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I think this should be simple...but I can't seem to figure out how to remove the wiper blades (not the refill or wiper arms)from my '90 coupe. The manual wasn't much help..says something about using a small screwdriver to push release, but doesn't tell where release is or what it looks like. Never had a problem replacing blades on other cars. I am probably overlooking the obvious. They look like they are the original blade and are in need of repainting. Any help would be appreciated.<P>Al Heitkamper

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Al: Assume you are replacing the entire assembly and can't get it off the short, round bar. Instructions say to insert a small-bladed screwdriver in the square opening and pry upwards. That usually doesn't work. The object here is to widen the hole going through the blade assembly which slips over the round bar. This can be easily accomplished by grabbing both ends of the assembly and pulling the ends up. This elongates the hole and allows the assembly to slip off. Installing the new assembly is easy; just snap it over the round bar. It there's any resistance, pull the ends up slightly.<P>Jerry Sellers

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It appears this question was more dificult than I thought. I'm sure all the experience Reatta owners are out scrathing their heads over this one smile.gif" border="0 . Seriouly, I still need help with this item. Any suggestions would be appreciated.<P>Al Heitkamper

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Just some pointers for anyone else running up against this problem. Jim's tip does work...but it is a lot easier if you remove the wiper arm first, then the refill and finally the blade assembly.<P>Again, thanks Jim for the tip.<P>Al Heitkamper

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  • 2 weeks later...

ok here it goes<P>Turn on ignition switch and wipers turn off ignition off when wiper arm is at the mid wipe position. disengage blade retainer with a small screw driver. dont know if thiss will help i took mine off of a 1990 with very little probs.

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  • 9 years later...
Guest KentWood

This procedure works for me:

1. Position the wiper arm in the mid-wipe position.

2. Place a cloth under the wiper blade assembly.

3. Lift the wiper arm and blade assembly about 4 inches above the glass of the windshield

4. Rotate the wiper blade assembly so that the edge nearest the hood almost touches the glass of the windshield.

5. With your thumb, push on blade release while pushing the blade assembly away from the wiper arm. The wiper blade assembly should easily disengage from the arm pin.

6. carefully guide the wiper arm back to rest on the cloth on the windshield.

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Guest daviddonahue

r u talking ABOUT THE PLASTIC PIECE THAT HOLDS THE BLADE TO THE PIN?? I JUST PUT NEW WINTER BLADES ON MY 90 REATTA THIS EVENING N THE PLASTIC PIECE WAS QUITE EASY TO REMOVE???

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David,

There are two types of wiper blades.

One has an attachment that is essentially a hole that a pin on the wiper arm slips into.

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The other is almost like a "J" shaped hook on the end.

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Most wipers nowadays are made for the "J" shaped arms. But to make them compatible with older cars, most manufactures include a small plastic piece.

The plastic piece makes them much easier to install and remove. The older pin-in-socket design is a pain to remove. The plastic piece basically just snaps over the pin on your wiper blade.

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Guest daviddonahue

marck..is this pik of the white reatta yours? i have the exact same 1:) also do u have 1 with dark blue interior? im still in need of a few little things for my 90 white with dark blue interior???

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This procedure works for me:

1. Position the wiper arm in the mid-wipe position.

2. Place a cloth under the wiper blade assembly.

3. Lift the wiper arm and blade assembly about 4 inches above the glass of the windshield

4. Rotate the wiper blade assembly so that the edge nearest the hood almost touches the glass of the windshield.

5. With your thumb, push on blade release while pushing the blade assembly away from the wiper arm. The wiper blade assembly should easily disengage from the arm pin.

6. carefully guide the wiper arm back to rest on the cloth on the windshield.

These posts are all good info, but the original post is 10 years old..... Jim

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Guest KentWood

My post was in reference to removing the older style OM wiper blades which went from "difficult to remove" to "easy to remove" by simply following steps 3 and 4 of the procedure I used.

3. Lift the wiper arm and blade assembly about 4 inches above the glass of the windshield

4. Rotate the wiper blade assembly so that the edge nearest the hood almost touches the glass of the windshield.

By contrast, the pin-in-socket design of the new higher quality blades such as Boss Evolution 4819 or Trico Flex 16-190 for the 1990 Reatta are simple to remove or to install.

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Guest Double M

10 year old post or not, it should be noted that the wiper blades on a 1990 are held on with an Alien connector that can not be removed by mortal means.

I have the pin type. I tried many times. The blade release that you all speak of is nice, except they dont exist untill we see a picture of this invisible thing we are supposed to stick a screwdriver in to easily remove the blades.

My windshield has scratches from the wipers becauce it seems not only I have failed at trying to solve the riddle of the Reatta wipers over the life of my car.

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Guest Double M
To Double M

Do your wiper blades look like the picture I posted in my post number 14 above ?

Yes, the screwdriver in the square hole has no effect on removing the wiper.

MM

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Guest Double M

Here is what I got...

It looks original, its metal, painted and well worn... It laughs at Screwdrivers and thumbs and defies removal except by extra-terrestial means...

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Guest Mc_Reatta

Someone installed an "E" clip on the end of the mounting that shouldn't be there to lock it on.

Use a small screwdriver to pop this clip off the pin and then it should come out.

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1. Spray some WD-40 around the area where the spring is on the light colored wiper blade.

2. Wait 5 minutes or so.

3. Insert a medium size flat screwdriver blade between the black wiper arm and the wiper blade on either side of the pin that goes through the blade.

4. Twist screwdriver to pry the blade off the arm. May have to work on both sides of the pin.

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Guest KentWood

You need to remove this BAD BOY (External E Retaining Ring). The spring in the wiper was possibly damaged and no longer would hold the wiper on the pin so someone resorted to the E Clip.

The wiper will possibly almost fall off after the clip is removed.

Take care that the wiper arm does not slam into the glass. Protect the glass with a towel or something and do not allow the wiper arm to spring back onto the glass.

Good luck !

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