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Subaru Outback Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
How to change the windshield window wiper blades on a 6th generation 2015 to 2018 Subaru Outback wagon.

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2017 Outback Windshield
Raise Wiper Arm Off Glass
Pry Open Lock Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and perhaps also the refreshed 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback station wagon in changing the front windshield window wiper blades.

Owners of other Subaru vehicles such as the Forester, Impreza, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, WRX, BRZ, SVX, Tribeca, Exiga, Trezia, Levorg and Baja 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 17".

A few compatible replacement wiper blades with their part numbers are as follows: Trico 16-260 & Trico 16-170, Bosch 26CA & Bosch 17CA, Rain-X 5079281-2 & Rain-X RX30217 and Anco 31-26 & Anco 31-17.

The only tool needed to remove and replace the old wiper blades is a plastic pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver.

Swing Open Plastic Tab
Slide Old Blade Down
Rotate Blade - Remove
The first step is to lift the wiper arm off the windshield until it remains in the raised position by itself.

Then use a plastic pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver to gently pry open the black plastic locking tab in the middle of the wiper blade.

Insert the tip of the screwdriver in between the bottom edge of the latch and the metal wiper arm.

Swing open the lock tab.

Carefully slide the old wiper blade down to remove the mounting bracket from the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm.

Rotate the wiper blade away from the wiper arm until it is perpendicular (90 degree angle).

Pull the old wiper blade off the hook at the end of the wiper arm.

Metal Hook - Wiper Arm
Old Wiper Blade Removed
Towel - Protect Glass
Place a towel down on the windshield to protect the window from being scratched, chipped, cracked or shattered just in case the wiper arm smacks down on to the glass.

I recommend buying the Trico 16-260 and Trico 16-170 wiper blades since they excellent reviews on Amazon.

Line up the opening in the center of the new wiper blade with the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm.


Line Up New Wiper Blade
Slide Blade Over Hook
Slide Bracket Up Into Hook
Point the rubber blade of the new wiper away from the windshield.

Pass the metal hook 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 wiper blade up and away from the windshield until the mounting bracket "clicks" securely into place in the metal hook at the end of the wiper arm.

Mount In Hook
Snap In Locking Tab
Lower Wiper To Window
Swing the black plastic locking tab down towards the metal wiper arm.

Firmly pop the lock tab back into place.

Double check that the new wiper blade is securely attached to the wiper arm.

Gently lower the wiper arm back down to the windshield.

For the best wiper performance, I highly recommend thoroughly cleaning off the windshield and applying a window treatment product that will repel water from the glass such as Rain-X.

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

For more, please check out all of my 2015-2018 Subaru Outback DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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