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Reasons Your Windshield Wipers are Not Working

Your windshield wipers have an important job. Not only do they keep your view of the road clear when it’s raining, they can come in handy when your windshield is dirty and in need of a quick wash while you’re moving.

However, there are a few things that can go wrong with your windshield wipers and cause them not to work. In this guide by our team at Fred Beans, drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington can learn more about windshield wiper problems and how they can occur!

Why Are Your Windshield Wipers Not Working?

There are a variety of things that can cause your windshield wipers not to work. Here are some of the most common reasons your windshield wipers aren’t working:

  • Your wipers are frozen or “snowed on” to the windshield. Your windshield wipers don’t weight very much so its easy for heavy wet snow to weight them down or cause them to freeze onto the windshield.
  • Your wipers aren’t fastened in properly. If you don’t put your windshield wiper blades on properly, they won’t be able to function.
  • Your wipers have torn blades. Your windshield wiper blades are made of rubber that’s meant to handle water and sometimes ice. Faced with anything solid, these rubber blades can rip easily causing your wipers not to work.
  • Your wiper motor is faulty. There’s an electric motor solely dedicated to powering your windshield wipers. As an electrical appliance, this motor can short out which will cause your wipers to not move at all. The fuse in your motor can also blow which will cause the same outcome.
  • The nuts in your wiper pivot are loose. The windshield wiper system is kept together by nuts that can come loose and cause the wiper arms to come loose.
  • Your windshield washer nozzle is clogged. While this isn’t technically a windshield wiper problem, it directly affects the functionality of your wipers and their ability to clean off a dirty windshield. Without washer fluid, your wipers will just skid across the windshield.

These are just some of the reasons that your windshield wipers could be refusing to work.

Another cause that could seem unrelated at first would be a problem with the vehicle’s battery. As an electrical component, the windshield wiper motor relies on the vehicle’s battery for power. However, it should be fairly obvious if this is the cause because it will affect every other part of your vehicle as well.

Need to Replace Your Windshield Wipers?

As you can see, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong with your windshield wipers. Luckily, the windshield wipers are one of the easiest parts of your vehicle to fix. Some fixes can even be done at home after buying new wiper blades at a trusted parts center.

On the other hand, there are other problems, like with the motor, that will need to be looked at by a professional. At Fred Beans, we have a service center that’s more than happy to replace windshield wipers among many other necessary maintenance and repairs.

Drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington should give us a call today to schedule a service appointment!