Unusual Wiper Blade - Advice Requested

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  1. Dan Buckley

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    Anyone that can help. I've searched the forums, but I can't find anything on this issue. I have tried to find wipers to replace my stock blades, but I cannot for the life of me find the proper mounting assembly (see attached photos to understand) anywhere on the market. Some forums point me in the direction of replacing the rubber inserts rather than the entire blade, but I am concerned my blades have lost tension in their old age.

    Any input on where to find this specific mounting assembly would be greatly appreciated. I love the ease of removal on these blades, but it has been a nightmare trying to get new blades.


    Thanks all.
     

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    If your dealer hasn't got them in stock, ring another dealer - they might charge some freight to get them to you.
     
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    My prime takes a 26" and a 16", rain-X fit, they have all the parts in the package, take yours off and tinker or have an auto jobber store install them.
     
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    Whatever you do, don't throw away those originals. It's only about $9 each to get the replacement inserts from Toyota and they work and last way way way better than anything else I've found in 40 years of messing with auto parts store replacements. They take a few minutes longer to install, but you only have to do it about every 2-3 years or more compared to every few months with the junk in the parts store.
     
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    Yes, I've found that in the past. My KIA RIO and FOCUS were 3 yrs old when I sold them and the original wiper blades were still on and fine. The FIESTA which I kept almost 5 yrs, I replaced the blades after 4 yrs - and the replacements, non-genuine, were almost ready to replace a year later - but I changed the car instead :rolleyes:. Samantha's wipers are still fine, 2 3/4yrs old.
     
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    Thanks all. Honestly, this search had me feeling fairly inept for a while. Sounds like the dealer has the inserts, and I will be grabbing them shortly. Thanks again.
     
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    Hear hear. Ours is build-date August 2009, drove it off the lot (new) in November 2010, still on the original wiper blades. The edges at the ends are starting to curl, slightly, might change them this fall. Or not.
     
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    The driver's side rubber started to tear after 19 months, so I opted to replace all three inserts. Not at all difficult, just take it slow and be methodical. $30 for all three inserts.

    Part Numbers (if you're so inclined)
    RUBBER, WIPER, RH. 85214-78010
    RUBBER, WIPER, LH 85214-47110
    RUBBER, REAR WIPER 85214-47010
     
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    All of those inserts are no longer available according to my dealer. But others have written good reviews on the Trico Blades below

    TRICO Exact Fit 28-17B Beam Wiper Blade

    TRICO TRI:16-17B Beam Wiper Blade

    Trico 16-A Exact Fit Rear Wiper Blade

     
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    Hmmm...
     
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    That's really odd that the dealer doesn't have access to parts from a current model car.

    It was understandable going back a while - someone went to buy some when their car was less than 12 mths old and the dealer didn't have them - but with cars now over 3yrs old and some may be due to have them replaced.
     
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    Tell me about it. I've purchased them twice but now they are listed as not for sale.
     
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    I picked some up at Rockingham Toyota in Salem yesterday.
     
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    I usually get them at Nashua because for whatever reason Nashua charge's like half the price
     
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