Windshield wipers are designed to operate in different modes, 2 to 4 wiper speeds, and intermittent operation that allow adjusted intervals. Some vehicles are equipped a rear wiper, typically a single wiper that is designed to clean the center of the window. Windshield wipers are operated from an electric motor using a series of connecting arms or linkage.
If the wipers system is not operational check the wiper fuse first. Always replace the fuse with the manufacturer recommended replacement. If the wiper motor is operating but the wiper arms are not moving the linkage connected to the wiper motor has become disconnected. Disassemble to inspect linkage, repair as needed then reassemble and recheck system. Check the windshield wipers at least every six months and replace as necessary.
Do not allow the wipers to become cracked or separated because the metal frame that holds the wipers can damage the windshield. Inspect the windshield washer reservoir fluid level and refill as needed. This fluid or solvent is used to lubricate and clean the windshield while the wipers are in use. Avoid using your windshield wipers to remove ice from your windshield in the winter; this can cause damage to the wipers. To remove ice from the windshield an ice scraper should be used. Anytime wiper blades are not performing properly they should be replaced, visibility as well as safety relies on having wipers that are in good working order. Replacing wiper blades is a quick and easy process; most can be changed by releasing a clip.