Questions about windscreen/windshield wipers, their motors, linkages and wiring

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Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper ...
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Ford Focus 2012 Continuous Wiper Issue

I run a 2012 Ford Focus Zetec which has been having an issue, I think, when the wipers are set to continuous mode. Occasionally, the wipers will switch to intermittent mode when in continuous mode. ...
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Abnormal wiper speeds and intermittent failure of wipers, 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

I just purchased a used 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi with 108k miles. I "tested" the wipers before purchase and they "Worked". "Worked" mean I turned them on they wiped a few times and I turned them ...
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2003 Mazda Tribute Rear Wiper Fluid

My rear wiper fluid sprayer isn't working. Is there a separate fluid tank for the rear wiper? Is there a separate pump for this that could be broken?
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Frozen windshield wiper fluid on road trip

We are driving in a winter storm and our old wiper fluid is frozen. We picked up some de-icer fluid from a gas station but it has not yet unfrozen the fluid. Any suggestions for an on the road fix? ...
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Windshield scratch prevention

I have a 2011 car and I have noticed that the windshield has notable scratches. There is no indoor air heater, so I have to manually remove the frost from the windshield when starting on a cold ...
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Intermittent instrument panel light & windshield wiper failure

When I drive at night in the rain, sometimes both my instrument panel lights and wipers go out at the same time, seemingly randomly. What would likely cause this? Could it be a problem with the ...
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What is a 20OE Wiper Blade?

I know that A means driver side and B means passenger side. But I saw a product online that said 20OE. What is the OE? Background: I'm looking for replacement wiper blades for a '99 Volkswagen Beetle ...
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Why don't wipers clean the entire windshield

The wiper blade doesn't cover all the way down to the corner. I had my windshield replaced last year and have also tried replacing the wiper blades. Here is a picture of it with rain on the spot ...
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1993 Ford f150 302 v8 5.0 liter

I had a problem with my wipers. The motor was junk, so I replace the motor. I bolted it back on, plugged it back in, and it still doesn't work. I unplugged it and pushed the button for the wipers and ...
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Where is the Wiper Relay/Control Module located on a 1994-1998 Ford Mustang???

I am trying to repair my wipers, there is no voltage in the wires that connects to the wiper motor. I checked the fuses and current is passing through them, so they are ok. I think the Wiper Relay ...
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Can you replace only the rubber in 2008 Jetta (Mk5) wipers?

Is it possible to replace only the rubber part of the windscreen wipers on a 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L? I know that the original wipers are always made in Belgium (those sold in Ontario and in Northern ...
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Wind Shield Wiper not working

I had a new windshield installed a few weeks ago...and now the wiper blade drivers side does not fully rotate to the left side...stops at about the 11:00 position should go to about 10:00 ...
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Wipers come on in the off position

1998 Corvette wipers comes on while in the off position. I changed the motor and the switch. Is there a relay some where? What should I do next?
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Wiper fluid sprayer no longer works on Nissan Sunny 1997. Could it be a blown fuse?

When I try to activate the wiper fluid spray on the front windscreen of my car, the sprayer pump no longer activates (the wipers do though, after a short delay). It's quite a noisy pump, so I'd hear ...
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2006 Pontiac Solstice - Wipers turn on by themselves

Here's a new one: Three times in the past week, the wipers have randomly turned themselves on. Each time turning the switch on and back off has fixed the issue. I haven't seen anything else ...
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How do automatic wipers work and how can they fail?

I recently upgraded to a 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L. One feature on this minivan is what I'm calling "auto wipers": the front wipers automatically engage when the windshield becomes ...
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Looking for a suitable lubricant

I'm rebuilding a Lucas windshield wiper motor. It's pretty old and the manual recommends using Ragosine Listate grease for the gear and connecting rod and Shell Turbo 41 for the bearings. Neither is ...
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Can windshield wiper arms be shortened or lengthened?

I bought new wiper blades for a Honda Civic coupe, not realizing that apparently, the blades are not supposed to be of equal size. Looking at this, however, it looks as though I might be able to ...
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where is the 2003 Wiper Relay on a 2003 honda accord?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord 3.0 Went to turn on wipers ( twice)... they tried to turn on but was frozen to windshield. I freed the wipers and scraped the ice off but then wipers don't even try to come ...
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Windshield washer fluid for sticky bugs

Driving at night and in rural areas I pickup a lot of BIG sticky bugs on the windshield. Even with new wipers on the vehicle I often cannot wash/wipe the bugs off sufficiently while going down the ...
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What wears out windshield wipers?

If you use your windshield wipers when your windshield is mostly dry, are you damaging them at all? My understanding has been that using your wipers on a dry windshield increases the amount of ...
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Windshield wiper only making contact on the ends of the blade

My windshield wiper will NOT clean anything off except for the ends. My wiper arm was cracked at the bottom, so I replaced the entire arm. While I was at it, I replaced the entire wiper. Everything ...
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Clicking of Brakes

My vehicle was recently in a accident involving a raccon (go figure) and did a lot of damage. I already had it checked out and they said it needed alot body work and possible wheel alignment. However ...
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Jaguar S-type (2000) wiper mechanism sometimes very weak

Recently, and not all the time, the wiper arms on my car are so weak that they get stuck on the last wipe of a screen wash 'job'. At first I thought it was friction with the window, but I've since ...
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What is recommended way to fix rear station wagon windshield wiper?

I have a 2005 Ford Focus station wagon. The back windshield wiper slowly had started to cover less and less of the back windshield (up until yesterday it was only wiping the bottom 30% or so, the top ...
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Why don't my wipers clean the windshield very well?

My windshield wipers do not remove all the water from my windshield. In the photos, you can see that there are portions of the windshield that should be cleaned by the wiper, but are not. I’m not ...
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Shorted electrical, lots of things not working

I was installing a boost gauge, and must've shorted something out because now my turn signals, fog lights, ac blower, and wipers don't work. I checked the fuses but they weren't blown. How can I ...
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Remove rubber nut from wiper motor arm?

How do I remove the control arm from the wiper motor? All videos I've seen show the motor removed with the short actuator arm still attached (via the only real nut I can see. Also I'm not sure if that ...
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Rear Windshield Wiper Requirements

As of this morning my rear windshield wipers stopped working. I just bought the car this year and it is still covered by my three year warranty. I called the Mini dealership and they said that they ...
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Removing wipers arms from Megane Hatch 1.6e MK1

I want to remove the wiper arms from a Renault Megane '98 hatch 1.6e engine. So far I tried opening the protection cap and unscrewing the nut from the bolt that the arm is attached to. I expected this ...
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Windshield wipers stop and motor makes noise

I was driving my 2003 Toyota Camry LE today (while it was snowing) and I had my windshield wipers going at full. All of a sudden the windshield wipers stopped in the middle of a wipe and it started ...
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2005 Suzuki Reno S wipers and fluid

I recently filled up my windshield washer fluid and was wondering two things. How do I operate my rear wiper? Is there a separate reservoir for fluid for the washer fluid for the rear windows or ...
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What is this part called?

So in the beginning ONE of my windshield wipers just went absolutely dead (could move it easily with my hands) and I took it to the shop and the guy removed what he called ''arms'' but when I went to ...
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Wiper motor voltage troubleshooting

I am troubleshooting a rear wiper motor problem in a 2003 Ford Focus wagon (LE). When I measure the voltage to the contacts (with the wiper switch on), i get intermittent (~4 s) voltage at 200 mV. ...
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Silicone wiper blades for Honda Civic sedan?

I ordered some PIAA silicone blades for my wife's 2006 Honda Civic. They are nominally the right length, but when I put them on they don't lay flat — they curve up so the end is a few inches off the ...
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Removing Wiper Arm from Chevy Suburban?

I have a Chevrolet Suburban, 1500 model, year 2001. How do I remove the wiper arm of my Chevy after I remove the base cap and nut. The arm is not coming off the base after significant prying with ...
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Wiper blades not moving, electric windows not moving

I have a 89 Mercedes and a few days ago the wiper blades stopped working as well as the windows. They were iced over and I cleaned off the ice and tried again the next day. There is no sound when ...
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Windshield wipers worked intermittently then quit altogether

The wipers on my 2000 Mazda Protege recently quit working. It wasn't an all-of-a-sudden thing, though. Every so often over the last few weeks they would stop for a few seconds, then start again. ...
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Wiper linkage converting from RHD to LHD

What is main diferences beetwen RHD and LHD wiper linkage? Is possible some how convert RHD -> LHD wiper linkage for BMW E46? I have good working LHD wiper linkage motor and full RHD linkage with ...
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Wipers not working on timer

Today it was raining in Manchester so I turned the wiper on the timer setting. You know the one that only occasionally wipes the windshield. HOwever I drove many miles without it moving once. Other ...
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Why do my wipers only operate at high speed?

I have a 2003 Volvo XC90, and the wipers now only work at high-speed, regardless of the stalk setting. The normal order is off - intermittent - low - high; however now they go to high speed for all 3 ...
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Where can I find OEM inserts for Toyota wiper blades?

I'd like to replace the wiper blade inserts on the original Toyota Highlander 2006 Hybrid blades. Not all dealers carry these, I'd like to order them online, but cannot seem to find anyone that ...
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The windshield are blurry, possible because of oils

Today rain caught me and while the wipers swept I noticed the windshield is blurry, so the visibility was reduced. It is perhaps because of oily spots. What solution should I try to remove this ...
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How do I deal with frozen washer fluid?

Now that temperatures are dropping below freezing, I decided to fill my wiper fluid reservoir with winterized fluid. I used almost an entire bottle, so it must have been almost empty, but there was ...
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MA Inspection rejected due to wiper blades. For real?

I took my car to my dealer to get inspected and they tried to pressure me into buying some new wiper blades from them for ~$40. The blades are only 6 months old, and the car is otherwise in great ...
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How do I find wiper refills for my 2008 Nissan Frontier?

I never had any trouble finding wiper blade refills for my 1998 Honda Accord or 2000 Toyota Echo. They were inexpensive because all you bought was the rubber part of the blade. The steel strips to ...