Exception in rendering!

Message: window is not defined

ReferenceError: window is not defined
    at new c (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:136:3912)
    at m.mountComponent (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:47:15602)
    at /tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:49:31860
    at a.r.perform (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:47:12503)
    at Object.a [as renderToString] (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:49:31821)
    at r (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:50:21164)
    at Object.S.ReactOnRails.serverRenderReactComponent (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:32:6073)
    at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:173:8), <anonymous>:10:23)
    at eval (eval at <anonymous> (/tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:173:8), <anonymous>:17:3)
    at /tmp/execjs20161208-55793-n9x7ixjs:173:8

Q: Why Should I Lift My Wipers Before a Snowstorm?

asked by on

Why should I lift my wipers before a snowstorm?

A: It is recommended to lift your wipers befor...

It is recommended to lift your wipers before a snowstorm or when the chance for ice to form on the windshield is evident as this can cause the wipers to freeze in place. A wiper arm or blade can freeze to the windshield quickly which can cause the wiper arm to break or bend when the system is activated again.

If the temperature is close to or below zero and the windshield is wet when you turn the car off, but the windshield had been warmed by the defroster beforehand, then once the glass cools to the outside ambient temperature, the water could freeze and now the rubber blades will be stuck to your windshield.

Heavy snow can overload the wipers or arms and can even cause possible damage to the entire wiper system, especially when the snow is wet which increases its weight. Under these conditions, it is possible for the linkage to break when turning on the motor.

Another concern is if you had the wipers on when you parked your vehicle before or during the storm and then the wipers freeze in place. Now you return to start your vehicle only to find that the wipers are still on and now the motor is straining to move the arms which are stuck in place. If you are lucky, the arms may break free or just tear the rubber insert or damage the blade. In severe cases the arms, linkage, or motor can be damaged making your wiper system totally disabled which can lead to an expensive repair. On top of this, you could be stuck where you are since you cannot clear the windshield while driving any longer.

To minimize damage, you should turn off the wipers when stopping the vehicle, and when you suspect foul weather, lift the arms away from the windshield. This will not cause any damage to the arms or blades and will actually make clearing the windshield easier when scraping off the snow or ice.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Windshield wipers keep going

The windshield wiper motor has a parking circuit that will cause the motor to park home, and the wiper blades to shut off, when you turn off the wipers at the switch. If a problem is encountered where the wiper...

Q: My snowmobile ran once and has not started since.

You need to have the engine compression tested to see if it has lost compression. If you have low compression, then you may need to replace the piston and rings. Try spraying some starting fluid into the engine to see...

Q: Windshield wipers are not working

Hi and thanks for your question. It is notorious for the wiper blade arms to strip out on the wiper motor drive rod. Check to see if the motor is turning the drive rod. If the drive rod is moving,...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.