Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

3 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Windshield Wipers

windshield wipers

The windshield wiper is attached to the hood of your vehicle, and keeps the windshield clean from rain, snow, and other debris that collect on the windshield. The arm of the windshield wiper is connected to an electronic motor, which powers the wiper itself. The blade is the part of the wiper that cleans the windshield, and is normally made of a strong rubber material.

Common Windshield Wiper Problems

Sometimes windshield wipers will smear water in all directions. This indicates you may have worn blades, a dirty wiper blade, or bad windshield wiper fluid. Another problem is water only smearing in one direction. This can indicate your wipers are hard, old, or the wrong size. If you have water beads that will not wipe away, this can indicated your windshield has grime and residue built up on it. If your wipers are making a noise while they are working and streak marks are showing up on the window, this can indicate a bent wiper arm. A mechanic can look at your vehicle and determine the correct cause of the problem. If need be, they can replace the windshield wiper blade at this time.

Different Types of Windshield Wipers

Traditional frame-style wipers are the most common and come standard on most vehicles. These use a metal framework and a strip of rubber to wipe the debris off the windshield. Winter wiper blades have a traditional blade in a rubber shell. The shell keeps the wiper snow-free and ice-free, so it works faster during bad weather. Premium wipers come in many different brands, conform to the windshield, and have double-rubber technology.

How to Choose Windshield Wipers

The owner’s manual that came with your vehicle has specifications when it comes to your windshield wipers. Check out these requirements to determine the size of the windshield wipers you need to purchase. When replacing your blades, it is important to replace both at the same time to keep the quality consistent.

Windshield wipers are an important safety feature of your vehicle. Without them, snow and rain can impair your sight while driving. If your windshield wipers are not working properly, call YourMechanic to have them inspected. If you have questions about your wipers, the professionals at YourMechanic can answer them, along with helping you choose windshield wipers that are right for your vehicle.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0121 OBD-II Trouble Code: TPS "A" Circuit Range Performance Problem
P0121 code definition Throttle Pedal Position Sensor/Switch (TPS) A Circuit Range Performance Problem What the P0121 code means P0121 is a generic OBD-II code which indicates that the Engine Control...
P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance Related Trouble Codes: P2158: Vehicle Speed Sensor B P2160: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Circuit Low P2161:...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...


Related questions

Q: My wiper is electrically stuck on the lowest setting.

The windshield wiper switch is the most common cause for the wipers to stay on low intermittent wipe. The manufacturer has a technical bulletin stating the switch is the cause. The bulletin number is 15-0061 dated 4/27/2015. It is recommended...

Q: During rain, dashboard lights & radio fade out - 1999 BMW 332is

Probably one or more electrical connections are getting wet when it rains. The wheel speed sensor for example is at wheel level (inside the wheel arch), and catches all sort of road spray. Once you find the problem connectors, spray...

Q: If Im planning to go to the snow what are some key things I should do to my car?

Hi there. Before going on the trip, the car should have snow tires or chains to eliminate any possibilities of your car sliding. Also, the vehicle should have fluids specialized for the cold temperatures that will be encountered. If any...