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Toyota Highlander Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide
How to change the rear windshield window wiper blade on a 2nd generation 2008 to 2013 Toyota Highlander SUV.

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2013 Highlander Rear Wiper
Plastic Cover On Base
Pull Off Plastic Cap
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Toyota Highlander in changing the rear windshield window wiper blade.

Owners of other Toyota or Scion SUV, minivan, or hatchback vehicles such as the Yaris, Prius, RAV4, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, 4Runner, Sequoia, xB, xD and iQ may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement rear window wiper blade for the 08-13 Highlander is 12" (inches) in size.

Some compatible replacement blades with their part numbers include the following: Trico 12-A, Rain-X R12A, Bosch H307, Anco AR-12A, Valeo R-12E and Michelin 9512.

No tools are needed to change the rear wiper blade.

Swing Open Hinged Cover
Lift Wiper Arm Off Window
Rotate Blade Away At Angle
The first step is to gently pull open the hinged plastic cover at the base of the rear wiper arm.

The cover opens from the right side ("C" shaped edge) and swings open to the left side of the vehicle.

Then lift the wiper arm off the rear window until it stays in the raised position by itself.

Rotate the old wiper blade away from the arm at a slight angle.

Firmly Grasp Old Blade
Pop Bar Out of Socket
Old Blade Disconnected
Firmly grasp the old wiper blade and continue rotating it away from the wiper arm while pulling to the right until it can be removed.

Once the old wiper blade has been disconnected, you'll see the plastic mounting bar in the center of the blade and the "C" shaped socket at the end of the wiper arm.

I recommend buying the Trico 12-A rear wiper blade since it has great reviews on Amazon.


"C" Socket On Arm
Mounting Bar On Blade
Line Up Bar & "C" Socket
Line up the mounting bar in the center of the new wiper blade with the "C" shaped socket at the end of the wiper arm.
Insert Bar In To Socket
Firmly Snap Together
Rotate Blade Parallel To Arm
While holding the new blade at an almost perpendicular angle to the wiper arm, firmly push the mounting bar in to the socket.

Rotate the new wiper blade until it is parallel with the wiper arm.

Lower Blade To Window
Close Plastic Base Cover
Rear Wiper Blade Replaced
Lower the wiper arm to the rear window.

Swing the hinged plastic cover over the mounting bolt on the base of the wiper arm and gently snap it closed.

For the best wiper performance, I'd recommend thoroughly cleaning the rear windshield and applying a window treatment product such as Rain-X.

For more, check out my other Toyota Highlander DIY Repair Guides.

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