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Old 09-11-14, 04:30 AM   #1
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Hi, my driver's side wiper is completely worn out. Strangely, the passengers side wiper is still fine but im planning to change both anyway just to be sure.

My question is, what size refills am I supposed to get? I understand that Lexus dealers here in the UK just swap refills instead of changing the whole blade.

As far as Im aware, the driver's side refill is 26" and the passenger side should be 22" but what width do I need? Standard 6.5mm?

And how easy is the job to do? And is the arm on the RX of the hook type?

Thanks in advance
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rayaans, we have a few threads on this topic including these two:

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-t...placement.html
http://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-t...r-2013-rx.html

I've changed mine close to 10 times. Five minutes, no problems.
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rayaans, we have a few threads on this topic including these two:

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-t...placement.html
http://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-t...r-2013-rx.html

I've changed mine close to 10 times. Five minutes, no problems.
Ive just checked those. Problem is, we don't have Toyota Highlander's in the UK so they dont carry the part numbers given. Also, I rang my dealer who said they are 35 not including fitting!

Sewell charges $147 including shipping so that's not an option.

Should I just get some random wiper refills? Also if I were to get the refills, how would I know which side is the locking side?

You can tell ive never done this before, traditionally Ive just changed the whole blade, Denso make some hybrid blades which look exactly the same but as expected, very expensive!
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I believe the same refills fit the Camry too. Maybe you can contact a dealer using the Toyota part numbers and see if they have them. If not any refill of the same length should probably work. Personally I haven't had luck going with aftermarket in the past but they've improved since the last time I tried installing them. I'll stick with OE anyway. The refills slide out by tugging on the end in a slightly downward direction. Then it's a matter of inserting the metal from the old ones into the new ones and lining it up through the brackets. Just make sure it settles into the indentation on the refill at the end. To me it's much easier than replacing the entire blade.
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Trico is the OEM supplier and I think Teflon Shield are the OEM blade.
http://www.tricoproducts.com/Drivers/FindYourWiperSize

Refills should not very expensive and you need to get them from a dealer. I have not seen Trico sell blade refills in auto parts stores.
I think any Toyota blade the same size would have the same refill. Do some searching on the Trico site linked above to figure this out. On refills the locking side has a small notch that fits into a tab on the blade. There are metal spring strips on each side that must be removed from the old blade and inserted into the new one. It is not difficult, they almost fall out once removed from the metal part. You just grab the insert and pull. Notice on your old one where the notch is located.

New complete blades come with instructions for installation. You usually press down on a tab on the top or bottom to release the blade assembly. Then slide it out of the J shaped hook on the arm. Slide the new on in and it should just click in to place and be locked.

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I believe the same refills fit the Camry too. Maybe you can contact a dealer using the Toyota part numbers and see if they have them. If not any refill of the same length should probably work. Personally I haven't had luck going with aftermarket in the past but they've improved since the last time I tried installing them. I'll stick with OE anyway. The refills slide out by tugging on the end in a slightly downward direction. Then it's a matter of inserting the metal from the old ones into the new ones and lining it up through the brackets. Just make sure it settles into the indentation on the refill at the end. To me it's much easier than replacing the entire blade.
No camry here either Im afraid. Also, I checked my wipers. I have to tug upwards to get it to move as the end on the top of the blade seems to be the locked end? Is that weird?

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Nice! Thats good to know! Thanks! Trico exact fit right?
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I have an RX350, a few months ago I bought after market blades. I bought the entire replacement instead of just the refill. BIG mistake. The window was always streaky and they just didn't sit right on the window, very frustrating. I ended up buying entire replacements at the Toyota dealership when my husband bought his Avalon. They actually called Lexus to find out what was comparable. I just bought the back wiper blade replacement/refill at the Lexus dealer, this morning. It was $8. In the US they only replace the rubber blades at the dealer too.
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I see Sewell is charging $22.20 US for wiper blade inserts. How do you end up with $147. Shipping cannot be that expensive. http://lexus.sewellparts.com/accesso...2011/3105.html

I see they are on eBay for $17 US front and rear. These are OEM



You could contact the dealer regarding shipping to the UK. It should not be much, they do not weigh anything.
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No, not Exact Fit. The OEM blade is the Trico Teflon Shield.

http://www.tricoproducts.com/Drivers...s/TeflonShield
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rayaans, my point is there's likely another vehicle with the same size refill. You might want to bring it into the dealer to make sure. I've purchased a few things for the RXh from Toyota. They're slightly cheaper than Lexus and closer to me. I start by pulling the refill from the 'thicker' side. The bracket would get caught in the indentation on the refill otherwise. Start with the 'thin' side first when running the replacement through the brackets. First time is always the hardest.
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To the OP. See this thread for detailed pix of how to remove wiper blades.

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-t...r-2013-rx.html
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Run across another problem. They recognise the part number for the drivers side wiper refill. However, they dont recognise the passenger side refill. They said something along the lines of "cant see why you couldn't just cut the driver refill to size".
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Trico is the OEM supplier and I think Teflon Shield are the OEM blade.
http://www.tricoproducts.com/Drivers/FindYourWiperSize

Refills should not very expensive and you need to get them from a dealer. I have not seen Trico sell blade refills in auto parts stores.
I think any Toyota blade the same size would have the same refill. Do some searching on the Trico site linked above to figure this out. On refills the locking side has a small notch that fits into a tab on the blade. There are metal spring strips on each side that must be removed from the old blade and inserted into the new one. It is not difficult, they almost fall out once removed from the metal part. You just grab the insert and pull. Notice on your old one where the notch is located.

New complete blades come with instructions for installation. You usually press down on a tab on the top or bottom to release the blade assembly. Then slide it out of the J shaped hook on the arm. Slide the new on in and it should just click in to place and be locked.
If Trico Teflon Shield is OEM, you can get them at Amazon.
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Good Selection of Bosch blades on Amazon UK Not much Trico
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...20rx350%202011
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Update - I contacted Lexus UK directly. They gave me part number 8521453080 for the passenger side wiper refill.

They show up as IS driver side, however Lexus UK personally guaranteed that they will fit as the refills have multiple applications on different models.

Many thanks guys!
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