Wipers - what size?

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  1. enginestarter

    enginestarter Junior Member

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    I need to replace all wipers.

    For the front I bought Michellin 26 inches. Is that the right size?
    I bought as I found at what seemed a good price in Lidl.

    For the rear, I have tried googling and I can't find a definitive answer.
    What size do I need?

    EDIT: I just googled again... I see a result saying:
    • driver. 26"
    • passenger. 18"
    • rear. 16"
    Is that correct?
    (Originally, I searched on mobile and not PC desktop and didn't get the same result.)

    EDIT: Also assuming that I can just pull off old ones and replace with new ones? 2 minute job?

    Thanks.
     
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    If you still have the original Toyota wiper arms, I very highly recommend getting just the refill blades from Toyota. They are only about $8 or $9 each and last for years.
     
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    That sounds great!
    Dumb question: where do I buy from?
    Direct from a Toyota dealership? Or online?
    Can you show me a link?

    Thanks.
     
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    After using many different type of blade replacements I found that the Toyota brand last the longest and perform the bestest.

    I use Olathe Toyota online parts. Very nice people. I order from them all the time. One time they actually called me after I placed an online order and said the part I ordered now has a superseded part number and they gave me the number. so i was able to order the right part.

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    Those are the correct lengths: 26, 18, and 16. However, note that the rear wiper has a non-standard arm attachment hook.
     
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    @edthefox5 isn't the only one here I've heard who likes Olathe. I see them suggested a lot on PC. But I don't know if they would ship to the UK or what that would cost. My nearest Toyota dealer is just two miles from my house. I get most of my parts and supplies from them. Many dealers are genuinely good and fair, but there are lots of war stories of the other kind of dealer. If I was in your place, I'd try the dealer first if they are near enough to you because I like to support local jobs when I can. If that doesn't work, then try googling for Toyota online parts.
     
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    How do I determine whether I have the "original Toyota wiper arms"?

    Does anyone have a pic so that I can compare what wiper arms that I have with the pic?
     
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    I'm at work now and have a meeting tonight. I might be able to take pictures tomorrow if no one beats me to it.

    What I did was drive the car to Toyota, take off a wiper arm and take it to the parts counter and ask them to let me see if the refill fits. Or maybe they have a whole arm you could look at.
     
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    Many thanks for helping. I look forward to seeing the photos when you get to them.
     
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    Well, it turns out that it's easier than I thought!! The blades on my wife's '07 have a very prominent Toyota emblem right next to where it attaches to the arm. (y)
    IMG_1426.jpg
     
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    Many thanks!!!!
     
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    You're welcome. Hope it's useful info.
     
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    The Tom and Ray "Car Talk" column still appears in my local newspaper (some of you might know what a newspaper is).

    In one of their columns that I would have sworn appeared in the past couple weeks, but was actually last year, they actually recommend buying ONLY original wipers from the dealer.

    Blog Post | Are Pricey Wipers Worth the Bucks? | Car Talk
     
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