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How Do Headlight Wipers Work?

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Headlight wiper systems are only seen on a very small portion of vehicles on the road today, which is why most people aren’t aware of how they operate. Their purpose is simply to provide a clean headlight lens for the best view-ability of the road ahead.

How headlight wipers work

Headlight wipers each have a small wiper motor attached to a tiny wiper arm that is mounted directly beside, under, or over the headlight assembly. When the wiper operates, it swipes back and forth over the headlight lens, removing water, dirt and snow. Some headlight wiper systems come equipped with headlight sprayers also which spray washer fluid onto the headlight assembly as the wiper is operating.

The headlight wipers are turned on simply by using your windshield wipers. When the wipers are turned on, the headlight wipers continually operate in the same rhythm as the windshield wipers. If the headlights are equipped with sprayers also, those are controlled by operating the windshield washers.

The headlight wipers are purely a convenience item. If they aren’t operating, your headlights may not shine as brightly, and you will need to get your car washed. If the headlight wipers aren’t working because the windshield wipers aren’t functioning, you’ll need to have the wiper system looked at right away.


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Matthew

32 years of experience
845 reviews
Matthew
32 years of experience
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 - Wipers are not working - Hampton, Virginia
Matt was very knowledgeable and was able to fix the issue with my rear wiper without needing to replace the motor, saving me a few hundred dollars on parts. I appreciate the fact that he is looking out for the consumer.
Pontiac G6 - Wipers are not working - Hampton, Virginia
Thank you Matt, I and my Son are so very Pleased with your service, the Media and the full Service Report Summary and the issue and the resolvement of the issue. I will definitely book with you again for future mechanic issues as my finances allow. Once, Again, You were extremely courteous and personable and that is very important, in addition to your expediency and proficiency in the expedition of your services. Thank You so much. Satisfied Customer, Zuhirah Rasulalah, Hampton, Va (New to VA)

Travis

12 years of experience
426 reviews
Travis
12 years of experience
Chevrolet Malibu - Wipers are not working - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Travis is as honest as they come! He diagnosed my issue and provided me with an extremely reasonable quote. I will make sure to book my next appointment with him.
Dodge Charger - Wipers are not working - Minneapolis, Minnesota
I would like to say one thing about Travis oh, he was polite and courteous very knowledgeable and straightforward! I would recommend him to my family and friends in the future!

John

26 years of experience
630 reviews
John
26 years of experience
Volkswagen Jetta - Wipers are not working - Dickinson, Texas
I'm so grateful to have found a mechanic as helpful and professional as John. I will definitely be booking John for any repairs I need in the future.

Pierre

8 years of experience
117 reviews
Pierre
8 years of experience
Dodge Nitro - Wipers are not working - Hyde Park, Massachusetts
I had originally requested a wiper motor replacement. Pierre examined the vehicle and realized this was not to root cause. He then switched the work order to do a diagnosis instead and took his time to get to the root cause. Patience, expertise and great attitude!

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