Troubleshooting Windshield Wipers
Fixing broken wipers. (Photo Credits)
When wipers do not work in the middle of a rainy day, one can be sure that the driver will be in for a stressful drive.
It is then very important that a driver have a know-how on troubleshooting non-functioning wiper blades, especially in the middle of a heavy rains.
The website Your Mechanic tried to explain reasons why wipers malfunction. One of the reasons they cited is a burnt out fuse.
“When the windshield wiper motor is overloaded, the associated fuse burns out. The fuse is designed to be a weak spot in the windshield wiper circuit. That way, if the motor is overloaded for any reason, the fuse will burn out first, instead of the more expensive wiper motor. If the wiper motor fuse burns out, check for any obstructions that may cause the motor to be overloaded. Heavy snow on the wiper blades or a wiper blade or arm caught on something or snagged together can cause the fuse to blow. Clear the obstruction and replace the fuse.”
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Comprehensive Guide on Non-Working Wipers
Tips.net also came up with a very comprehensive guide on fixing broken wipers, depending on what may have caused its malfunctioning.
“If you tried to turn on your windshield wipers and neither one of them came on, then it is possible you’ve blown a fuse. Take a look in your vehicle’s fuse box and see if you can locate the fuse that controls the wipers. Replace it with a fuse of the same rating and see if your wipers start working again. If your wipers still don’t work (neither one of them moves), then it is possible that some control circuit or the wiper motor itself needs replacing. Check with your local auto repair shop to see if they can test and repair the wipers.”
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The website Art of Manliness also came up with more solutions to problematic windshield wipers.
“Boy, is this annoying. Water beads are actually supposed to be easy to wipe away. In fact, many of the windshield treatments that help keep your windshield clear cause water to bead and run off. But in certain conditions, beads won’t wipe or run off your windshield. Instead they’ll remain stuck dancing hypnotically on the glass, obscuring your vision. This problem usually occurs in areas with high pollution. The residue and grime that builds up on your windshield causes water beads to stick. Before you treat your windshield with a product that repels water, give it a thorough cleaning to remove any residue that may have built up.”
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Regular cleaning of windshield wipers is important in ensuring their good working condition.