What is a windshield wiper/washer system inspection?

Your windshield should be clean and free of debris. If your wipers or washer system aren’t working, there may be a problem. To locate the cause, a mechanic can inspect each of the components of the windshield wiper and washer system, then help you with any necessary repairs.

How to get a windshield wiper/washer system inspection

First, call a garage and explain the problem as clearly as you can. Describe which actions the vehicle is struggling to perform. Ask for a windshield wiper and washer system inspection.
During an inspection, a mechanic will take a look at the following parts to identify the source of your problem:
  • Wiper blades: Blades must be crisp and clean to effectively clean your windshield. Dirty, cracked, or worn-out blades must be replaced.
  • Wiper arms: If the angle of the wiper arms is incorrect, they will not be able to clean the windshield properly. Bent wiper arms are usually the result of vandalism.
  • Fuses: Fuses provide overcurrent protection. If a fuse is blown, it will cut off electricity and prevent the wiper motor from functioning.
  • Wiper motor: A malfunctioning motor can cause the blades to move slowly or incorrectly. The linkage between the motor and blades must be functional, too.
  • Wiper switch: This switch activates the wipers. If your wipers do not respond to the switch, you may have a defective switch.
  • Washer fluid: An empty fluid reservoir could be the culprit if no washer fluid is coming out. Frozen fluid may also be the source of the problem.
  • Washer pump: This part is an electric pump that sends fluid up from the reservoir to the nozzles. If it is broken, you won’t be able to use the wiper fluid to clean your windshield.
  • Washer tubes and bottle: The reservoir must maintain proper pressure and be free of cracks and dirt. If a nozzle, tube, or the reservoir itself gets damaged, you could experience problems.

How do I know if I need to get a windshield wiper/washer system inspection?

If your windshield wipers are not functioning properly, you may need an inspection. Streaks and grime are a clear sign that there’s a problem. Squeaking can also indicate a problem.
If your wipers are not responding at all to your wiper switch, you definitely need an inspection.

How important is a windshield wiper/washer system inspection?

It’s very important to get this problem assessed by a trained mechanic as soon as possible. How can you drive safely if you cannot see through the windshield? This problem could easily become deadly if you get caught in a rainstorm on the freeway without functional wipers.
At the first sign of misbehaving wipers, book an appointment.

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