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WARNING! Would not lock into place correctly on 2015 Hyundai Sonata original blade assemblies ! ! !
on July 26, 2017
RE: Trico 47-800 8mm Break to Fit Narrow Refill - 17" to 26" (Sold as Pair) The way these blade refills attempt to lock into the bottom claw is not a guaranteed fit. This product came up when I entered my Year, Make and Model car (2015 Hyundai Sonata), so I figured they should work. Their width was correct for my OE blade assemblies (8 mm), no problem there.... each claw fit as it should around the rubber and metal strip.... THE PROBLEM was the way these refills are supposed to lock into the bottom claw. They are not at all like the OE part. The original rubber blade has a indentation at the base where the claw plugs into. BUT THESE REFILLS ARE NOT LIKE THAT. The Trico rubber is the same on both ends, i guess so they don't have to spend money on production and materials. Their rubber is just one long strip -- the same from one end to the other. So the way Trico tries to lock the rubber into the claw is with a modification they have engineered into the metal strips that come with the blade. SO IF YOU'RE THINKING YOU'LL REUSE YOUR METAL STRIPS FORGET IT.... your refill won't lock in without using the Trico strips. AND THAT's THE PROBLEM -- they don't work well. Each Trico metal strip is die cut at one end with a set of metal spines angled outward, which are supposed to grab the outside of the bottom claw fore-and-aft. But, but, but... it doesn't work well, at least not on my car. The spacing on the spines was not wide enough for the claw to sit between them, leaving one of the spines jammed on the inside of the claw. This caused the base of the refill to twist in the claw, and not sit level. To make matters worse, I thought I was ordering them SHIPPED & SOLD by Amazon, but it turns out I ordered them from AutoPartsKart (a storefront retailer)... so when I went to return the parts - OMG - they wanted me to pay for shipping. Well, that is almost the cost of the product. So live and learn friends. Just because a listing pops up and says it fits your automobile, it MIGHT NOT! And avoid ordering from anyone that doesn't guarantee postage on the return if the part doesn't fit as described. This is twice now I've run into a storefront where a part arrives that doesn't fit as described. Hey, but local auto parts stores can have the same problem with incorrect specs; but at least it only costs me a few cents gas to return an item locally. I guess the Trico's from AutoPartsKart will go into the landfill . What a waste. For the record I also ordered the PIAA 94065 Silicone Wiper Blade Refill, 26" (Pack of 1) and they fit just like the originals, where the bottom claw plugs into a molded indentation in the rubber itself. I ordered two of the 26", reused my strip for the short blade and cut the length of the rubber to fit. The PIAA's fit my Hyundai well. It sort of makes sense that the Japaense PIAA's might fit a Korean car. Finding refills for Hyundai OE blades is difficult. Even the car dealers here sell aftermarket full-blade assemblies and they don't sell refills. But the original blades work better. If you're looking for a refill to fit a 2015 Hyundai Sonata... the Trico's ARE NOT A GOOD CHOICE. Maybe Trico has some specifically designed for my car, but I haven't encountered them. I will be writing a review for the PIAA's after I've used them for a while. Thanks for reading.