Wipers

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Matt Whiting, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Matt Whiting

    Matt Whiting Guest

    Hyundaitech (or anyone else that knows),

    Are refills available from Hyundai for the Sonate wiper blades? I
    noticed that my local Wal-Mart stores no longer carry refiles. You have
    to pay three times as much and buy a complete blade.

    My original wiper blades are about shot after 8 months and I'm wondering
    what my options are.

    Matt
     
    Matt Whiting, Oct 1, 2006
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    cableguy3 Guest

    Matt, have you called your local dealership's parts department?

    That may be your best bet.
     
    cableguy3, Oct 1, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Have you tried the auto parts stores Matt? I don't know what they have for
    refills anymore myself, because I went to winter wiper use years ago, and it
    seems that when I have to replace them it's either during the winter or just
    as winter is approaching so it always seems I'm buying them instead of the
    basic wiper or a refill.
     
    Mike Marlow, Oct 1, 2006
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  4. Matt Whiting

    Matt Whiting Guest

    Not yet as I have a hard time catching them open. They close at 5:00
    and I get done work at 5:00. That is my plan when I get a chance, but I
    was curious what others had done.

    Matt
     
    Matt Whiting, Oct 1, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    I've only checked one, Autozone, and they had only blades as well.
    Maybe the manufacturers don't sell refills alone anymore.

    Matt
     
    Matt Whiting, Oct 1, 2006
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  6. It appears that most don't. IIRC, Trico still does, but you may have to
    buy their complete arms first, then the refills from then on.
     
    Brian Nystrom, Oct 1, 2006
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  7. I replaced mine about 2 months ago at the dealer!
     
    Jose Juan Miqueleno, Oct 1, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    You may have difficulty finding refills that fit the Hyundai blades
    anywhere except the dealer. Most aftermarket blades don't have
    interchangeable refills with the factory blades.

    If you're under 12k miles, you should be able to get a new set of blades
    or refills under warranty. My guess is they'd just give you new blades
    because the inserts can be a PIA to install. Many dealers don't even
    stock the refills.
     
    hyundaitech, Oct 1, 2006
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  9. Matt Whiting

    Matt Whiting Guest

    No kidding? I never thought that a wear item like wipers might be covered.

    Matt
     
    Matt Whiting, Oct 1, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    1 year/12k miles. After that you're on your own.
     
    hyundaitech, Oct 1, 2006
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  11. Matt Whiting

    Matt Whiting Guest

    I appreciate the tip. I'll check with my dealer and see if they will
    honor that.

    Matt
     
    Matt Whiting, Oct 1, 2006
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  12. My dealer told me they would cover ANYTHING for 12 months as Hyundai wants
    to build good will and a good reputation with their customers. Unwritten
    warranty he said.
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Oct 3, 2006
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  13. Matt Whiting

    Matt Whiting Guest

    Actually, according to their web site, it is a written warranty.

    http://www.hyundaiusa.com/global/warranty/warranty.aspx

    You may have to expand the 5 year/60,000 mile section, but right at the
    bottom it mentions wear items and then wipers specifically just as
    hyundaitech said a day or two ago.


    Matt
     
    Matt Whiting, Oct 3, 2006
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  14. Hyundaitech (or anyone else that knows),
    Dealership should be able to get them for you but they are available
    from a lot of auto-parts stores. Not sure who is out in your area but
    try Murrays, AutoZone, AutoPart Plus. I recently replaced my '02
    Sonata wipers with a near pair for around $15.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
     
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Oct 3, 2006
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  15. Are refills available from Hyundai for the Sonate wiper blades? I

    Oops, stike that. I did not get refills but rather the snap-in
    replacements. They're better than wasting time with refills. Trust me.

    - Thee Chicago Wolf
     
    Thee Chicago Wolf, Oct 3, 2006
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  16. Matt Whiting

    Matt Whiting Guest

    I've used refills for 20 years until they recently became all but
    unavailable. It is just wasteful to fill landfills with blades that are
    in great shape other that a thin strip of rubber.

    I thought I could get mine replaced under warranty, but I forgot about
    the 12,000 mile part of the 12/12,000 warranty. My Sonata has more than
    13,000 already...

    Matt
     
    Matt Whiting, Oct 3, 2006
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  17. I had about a 60% success rate with refills. Too often they broke, did not
    fit well, or cause some form of aggravation when installing them. They
    should be easy enough to change and cheaper to buy.

    Neither should the metal frames end up in landfills. Steel is easily
    recycled. Getting it there is the problem. Our town does not accept metal
    for recycling
     
    Edwin Pawlowski, Oct 4, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    Likewise, I live in a location (very rural) where no recycling at all is
    supported. Everything goes into the back of the garbage truck and goes
    directly to a local landfill. That is one reason I prefer to waste as
    little as possible as I know that it likely will not be recycled, at
    lesat in the short term. Maybe some day it will be economical to dig up
    old landfills for the recyclables, but I don't think that day is in the
    near future.


    Matt
     
    Matt Whiting, Oct 4, 2006
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    Darby OGill Guest

    ....didn't know the refills were hard to find, but its almost time for
    winter blades anyway at my local!
     
    Darby OGill, Oct 4, 2006
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