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How much does it cost to replace a windshield wiper motor?

The repair cost to replace a windshield wiper motor replacement is generally around $320 to $400, with parts totaling anywhere from $240 to $300 and labor costs of $80 to $100.
Prices will vary based on the make, model, and year of your car. 
How long does it take to replace a windshield wiper motor? This repair takes an average of one hour for a mechanic to complete. 
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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 windshield wiper motor replacement?

You’ll need a new windshield wiper motor part to replace your failing one. Typically, this part costs between $320 to $400, depending on your vehicle, before factoring in the repair cost. 
Some popular windshield wiper motor brands include ACDelco, Cardone Industries, and Dorman. You can purchase them from local auto parts stores like AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts, or from online retailers such as Amazon or Summit Racing.
If you buy an OEM windshield wiper motor part, you’re more likely to get the correct size for your vehicle.
But OEM wiper motors tend to cost significantly more than aftermarket ones. If affordability is your priority and you want to save money, then you may want to aim for aftermarket parts; and if fitment is most important to you, choose an OEM motor replacement.
There are many popular windshield wiper motor brands, like ACDelco, Cardone Industries or Dorman. Windshield wiper motor replacement kits and parts can be purchased at auto body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts. You can also find kits from online retailers such as Amazon or Summit Racing. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will list the specs for replacements, which you can use to find the proper parts.

Where can I get my windshield wiper motor replaced?

Finding the right place to get your windshield wiper motor replaced can be tricky, especially if you don’t have a go-to mechanic. Luckily, Jerry's
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can help you compare costs from over 2,500 vetted repair shops in the US. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates* from each shop using their real hourly labor rate. With Jerry's GarageGuard™, you can find out if you’ll need to budget for diagnostic fees (and if it’s included in the service cost), and you’ll receive real reviews to help you choose the best service.
Check out some of our vetted shops below and download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
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Lake Anne Service Center
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11410 North Shore Dr, Great Falls, VA
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$135
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Uptown Automotive
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1089 San Mateo Ave, San Francisco, CA
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(Included in service charges)
$200
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AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care - Staten Island
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635 Richmond Rd, Jersey City, NJ
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$69.95
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Just Tires - Laguna Hills Mall
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24099 Laguna Hills Mall Ste, Mission Viejo, CA
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$0
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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 windshield wiper motor? 

Here are the steps your mechanic will typically take to replace a windshield wiper motor:
  • Remove the cowl and any other covers from the transmission assembly and wiper motor
  • Remove the plug harness to the wiper motor, then remove the wiper transmission arm from the motor
  • Remove the bolts mounting the transmission assembly and motor to the car’s body, then remove the motor
  • Install a new wiper motor, which can usually be inserted in only one way, then bolt it back onto the car body
  • Turn the motor on and off several times to establish the wiper park position, and reattach the transmission assembly to the wiper motor
  • Replace all the covers and cowling, and test the new wiper motor’s operation on wet glass
All of the linkage sites need to be lubricated when a wiper motor is replaced, and the new wiper motor should be tested on wetted glass only to prevent any scratches.

What happens if I don’t replace my windshield wiper motor? 

Your car will still function if your wiper motor isn’t working. But if you encounter any kind of precipitation, the motor won’t provide power to the windshield wiper arms, and you’ll have a hard time seeing out your windshield. This could lead to dangerous automotive collisions and fatalities. 
So, even if you aren’t expecting inclement weather conditions, it’s best to visit the auto repair shop before going out to drive with a faulty wiper motor.

What is a windshield wiper motor? 

The windshield wiper motor is a small, electric motor with a shaft that connects to the transmission assembly. The transmission assembly converts the rotating movement of the shaft into a back-and-forth or linear movement for the windshield wipers. 
Some hatchbacks, station wagons, SUVs, and vans have another wiper on their tailgate, in addition to the wipers on the front windshield, to keep the rear window clear.

What are the symptoms of a bad windshield wiper motor? 

If your windshield wipers make grinding or clunking sounds, operate slowly or erratically, won’t park in the down position, or the windshield wiper blades stop working altogether, it’s probably time to replace the windshield wiper motor.

How often should a windshield wiper motor be replaced? 

Windshield wiper motors are designed to last the lifetime of your vehicle. Wear and tear can shorten that lifetime, however, and some experts recommend getting your windshield wiper motor replaced every ten years or so.

Can I replace my windshield wiper motor myself? 

The general consensus is that replacing your windshield wiper motor isn’t particularly difficult, and can be done using basic tools. But if you have little experience with DIY car repairs, you may want to leave the job up to the professionals. 

FAQs

Flawed or fraying wiring, faulty connectors, problems with the wiper linkage, or a blown fuse could all be to blame for a bad wiper motor. An incorrectly installed motor switch may also result in a failing windshield wiper motor.
The wiper motor can usually be found in the engine compartment or beneath the windshield cowl.

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Certified mechanic with 10+ years of experience
John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
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