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Old 01-30-16, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default How To: replace beam windshield wiper blades ('08+ STi)

Time to replace windshield wipers on my 2012 STi, and at first glance it isn't all that apparent how this is done. The factory service manual is completely useless for this process, and there is a lack of YouTube videos.

NOTE: I almost made the mistake of turning the blade 90 degrees to remove (like most other cars I've done in the past) DON'T DO THIS!




To save others from potentially making this fatal mistake, I decided to make a quick How To


I replaced the OEMs with Bosch Icons, so install might be slightly different for the brand you choose, but removal of the OEM is the obviously the same.

Parts Needed:

16A (front passenger and hatch rear window wiper size)
24A (front driver wiper size)

Small screwdriver (only needed if you have trouble using your finger tip)


1) Lift wiper from glass, but don't turn it at all. This process is done at the same angle that the blade sits on the glass. On the top of the wiper arm, use your thumb or screwdriver to flip open the lock thing:





2) Next, push the wiper blade down the arm, towards the car. This will release the blade from the wiper arm hook/catch, and allow you to remove the OEM blade:



3) Prepare your replacement blade (Bosch Icon, in this case), and position it on the wiper arm hook:





4) Finally, slide the wiper up/away from the glass to set the hook.



5) Close latch, and done.

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Old 01-30-16, 02:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: How To: replace beam windshield wiper blades ('08+ STi)

good write up man...will be following when I replace my shitty ass OEM blades on my '15 this coming summer
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good write up man...will be following when I replace my shitty ass OEM blades on my '15 this coming summer
I need to update the How To, but it looks like different models use different types. My friends '15 uses the type I said not to use; same with my wife's '13 WRX. So yeah, I guess it all depends on what wiper type they decided to use that day at the factory.
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Old 03-18-17, 10:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: How To: replace beam windshield wiper blades ('08+ STi)

About to order some Bosch Icons from amazon. How did yours hold up a year later? Also noticed you have wiper warmers on a US model?
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They're excellent wipers, no problems with them. I also put some on my DD, and no problems there either.

Heated wiper inserts in the windshield are standard on US models, at least on the GR it was. Not sure about the '15+ models.
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Not sure if they will work for every type of wipers. But in common it was a good how to.
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Not sure if they will work for every type of wipers. But in common it was a good how to.
Yeah, I only found out after replacing the wipers on my wife's WRX, and a Toyota Rav4, that the arms are all the same, but the wipers themselves can be different types. So, this How To is only good for once certain style
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Default Re: How To: replace beam windshield wiper blades ('08+ STi)

Bosch universal blades are likely the worst I've ever used. They are expensive, look fancy and have a fancy installation. Unfortunately they don't actually work. I.e. wipe the glass.

Stock Denso blades work just fine and are as cheap as dirt. The extra fancy Denso blades also work just fine, but costs slightly more than dirt.
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