Why won’t my windshield wipers work?

I got caught in a rainstorm yesterday and my wipers just wouldn’t turn on. It was so scary—I could barely see the road! Why won’t my windshield wipers work?

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Answer provided by
Bonnie Stinson
Answered on Jul 26, 2022
That does sound scary! Your windshield wipers won’t work because of a broken fuse, faulty wiper motor, wiper arm mechanical issue, or a control switch problem.
It can be tricky to diagnose problems with windshield wipers just by looking. Your best bet is to bring your vehicle to a mechanic and ask for a windshield wiper inspection.
Hopefully, it’s as simple (and cheap) as replacing a single fuse. However, if there’s a problem with the control switch or the wiper arm, then you can expect to pay closer to $100 for repairs.
Unexpected situations are why car insurance exists! While most policies won’t cover wear-and-tear issues like wiper problems, it’s a good idea to review your coverage periodically. It’s easy to add roadside assistance, for instance. Use the Jerry app to review your coverage now.

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