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How much does it cost to replace the rear windshield wiper blades?

In general, replacing your car's rear windshield wiper blades will cost you $33. This includes $16 in labor costs and $18 in parts, but the price ranges from vehicle to vehicle.
How long does it take to replace the rear wiper blade? In general, 0.2 hours hours of labor are required for a qualified mechanic to complete the task. Before starting the full service, your mechanic will perform a preliminary check to see if the blade needs to be replaced. 
Here is a breakdown of how much it costs to replace the rear windshield wiper blades on different cars:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 24, 2024
Porsche Cayenne
$26
$15
$11
0.1 Hours
May 24, 2024
Alfa Romeo Giulia
$26
$15
$11
0.1 Hours
May 20, 2024
Land Rover Range Rover
$27
$15
$12
0.1 Hours
May 16, 2024
Geo Prizm
$26
$15
$11
0.1 Hours
May 15, 2024
Smart Fortwo
$27
$15
$12
0.1 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for replacing the rear windshield wiper blade? How much do those parts cost?

If you need to replace your rear windshield wiper blade, the only part you'll need to purchase is a new blade.
A rear windshield wiper blade can cost anywhere from $10 to $20, depending on the make and model. Some wiper blades, especially high-end brands designed for specific vehicles or weather conditions, may cost up to $30.
Some popular rear windshield wiper blade brands include Bosch, Trico and Rain-X. You can purchase them from online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart, or from local auto part shops such as NAPA Auto parts and AutoZone. Recommended brands and their cost will differ based on what's best for your vehicle.
When deciding between original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket rear windshield wiper blades, remember that OEM blades will always provide a more precise fit and reliable quality, although at a higher price. In contrast, aftermarket blades are less expensive and come in a wider variety of styles, but they may not be a perfect fit for your vehicle, leading to less-than-stellar window cleaning results.
You can find rear windshield washer blades in retailers like auto body shops and stores like NAPA Auto Parts and AutoZone that sell auto parts. They are also easy to find at online stores like Amazon and Walmart. To make sure you get the right size, check the owner's manual for your car, which will list the sizes of the washer blades—this information will help you choose the right replacement parts to buy.

Where can I get my rear windshield wipers replaced?

If you don't already have a go-to mechanic, it can be difficult to find a dependable place to get your windshield wiper blades replaced. Fortunately, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can help soothe all your worries! It provides easy access to quotes from over 2,500 certified service centers across the United States.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ makes it simple to compare diagnostic costs with other service fees by providing you with fair price estimates* depending on each shop's hourly labor rate. In addition, you can read reviews written by actual customers to help you pick the service that is best suited to your needs.
Check out some of the shops we've vetted with down below, and don't forget to get the app for local auto repair cost comparisons on the go!
155 Reviews
1 Stop Auto Services
address
469 Crescent Blvd, Camden, NJ
Rear Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$93
(Parts - $13, Labor - $80)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$40
145 Reviews
Canyon Auto Repair Inc - Tigard
address
11591 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR
Rear Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$153
(Parts - $13, Labor - $140)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$185
192 Reviews
Elmwood Certified Auto Service
address
302 Broadway, Alpine, NJ
Rear Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$138
(Parts - $13, Labor - $125)
154 Reviews
61 Auto Center
address
1226 Centre Ave, Reading, PA
Rear Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$63
(Parts - $13, Labor - $50)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$70
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my rear windshield wiper blades?

These are the typical steps a mechanic will take when replacing your rear windshield wiper blades:
  1. Preparation: The mechanic will first look at how your current wiper blades are doing to see if they need to be replaced, checking for signs of wear, damage, or deterioration. Next, they'll pull the wiper arms away from the windshield, typically one at a time, to gain access to the old blades.
  2. Take out the old wiper blades: Wiper arms are usually attached via a small tab or latch on the wiper. The mechanic will find the point of attachment between the wiper blade and arm, then release it. Once the attachment is loose, they will gently pull the old blade away from the arm until it comes off.
  3. Attach the new wiper blades: The mechanic will line the new wiper blade up with the wiper arm, then attach it securely by pressing the tab or latch until it clicks into place.
  4. Test the new wiper blades: The mechanic will lower the windshield wipers and test them to make sure they are making good contact with the windshield, sliding effortlessly, and not leaving any streaks.

What happens if I don’t replace my rear windshield wiper blade?

Don't risk poor visibility or an unclean windshield because you neglected to fix your back windshield wipers. Not replacing your rear windshield wiper blade can lead to the following issues:
  • Reduced visibility
  • Streaking and smearing
  • Scratched windshield
  • Damage to windshield wiper arm and motor

What are rear windshield wiper blades?

Rear windshield wiper blades are an essential part of a car's wiper system that is used to wipe the rear window. They are a very important part of keeping the rear window clear, especially during
inclement weather
like rain, snow, or sleet.
The rear windshield wipers are made of rubber or silicone and are attached to a metal or plastic frame, just like the front windshield wipers. A wiper arm is attached to the frame, and the wiper motor controls how the arm moves. When it’s on, the wiper arm moves the rear wiper blade in an arc across the rear windshield. This clears the glass of water, dirt, and other debris.

When should I replace the rear windshield wiper blade on my car?

Most car manuals say that the rear windshield wiper blade should be changed every 6 to 12 months. But the actual time between replacements can vary depending on a few things:
  1. Wear and tear: Wear and tear from use, weather, and age can make the wiper blade less effective over time. Check the wiper blade often for signs of wear, like streaks, smudges, skipping, or cracks in the rubber.
  2. Environmental conditions: If you live in a place with rough weather, like extreme temperatures or a lot of rain, the wiper blade may wear out faster and need to be replaced more often.
  3. Unusual noises: If you hear strange sounds when you use the rear wiper, it could mean that the blade is worn or broken and needs to be replaced.
  4. Changing seasons: Some car owners like to replace their wiper blades at the beginning of certain seasons, like before the rainy season or winter, to make sure they work well for any inclement weather.
  5. Frequency of use: The rear wiper will wear out faster the more you use it. If you drive a lot when it's raining or dusty, you may need to replace your wiper blades more often.
Remember to replace your rear windshield wiper blades regularly so you can see well and drive safely in bad weather. Check your wiper blades often, like during
routine car maintenance
, and replace them when they wear out to keep yourself and other drivers safe on the road.

How often should rear windshield wiper blades be replaced?

Weather, blade quality, and usage frequency are just a few variables that affect how often rear windshield wiper blades need to be replaced. However, as a rule of thumb, you should swap out your rear windshield wiper blades every six to twelve months.
It's also important to check consistently for signs of wear, such as streaking, smearing, or skipping. All of these problems are signs that it's time to replace your rear windshield wiper blades.

Can I replace my rear windshield wiper blades myself?

If you're confident in your automotive abilities, you can change the rear windshield wiper blades on your own. But if you're not sure how to do it right, it's best to take your car to a professional mechanic.

FAQs

The laws concerning rear wiper blades differ depending on where you live. If the vehicle originally came equipped with one, having a rear windshield wiper may be a legal requirement in some areas. This is common in areas where safety standards require specific equipment on cars for better visibility and safe driving in inclement weather.
To understand the specific regulations regarding rear wiper blades in your area, check your local traffic laws or consult with your local transportation authority.
It's not always the case, but due to their size and design, SUVs and other large cars typically have rear windshield wipers. SUVs' back windows are typically more vertical and larger than those of compact cars or sedans. This means that more dirt, rain, and debris can collect on their larger surface area, making it even more important to have a rear wiper to maintain visibility.
Many compact cars, on the other hand, have rear windows that are more slanted and smaller, which may prevent them from collecting as much dirt and water. This means that smaller cars are less likely to have rear wipers.
If the motor for the rear wiper is broken, the rear wiper might fail to work, move slowly or erratically, get stuck, make strange noises, blow fuses or cause other electrical problems, or damage the window. For clear visibility and safe driving, have it checked out and repaired by a qualified mechanic if you notice any of these signs.

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