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Old 12-20-2007, 05:42 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Wiper Blade Replacement - Aftermarket Blades

Here is my how to on changing the front wiper blades. This is for my 2006. I'm sure it will work on the 2007 but not sure about the 08. I'm guessing it will but can't be positive:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8727

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Old 12-20-2007, 08:16 PM   #2
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As usual, beautiful write up!
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:45 AM   #3
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Peaty, did you end up using Subaru brand parts, or have you found an aftermarket resource? Thx in advance!

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have a look at my link above (if you can't see it you need to register and log in but it's free) you can see I used aftermarket Trico blades. The link details the procedure changing out just the rubber while using the OEM holder. It's snowing and sleeting here now and the wife just took the B9 to the store. I'll give feedback on how the blades work. I have a feeling they are fine since so far I have not gotten a call saying what the heck did you do!
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:09 AM   #5
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Just some quick feedback. I just called the wife to check out how she's doing on the roads. We have a good storm going. I can only remember a few times I've seen lightening and thunder while it was snowing like it is today. She said the wipers are working great, thank goodness, and she also said thanks for getting such a safe car to drive. Apprently the VDC has kicked in a few times here and there. My wife grew up in MI so she's good at driving in this stuff unlike a lot of the native Kansans. She saw a guy in a PU truck gunning it and sliding all over. It's not so much her I worry about it's all the boneheads that don't drive properly in this type of weather.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:08 PM   #6
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So I was in the dealership today, getting an oil change on my 06, and I noticed an 08 in the showroom. The wiper arms themselves are totally different than that of the 06, and 07's. I'm wondering if the assembly is interchangeable between the years. If so it would allow for the use of after market blades. I checked with the parts guy, but he couldn't verify if the connections are the same. Any ideas?
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So I was in the dealership today, getting an oil change on my 06, and I noticed an 08 in the showroom. The wiper arms themselves are totally different than that of the 06, and 07's. I'm wondering if the assembly is interchangeable between the years. If so it would allow for the use of after market blades. I checked with the parts guy, but he couldn't verify if the connections are the same. Any ideas?
I think someone here already verified that the driver side is interchangeable, but not the passenger side. So Peaty's DIY is the best alternative so far.

As far as my blades, the driver side is fine, but the passenger side almost always "rubs" or skips on the upswing. I had the dealer swap them out under warrenty, but it still happens. Any ideas?
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As far as my blades, the driver side is fine, but the passenger side almost always "rubs" or skips on the upswing. I had the dealer swap them out under warrenty, but it still happens. Any ideas?
I pulled the rubber refills out and reversed the direction on each one, virtually eliminating the streaking problems I was having. Evidently the summer sun warps them somewhat and turning them around corrected the problem...at least for now.

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I pulled the rubber refills out and reversed the direction on each one, virtually eliminating the streaking problems I was having. Evidently the summer sun warps them somewhat and turning them around corrected the problem...at least for now.

-Karen in AZ-
Thanks. I'll give that a try. That damn rubbing is annoying. Subaru blades suck.
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:23 PM   #10
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Hey Peaty,

How are the wiper blades working out for you? They keeping relatively streak free? Being in Canada, I am having a little bit of a tougher time finding the Trico break to fit type that you used, but haven't lost hope yet. Do you know what major American chains carry those? Every once in a while I head through Port Huron, MI and could find somewhere. I really need to swap them out, as the snow and slush around here can get brutal, and my wipers streak bad.

Anything you can add or suggest would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 01-24-2008, 06:43 PM   #11
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We've been having a heck of a winter, lots of snow for KS. They have been working out very nicely so far. We've gotten lots of use out of them so far. I was able to find them at Advanced Auto but not AutoZone. My guess is if you have a Sears they may carry them too if they have an automotive department. Advanced is owned by Sears I think. If you are really hard pressed for them I suppose I could get you a few sets and send them.
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:42 PM   #12
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I had to replace mine and purchased NAPA direct fit refills. They are packaged one each, so you can purchase just 2 inserts. They do not need to be broken off, but I did find the rubber needed to be trimed about 1/4" after installing as they hit the arm portion.
Parts numbers are: 602601 and 602000 for one 26" and one 20" respectively. Hope this helps others.
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I had to replace mine and purchased NAPA direct fit refills. They are packaged one each, so you can purchase just 2 inserts. They do not need to be broken off, but I did find the rubber needed to be trimed about 1/4" after installing as they hit the arm portion.
Parts numbers are: 602601 and 602000 for one 26" and one 20" respectively. Hope this helps others.
How are those refills working for you?
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:29 PM   #14
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They have been working perfectly! Even in the snow/ice/freezing rain we have had in Connecticut in the past 3-4 weeks.
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I finally ordered OEM Subaru refills/inserts from allsubaru.com at very reasonable prices. Several other online stores offer genuine Subaru parts at discounts, as well. The menus and selection processes are very similar on many of them.

Go to the main page, click on the Tribeca link. On the next page choose the "Parts" Catalog (not the Replacement one), select the year and make, and click "Search". Next you'll choose (B9) Tribeca, and page will automatically load the parts page.

Now scroll down the list on the left and click on "Windshield, then "Wiper and washer components", then "Inserts". Both right and left inserts appear in the menu to the right, and they are only $5 and $6 resp.

If you need the rear wiper insert, it's called a "refill" this time. Click on "Lift gate" then "Wiper and washer components", then "wiper blade" and finally "refill". It's under $4.

The S&H was almost as much as the whole order, so you might consider ordering something else while you're there, like engine air filters or such (as I have done).

We are finally getting some long overdue and blessed rain out here in the southwest deserts, but since I reversed the direction on my original refills a few months ago, I think I'm OK for another few days.

-Karen in AZ-

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Old 12-24-2009, 08:18 AM   #16
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Here is my how to on changing the front wiper blades. This is for my 2006. I'm sure it will work on the 2007 but not sure about the 08. I'm guessing it will but can't be positive:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8727

Hope that helps someone.
I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to thank Peaty for the great write up on these aftermarket wiper blade refills. I have a 2007 Tribeca and the Subaru OEM wiper blades have always sucked. We have had them changed by the dealer (no charge) about every 6 months since we purchased the car new back in July of 2006. No matter what they did, the wipers were never any good. So, after reading Peaty's mod thread I decided to try it out. I found the aftermarket refills at my local Advanced Auto for $6 each (each one includes 2 refills, so I still have an extra set for later). It took me about 15 minutes from start to finish and they work very well. So much better than the Subaru OEM wiper blades. I wish I would have done this years ago! Thanks again for the great write-up.
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Lightbulb Rear replacement wiper blade alternative to dealer

There is an alternative to going to the dealer for a replacement rear blade on the Tribeca. It may first appear that the blade and arm are one piece but if you take a look, you'll see the wiper blade can be replaced and its actually quite simple. There may be other alternatives, but I found the Trico Exact Fit Rear Integral Blade at wipers123 and it snaps right onto the special rear arm and looks like the factory original. Much cheaper than the dealer alternative. Comes with removal and replacement instructions too. Hope this helps...

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I finally ordered OEM Subaru refills/inserts from allsubaru.com at very reasonable prices. Several other online stores offer genuine Subaru parts at discounts, as well. The menus and selection processes are very similar on many of them.

Go to the main page, click on the Tribeca link. On the next page choose the "Parts" Catalog (not the Replacement one), select the year and make, and click "Search". Next you'll choose (B9) Tribeca, and page will automatically load the parts page.

Now scroll down the list on the left and click on "Windshield, then "Wiper and washer components", then "Inserts". Both right and left inserts appear in the menu to the right, and they are only $5 and $6 resp.

If you need the rear wiper insert, it's called a "refill" this time. Click on "Lift gate" then "Wiper and washer components", then "wiper blade" and finally "refill". It's under $4.

The S&H was almost as much as the whole order, so you might consider ordering something else while you're there, like engine air filters or such (as I have done).

We are finally getting some long overdue and blessed rain out here in the southwest deserts, but since I reversed the direction on my original refills a few months ago, I think I'm OK for another few days.

-Karen in AZ-
I know this is old, but thanks
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It was cheaper to get the refills from my local dealer. The right front was $9.95, left side was $11.95, and rear was $5.95. The fronts were just the rubber. You have to remove the old rubber and insert the new rubber into the metal back "plate". The rear refill already has the metal insert installed. When it warms up enough and the rest of the snow melts, I'll do the install.
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It was cheaper to get the refills from my local dealer. The right front was $9.95, left side was $11.95, and rear was $5.95. The fronts were just the rubber. You have to remove the old rubber and insert the new rubber into the metal back "plate". The rear refill already has the metal insert installed. When it warms up enough and the rest of the snow melts, I'll do the install.
True, that is the cheapest way to go. But depending on grade of wiper you choose, it ranges from cheaper for all 3, to roughly $15 more for all 3 to replace the entire wiper blades (rubber and frames) front and back: (08 Tribeca Wipers). Also, the install is literally much less than 1-minute per wiper (see hook video and xx-B video). I just don't have the time, talent and patience to do the refill thing...wish I did, but I don't!!
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