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How much does it cost to replace an intermittent wiper relay?

The average cost for an intermittent wiper relay replacement is $249, with parts costing $146 and labor costs at $104. The exact price will depend on the make and model of your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace an intermittent wiper relay? It will usually take a certified mechanic around 0.9 hours to complete the job. Your mechanic will first determine if a replacement is necessary with a preliminary inspection, then continue with the replacement. 
Here’s an overview of intermittent wiper relay replacement costs for different vehicles:
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
June 16, 2024
Mercedes-Benz C
$173
$76
$96
0.9 Hours
June 14, 2024
Hyundai Elantra
$172
$76
$95
0.9 Hours
June 12, 2024
Subaru Impreza
$198
$76
$121
0.9 Hours
June 11, 2024
GMC Sierra 1500
$181
$76
$104
0.9 Hours
June 5, 2024
Mercury Sable
$191
$76
$115
0.9 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my intermittent wiper relay replacement?

A typical intermittent wiper relay replacement requires minimal parts, including:
  1. Intermittent wiper relay: The intermittent wiper relay allows you to select between different wiper speed settings, and it is the main component of the replacement. A new intermittent wiper relay will cost $20 to $50.
  2. Windshield wiper blades
    : Windshield wipers wipe away liquid and debris from your windshield so you can see clearly. You do not need to replace them with the wiper relay, but it can be a good idea to make sure your wiper system is in its best shape. Wiper blades will typically cost you around $10 to $20.
Some recommended intermittent wiper relay brands include Standard Motor products (SMP), ACDelco and BWD. For windshield wiper blades, Bosch, Rain-X and Michelin are reputable brands. You can purchase these and other brands from auto shops like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts and O'Reilly Auto Parts, or shop online from websites like Amazon and eBay.
When looking for a new intermittent wiper relay, the choice between OEM or aftermarket parts depends on your budget and what you need for your vehicle. OEM parts are guaranteed to fit your vehicle and often come with a warranty, but they are typically more expensive. While aftermarket parts will help you save money, they can be less reliable than their OEM counterparts. 
If you opt for aftermarket parts, just be sure to do your research to find a reliable aftermarket intermittent wiper relay that works with your vehicle and your budget.
Reputable intermittent wiper relay brands include Standard Motor products (SMP), ACDelco and BWD. For windshield wiper blades, Bosch, Rain-X and Michelin are reputable brands.
You can purchase replacement parts for your intermittent wiper relay at the following places: 
  • The manufacturer/dealership: OEM parts only
  • Auto parts shops or auto body retailers (AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts): OEM and aftermarket parts
  • Online retailers (Amazon and eBay): Aftermarket parts

Where can I get my intermittent wiper relay replaced?

With so many certified mechanics around, finding the best automotive repair shop for the job can be tough. Luckily, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can help you compare repair costs from over 2,500 vetted repair shops in the US. 
With Jerry's GarageGuard™, you can see fair price estimates* from each shop, calculated using their real hourly rate, and find out whether or not diagnostic fees are included in the service cost. Jerry's GarageGuard™ will even show you reviews from real customers so you can choose the best service around.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to find the best car repair quotes near you.
164 Reviews
Discount Tire & Service Centers - Fullerton 2
address
2341 E Orangethorpe Ave, Fullerton, CA
Intermittent Wiper Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$313
(Parts - $157, Labor - $156)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$95
109 Reviews
Velasquez Auto Care - Archer
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S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL
Intermittent Wiper Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$274
(Parts - $157, Labor - $117)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$45
161 Reviews
Super Lube Plus
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509 E Omaha St, Rapid City, SD
Intermittent Wiper Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$224
(Parts - $157, Labor - $67)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$0
191 Reviews
Just Tires - Orange
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410 N Tustin St, Orange, CA
Intermittent Wiper Relay Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$318
(Parts - $157, Labor - $161)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$90
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my intermittent wiper relay?

If you take your vehicle to a mechanic to complete your intermittent wiper relay—or you do it yourself—here are the basics steps for a replacement:
  1. Locate the intermittent wiper motor relay: The relay could be located in a number of spots in your vehicle, so your mechanic will likely consult an owner’s manual to locate the relay.
  2. Remove the relay: Your mechanic will remove the relay while the ignition is turned off.
  3. Install the new relay: Your mechanic will then insert the new intermittent wiper switch.
After completing the replacement, your mechanic will turn on the vehicle’s wipers to ensure the relay is functioning correctly.

What happens if I don’t replace my intermittent wiper relay?

If you don’t replace a bad intermittent wiper relay, your windshield washers won’t operate correctly—or operate at all. This could result in a dirty windshield—especially if you live in a colder climate or frequently drive on dirt roads—making it difficult to see out of your vehicle while driving in adverse weather conditions.
You need to see clearly to drive safely, so having a functional intermittent wiper relay is important.

What is an intermittent wiper relay?

The intermittent wiper relay is an electric switch that allows you to select between multiple predetermined wiper speed settings. 
When you activate the windshield wipers and choose your desired speed, the intermittent wiper relay opens a circuit, sending a precise amount of energy to the wiper module. The module then sends that power to the wiper motor, activating your wiper blades to clear your windshield.  

When should I replace the intermittent wiper relay on my car?

You should replace your intermittent wiper relay if the wiper blades are malfunctioning or they stop working completely. 
  • Wiper arms move at only one speed
  • Wiper blades move faster or slower than the speed setting you select
  • Wiper blades fail to work altogether
  • Activating wipers produces a humming noise

How often should an intermittent wiper relay be replaced?

Intermittent wiper relays are meant to live and die with your vehicle, but they can experience wear and tear and require replacement. 
You should watch for warning signs of a faulty intermittent wiper relay to know when a replacement is necessary.

Can I replace my intermittent wiper relay myself?

Replacing an intermittent wiper relay is a relatively simple job that you can complete at home. 
However, if you don't feel confident in your DIY auto repair skills, a professional mechanic can easily perform this service for you.

FAQs

The windshield wiper relay can be located under the hood or in an interior location. Consult your owner’s manual for the exact location.
Common symptoms of a failing wiper replay include:
  • Wiper blades move at only one speed
  • Wiper blades move faster or slower than the speed setting you select
  • Wiper blades fail to work altogether
  • Activating wipers produces a humming noise

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