How do I Reset My Windshield Wipers?

Recently it seems like my windshield wipers aren’t working optimally and I’ve been having visibility issues, especially when it’s raining outside. I think they’re out of place. Do you know how to reset windshield wipers?

Katherine Duffy · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
We’re sorry to hear you’re having difficulties with your windshield wipers! To reset your windshield wipers, you’ll need a socket wrench and a flathead screwdriver.
You can reset your windshield wipers in a few easy steps. Here’s how:
  • Take off the plastic covering between your car hood and your windshield. This covering is where your wipers hide and is usually secured with clips. Use your flathead screwdriver to pry the covering from the hood.
  • Remove the center nut from the wiper motor using your socket wrench. This nut connects your wiper arm to the wiper motor. Turn your windshield wipers on and off so that the motor engages in a full wipe cycle and stops at the proper park position while the arms are disconnected.
  • Reposition your wiper blades in the correct position and reattach them to the motor by pushing the arm back into the motor socket and putting the central nut back on. Tighten the nut with your socket wrench.
  • Turn your windshield wipers back on to test how your reattached wipers perform. If they wipe smoothly and return to the proper park position, snap the plastic covering back into place.
  • If your wipers still don’t perform, consider replacing the windshield wiper blades instead.
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