Why has one of my windshield wipers stopped working?

The windshield wiper on the passenger side of my windshield isn’t working as it should. It’s becoming a hassle, and we’re supposed to get more rain soon. Why has one of my windshield wipers stopped working?

Payton Ternus · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m sorry to hear about your windshield wipers, they tend to be a bit more fragile compared to other car parts.
The bad news of a faulty windshield wiper is that it puts you at more of a risk for collisions or other mishaps and making a claim on your
car insurance
, which no one wants. The good news is that it’s fairly easy to learn how to diagnose and repair your windshield wipers yourself to save yourself some repair expenses.
Here are the 5 most common causes of windshield wipers to stop working:
  • Torn windshield wipers: Torn rubber edges prevent the wipers from smoothly running over the windshield, and removing water and debris.
  • Faulty motor: The wipers won’t work at all if their internal electrical motor has malfunctioned or burnt out.
  • Burnt out fuse: The windshield wiper fuse will automatically burn out if the wiper motor is overloaded or something is blocking it.
  • Wiper pivot nuts need to be tightened: If the pivot nut is too loose, the wiper arm may stop moving even if the motor still works.
  • Inclement weather conditions: The probability of damaging your windshield wipers during inclement weather, like heavy snow and ice, is higher than you may think.
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