic lock tab at the center of the old wiper blade.


Pry Out Bottom Edge
Swing Up Locking Tab
Grasp Old Wiper Blade
Insert the blade of the plastic pry bar tool in between the bottom edge of the plastic lock tab and the metal wiper arm.

Swing out the lock tab out and away from the wiper arm.

Pull Down Out of Hook
Rotate Blade Perpendicular
Lift Blade Off Arm
Pull old wiper blade down until the plastic mounting bracket slides out of the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm.

Rotate the old wiper blade until it is perpendicular to the wiper arm.

Lift the old wiper blade off the end of the metal wiper arm.

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

I recommend buying the Bosch 26A & 18A wiper blades since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Orientate the new wiper blade with the rubber blade pointing away from the windshield.

Pass Hook Through Hole
Rotate Blade Parallel
Pull Blade Up Into Hook
Pass the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm through the opening in the center of the new wiper blade.

Rotate the new wiper blade until it is parallel with the wiper arm.

Pull the new wiper blade up until you feel the plastic mounting bracket "click" securely into the hook at the end of the wiper arm.

Snap In Lock Tab
Lower Arm To Window
Wiper Blade Change Done
Swing down the black plastic locking tab and snap it back into place.

Double check that the new wiper blade is securely attached.

Gently lower the new wiper blade back down to the windshield.

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

Be sure to write down the blade change in your car's service records.

Please check out all of the 2016-2023 GM Chevrolet Malibu DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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