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Toyota RAV4 Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide
How to replace the rear windshield wiper blade on a 3rd generation 2006 to 2012 Toyota RAV4 with picture illustrated steps.

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RAV4 Rear Window Wiper
Black Plastic Cap At Base
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) Toyota RAV4 in replacing the rear window wiper blade.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion SUV, hatchback, minivan or crossover vehicles such as the Matrix, Prius, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, GX 460, RX 350, LX 570, iQ, xB, and xD may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few replacement 12" rear windshield wiper blades include the following with their part numbers: Trico 12-A, Valeo R12E, Michelin 9512, Rain-X R12A, Bosch H307 and the OEM Toyota # 85242-42030.

No tools are needed to replace the rear windshield wiper blade on a '06-'12 RAV4.

Flip Open Black Plastic Cover
Pull Wiper Arm Off Window
The first step is to swing open the black plastic hinged end cap at the base of the wiper arm. It is hinged on the right and swings open from the left side towards the spare tire.

Then pull the wiper arm away from the window.

Turn Blade Perpendicular
Pop Bar Out Of Notch
Turn the wiper blade perpendicular to the wiper arm assembly.

Gently pop the mounting bar in the center of the wiper blade out of the notch in the wiper arm.


Wiper Blade Detached
12" Rear Wiper Blade
Once the old wiper blade is removed, do not allow the wiper arm to smack against the glass.

It could possibly crack or scratch the rear windshield.

I recommend buying the genuine OEM Toyota # 85242-42030 rear wiper blade since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.

Line Up Bar & Notch
Snap Blade On To Wiper Arm
Hold the new wiper blade perpendicular to the wiper arm with the rubber blade facing towards you.

Line up the mounting bar in the middle of the new 12" rear wiper blade with the "mouth" on the end of the wiper arm.

Gently pop the mounting bar on the wiper blade in to the notch on the wiper arm.

Turn Blade Parallel With Arm
Lower Blade To Window
Rotate the new wiper blade until it is parallel with the wiper arm.

Lower the wiper blade down on to the rear window.

Snap Arm End Cap On
Wiper Blade Replaced
Rotate the black plastic cover at the base of the wiper arm closed to the left and snap it in to place.

For the best wiper performance, I recommend thoroughly cleaning off the back window and applying a glass treatment product that will repel water such as Rain-X.

For more, check out my other Toyota RAV4 Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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