Windshield Wiper Refill Cost Estimate

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How much does it cost to replace a windshield wiper refill?

Windshield wiper (or washer) refills can be purchased for $70 to $90, with lots of high-quality options in the $30 to $40 range. The silicone model is widely considered to be more durable and quieter than the rubber refill, but mechanics’ opinions vary on the topic. 
Labor costs can range from $25 to $40, but the exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a windshield wiper refill? In general, it takes around one hour for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 

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 my windshield wiper refill replacement and how much do those parts cost?

All you need is a new windshield wiper refill to replace your worn-down one. Refill replacements are fairly affordable. Just keep in mind that nine times out of ten, you get what you pay for when it comes to cheap components versus more expensive ones.
Some popular windshield wiper refill brands include Bosch, Trico and Rain-X. You can purchase them from local auto part stores like Autozone and NAPA Auto Parts, Big Box retailers like Walmart, or online from retailers like Amazon and RockAuto.
When it comes to your windshield wiper refill, it’s generally considered a good idea to buy OEM parts. They’ll be far more likely to fit correctly than aftermarket parts.
Windshield wiper refill parts can be purchased at auto body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone. You can also find parts on Amazon, where Trico is a popular brand. Your vehicle’s owner manual will list the specs for replacements, which you can use to find the proper parts.

Where can I get my windshield wiper fluid replaced?

Finding the right place to get your windshield wiper fluid refilled can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a go-to mechanic. Luckily, Jerry's
can help you compare costs from over 2,500 vetted repair shops in the US. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates* from each shop using their real hourly labor rate. With Jerry's GarageGuard™, you can find out if you’ll need to budget for diagnostic fees (and if it’s included in the service cost), and you’ll receive real reviews to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
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Yoo's Auto Service & Collision
189 W Duncannon Ave, Philadelphia, PA
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Tommy's Auto Service
2643 22nd Ave N, Petersburg, FL
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Fuerst Automotive
8116 Broadview Rd, Cleveland, OH
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Ledoux's Auto Service
3924 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR
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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 windshield wiper refill?

Here’s how a mechanic will take care of a windshield wiper blade refill replacement (if you’re doing this yourself at home, you’d generally follow these exact same steps):
  • Lift up the wiper blade from the windshield
  • Unclip the wiper blade from the wiper arm
  • Use pliers to tug the refill out of the blade
  • Slide in the new replacement wiper blade refill
  • Use a razor to cut off the excess silicone or rubber refill from the end of the blade, leaving about 3/8"
  • Reinstall the wiper blade

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

If your wiper refills are failing, they won’t be able to remove debris or water from your windshield. And you can’t drive safely in inclement weather conditions if you’re unable to see through the windshield. This is not a repair you want to procrastinate on getting.

What is a windshield wiper refill?

A modern windshield wiper has three basic components:
  • The wiper arm is the part that attaches to the car itself, propelled by a motor. 
  • The wiper blade is the detachable crescent-shaped metal part that connects to the wiper arm.
  • The wiper refill is the rubber strip connected to the wiper blade that makes contact with the windshield.

When should I replace the windshield wiper refill on my car?

You’ll need a windshield wiper refill replacement if your wipers are showing signs of wear and tear:
  • The wipers are smearing, leaving streaks across the windshield
  • Bits of rubber are dangling and dragging when the wipers are going
  • The wipers aren’t effectively removing water or debris from the windshield

How often should a windshield wiper refill be replaced?

Windscreen wiper refills tend to last around 30,000 to 50,000 miles before they need to be replaced, but wear and tear can sometimes cause them to need servicing before then. 

Can I replace my windshield wiper refill myself?

Replacing your windshield wiper refill for your front or rear wiper blade is generally considered a simple task by mechanics’ standards. The wiper refill is designed to be easily removed from the car windshield wiper blade, so you can replace the rubber or silicone strip while keeping the rest of the blade. 
If you’re not confident in your DIY mechanic abilities, however, it may be best to seek out a professional to do the job.


A number of culprits could be responsible for your wiper refills wearing down:
  • Inferior-quality wiper fluid destroying the rubber
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Dust, dirt, and debris
  • Locate the windshield wiper fluid reservoir in your car. (Tip: it’s usually next to the engine.) 
  • Remove the cap on the reservoir.
  • Pour the windshield fluid into the reservoir, making sure not to overfill the container.
  • Replace the cap on the reservoir.

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John Davis
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Certified mechanic with 10+ years of experience
John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
Prior to joining Jerry’s editorial team, John worked as a mechanic and freelance writer, creating content for clients including HotCars and SetPower.
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Before joining Jerry as a senior content editor in 2021, Jessica created visual content for clients such as Expedia, Vivid Seats, Budget Direct Car Insurance, Angie’s List, and HomeAdvisor. Her content was published in Business Insider, Forbes, Apartment Therapy, and the BBC.
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Kathleen Flear is an expert insurance writer and editor who heads up Jerry’s editorial team as director of content. Kathleen empowers drivers to make smart car ownership decisions through  best-in-class articles on insurance, loans, and maintenance. Prior to joining Jerry in 2021, Kathleen served as managing editor for a team of SEO content marketing professionals at and worked as a freelance writer and editor for a range of digital publications, including Chicago Literati magazine and Golden Words. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Queen’s University, and a master’s degree in creative writing and fiction from Sierra Nevada University.
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