Pretty sure you can replace just the rubber inserts...
FWIW, over the many years, I have noted that replacing only the rubber insert frequently (but not always) is unsatisfactory. Apparently the metal carrier wears at the flip-flop pivot and the blade then fails to perform that task, leaving me with poor visibility in the rain. My personal safety is more important than a few dollars every six months.
Buy from Walmart if you want to save money. They have a pretty good selection across the price/quality spectrum.
Amazing that you have had the need to six (and on and on) wiper blades on your 2017 Pacifica.I have replaced the rubber inserts in these specific wiper arms many, many times and have never experienced any issues.
"The metal carrier wears at the flip-flop pivot", I"m not sure what you're talking about.
There is no "flip flop pivot", these are simple J lock wiper blades, all the wiper arm is is a metal frame, that metal frame doesn't wear out, not does it "flip flop" or "pivot"
The bottom line is these wiper blades are really excellent. I've tried them all, PIAA, BOSCH, Michelin, Trico, Valeo, Rain-X on and on and every time I come back to these blades that come OEM on the Pacifica.
You miss what I said earlier on. These wiper blades are not made by Chrysler, they are a third party manufacturer. They are the exact same wiper blades that I had on my 2010 Lexus ES350, 2013 Lexus GS350, 2015 Lexus LS460 and 2017 Lexus LS460L as well as my 2015 Kia Sedona. So, while I've only replaced the blades on the Pacifica once I have replaced them on those other cars many times. The blade arms and the blades themselves are identical with all the same markings, etc.Amazing that you have had the need to six (and on and on) wiper blades on your 2017 Pacifica.
Anyway, you're right. These newer blade holders are tighter than they used to be. The looseness was designed in to allow the blade to change direction on each sweep.
"And they look uber cool, because as a minivan owner, that's important to me."I'll throw some fuel on the fire here, I just went ahead and replaced ours with a fancy Michelin beam type wiper from Walmart. They work great so far! And they look uber cool, because as a minivan owner, that's important to me. They work great even at very high speeds.
+1...no blades work as well as those OEM blades....
...blades have two metal strips that slide out of the old insert and into the new insert to give it the rigidity to go back into the arm.
Found the same thing with the Ody. Ordered the inserts for $5 and they came mailed all curled up and floppy in a small envelope. The 2 metal ribs are the key. No problems before. This will be the problem now though to find which ones fit with the proper end notches and rib slots.I have replaced the rubber inserts in these specific wiper arms many, many times and have never experienced any issues.
Went with the Michelin beam type ones and had the same problem.You'll find that they won't last the way the OEM ones do, start skipping, etc.
They are totally identical. I've swapped the refills many times.Bump. One user claimed that the wiper blades were identical to the ones on their Lexus, but never heard back about a refill swap result. Anybody have any options for a ** REFILL? **