Your wipers are an important part of your vehicle, as it is essential to keep your windshield clear in order to have a safe driving experience. Not having a clear view of the road ahead of you makes it more difficult for you to avoid an accident, an object lying on the road or defects on the road surface such as a pothole.
For your windshields to be clear, it is essential that your wipers operate smoothly and properly. There are times when you may feel like your wipers are not operating as they should or they stop to work altogether. A number of reasons may be responsible if your wipers ate not working. Here are five reasons and how to solve the problems.
The Wiper Motor Needs Replacement
The windshield wiper motor is an electrical motor and has an intricate electrical component which may short out or quit unexpectedly and require replacement. If this happens, your windshield wipers will not work at all and you won’t be able to clear any water or dirt that nature may bring to your windshield. Replace the windshield wiper motor right as soon as possible.
Torn Wiper Blades
The condition of your wiper blades determines how well your windshield wipers work. If the rubber edges on your wiper blades are torn, the wiper will not make proper contact with the windshield to help clear moisture and debris from your windshield.
The small torn edges left by the missing rubber can actually trap additional dirt that may scratch or gouge your windshield glass. It is best to replace torn wiper blades immediately to improve your visibility.
Your Wiper Pivot Nuts Are Loose
The arms of the wiper are connected to the wiper transmission by a nut on a pivot. The pivots are usually splined with a stud protruding. The wiper arms are splined as well and have a hole through the base. A nut tightens onto the pivot stud to help hold the wiper arm tightly to the pivot. A common problem is when the nut is a little loose, causing the wiper motor to turn the pivot but the wiper arm failing to move.
There’s a chance that you will see it slightly move when the wiper direction changes but not enough to wipe the entire windshield. You may also likely notice only one wiper working while the other stays at the bottom. If you have this issue, ensure that the wiper pivot nuts are tight. If not, get a professional mechanic to check it out.
The Windshield Wiper Fuse Has Burnt Out
An overload of the windshield wiper motor will cause the fuse associated to it to burn out. The fuse is designed in such a way that it is the weak spot in the windshield wiper circuit. The reason for this is that it allows the fuse to burn out first if the motor is overloaded, to help reduce the cost associated with replacing the more expensive motor.
If you find your wiper motor fuse burning out, be sure to check for any obstructions that may have caused the motor to be overloaded. Heavy debris on the wiper blades or a wiper blade or arm that is obstructed by something or snagged together can cause the fuse to blow. Clear the obstruction and replace the fuse. If it still doesn’t work, then you can have a professional check it out.