It's been a while since I replaced the wipers on our modern cars and they are in need. I went to 3 auto parts stores. None of them carry refills, only the whole assembly. What the heck? Why should I spend $25-$30 each for the assembly when all I need is the refill which should cost around $5?
Did I just go to the wrong places or have the wiper manufacturers made a change to increase profits at our expense?
http://www.carquest.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchDisplay?storeId=10151&ca talogId=10651&langId=-1&pageSize=10&beginIndex=0&searchSource=Q&sType=SimpleSear ch&resultCatEntryType=1&showResultsPage=true&pageView=image&hdrSearchType=keywor d&searchTerm=wiper+blades
Click on "Wiper Blade Refill". They run from $6.39 - $8.49 at the Modesto, CA store.
Your local store may only stock the complete assemblies as a way to make you spend more. I expect they also sell the fastener you want as part of a "kit" containing a variety of stuff you'll never use, and the one bulb you want only in a package of two.
My local Auto Zone has the refills if you ask for them. They're in the back. Only the complete arms are up front. I found out when I complained, Don.
If you drive a GM car, you can buy OEM refills from GM Parts Direct (aka Flow Chevrolet) online. That's what I've done.
Also, any auto parts store that carries ANCO aftermarket refills should have them or be able to order them for you. I've also done that too - they're just as good and fit in the OEM blades.
I was in an O'Reily store last week and a woman came in to get a refill. They had the complete blade. She asked why she couldn't get a refill. They said," People who install the refills tend to twist the assembly and then complain that the blade smears instead of wiping, so we only sell the entire assembly".
Now I wish we could get refills for the Model T blades. However, here, they would rot before it rains again!
Lang's carries them.
At least they're consistent. That's the same line I got at the nearby O'Reily store here in Modesto.
Ha! I didn't even know "refills" were a thing. Makes sense though. I'll have to check that out for next time.
On some cars, the wiper blades have thin, metal stiffeners slid into slots in the blade. Sometimes the refills don't come with the stiffeners and you have to pull them out of your old blades and insert them into the new refills before you install them.
Check for the stiffeners before you throw your old blades away!
Viagra for wiper blades??!!
What will they think of next!
Those stiffeners are made (usually) from stainless steel. I save them for projects (OK, I'm a hoarder!). I've found them handy many times so far--OK, twice so far!