Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Rear windshield wiper broken

asked by on

My rear windshield wiper on my Spectra 5 doesn't work. I know the washer fluid works, and I hear a motor noise at times like the wiper is going to start working. But it never does. Do you know what this problem is? How can I fix it?

A: For your 2005 Kia Spectra5, if you can hear...

For your 2005 Kia Spectra5, if you can hear the motor run without proper wiper operation, then you know a couple things. The switch is working, and the fuse and wiring are okay, too. The problem must be in the back where the motor actually attaches to the wiper arm. Something may have come loose. Or the wiper arm or linkage may need to be replaced. A good visual inspection of the wiper system should reveal where the problem exists.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Jeep will not start when hot

With starting conditions it's important to differentiate between a crank no start and a no crank condition. These are two very different conditions with very different causes. A no crank is when the motor doesn't turn. A crank no start...

Q: It will crank but will not turn on. Leaving a smell of gas

Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having spark issues. If the spark is not strong enough to ignite all of the fuel, or does not ignite the fuel at all, the spark plugs may not be...

Q: Noise from engine belts

It kinda sounds like the belt on your 2005 Kia Spectra5 may be too loose and is slipping rather than turning the accessories, such as the power steering pump. You may have the wrong belt installed or not have it...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...