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How to you replace the rear wiper?

I have searched for the answer to this on both the forum and the web and I have not found information that seems to apply to my vehicle. I have a new 2006 Rav4 4WD. I prefer to cut some of my maintenance costs by replacing the wiper blades etc. myself, which I can do for less than half the cost of what the dealer will charge me. The dealerships really gouge for that sort of item.

I am very familiar with the normal attachment for wiper blades, which are evident on the front wipers. However, the rear wiper blade appears to be different. I cannot see how to get the refill out of the blade because it looks like one solid piece of plastic with the refill captured inside of it. I can see no way to slide the refill out past the ends of the blade. I can also see no way to get the blade off of the arm to replace the entire blade. The attachment looks non-standard. When I pull it up from the window, it only comes up a couple of inches, so I cannot tilt it back and try to detach it like I can do on the front wipers. Here is a photo of my rear wiper pulled up from the window.



That is as far as it goes. The tip of the blade nearest to the wiper motor shaft is still touching the glass.

Do you normally replace the whole blade? In that case, how does it come off of the arm?

Do you normally just replace the refill? In that case, how to you get it out of the blade?

I am confused. This non-standard rear wiper is one of the few disappointments that I have in my new Rav.


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banjo , the cover over the wiper arm securing nut pops off and then the wiper arm can be tilted back far enough to see the blade connection.

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Re: How to you replace the rear wiper?

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Do you normally replace the whole blade? In that case, how does it come off of the arm?

Do you normally just replace the refill? In that case, how to you get it out of the blade?

I am confused. This non-standard rear wiper is one of the few disappointments that I have in my new Rav.
I didn't realize it until now, that it doesn't come out normally like the fronts. But replacing the whole blade seems inefficient. Replacing the refill is more like it.

I'd like to know as well.

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OK. I did not think of trying that. I will take a look at it next time I am messing around with it.

Even if I can get the blade off, the blade looks like a special design. Are there any third party sources for these things? Is it something I can pick up at a regular auto parts store? Toyota gouges on their parts. I would just as soon change the refill if that is possible. At least the refill looks like it might be somewhat standard. Anybody know how to do that?

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Re: How to you replace the rear wiper?

I hope this will help and make things clear.

http://free-zg.t-com.hr/AlanV/pdf/RearWiperRubber.pdf

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YES!

That is exactly what I was looking for!

Thanks, Alan.

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Re: How to you replace the rear wiper?

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I hope this will help and make things clear.

http://free-zg.t-com.hr/AlanV/pdf/RearWiperRubber.pdf

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thanks!

the matrix has a custom size refill with the metal bars on it too; you can cut a standard refill and make it work with the bars, or the oem part is probably $3 from a good reputable toyota dealer - anyone happen to have a part number?

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Re: How to you replace the rear wiper?

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I hope this will help and make things clear.

http://free-zg.t-com.hr/AlanV/pdf/RearWiperRubber.pdf

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Alan, thanks

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Re: How to you replace the rear wiper?

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I hope this will help and make things clear.

http://free-zg.t-com.hr/AlanV/pdf/RearWiperRubber.pdf

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alan thanks for the link it helped me alot . I know it was help a lot of rav onwer . has anyone found a non oem rear wiper blade ?

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