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What does a windscreen wiper motor do?

The windscreen wiper motor powers the wiper arm(s) to make them move across the glass to clear the water and debris from it using the wiper blades.

The connection to the arms(s) is either direct or via a windscreen wiper linkage.

How does the windscreen wiper motor work and what are the components?

The wiper motor is a powerful but small electric motor that is switched on by the driver either using the column mounted wiper stalk or by a separate switch. Some vehicles are equipped with rain sensing devices that will switch the motor on automatically for the driver.

Power is fed to the wiper motor through a fuse and a relay and depending on the switch position can produce intermittent wipes, standard speed wipes or fast wipes depending on the requirements of the conditions.

How do you know when there is something wrong with your windscreen wiper motor?

Usually the windscreen wiper will completely stop working, in other words it will not work on any speed. If you switch the wipers to the on position and cannot hear any sound from the area close to the screen, it's pretty much going to be a fault with the motor or at least the fuse that covers it.

Some makes, such as Peugeot/Citroen have common faults with the column switches as well, which can have the same outcome, but the mechanic will be able to tell fairly quickly if this is the case.

Another indication of a failing windscreen wiper motor is then the wipers themselves either move jerkily or slowly across the screen.

When should you consider replacing the windscreen wiper motor?

As the windscreen wiper is a vital piece of the vehicle's safety equipment and a legal requirement (for the front screen) then as soon as any issue arises. Do not be tempted to chance driving with a faulty windscreen wiper component, even if it is a dry sunny day, as conditions can change and other influences such as the car in front going through a puddle, can cause you a problem.

How common is a windscreen wiper motor replacement?

As the motor is frequently used, wear and tear will eventually cause it to malfunction, the same as any other electric motor. Therefore, it is not uncommon for a motor to be replaced once or more during a vehicle lifetime depending on conditions.

How can I extend the life of my windscreen wiper motor?

Obviously there is little you can do about wear and tear over the years, even with the following advice.

  • Don’t switch on the wiper system when the blades are frozen to the windscreen. This causes undue stress on the motor and can lead to it burning out
  • Similarly if the the vehicle hasn’t been used for a while, lifting off the wiper blades from the screen will unstick them and cause less stress on the motor when you first use it
  • Always switch off the windscreen wipers before switching the engine off and leaving the car. This will ensure that they do not come on automatically the next time you start the engine (preventing the above scenarios) but also allows the wiper arms to be “parked” and not left at an unusual angle with which to start from. Again, this reduces the stress on the motor.
  • Regular basic maintenance, such as lubricating the wiper motor linkage and replacing worn wiper blades all help with longevity of the motor.

What happens during a windscreen wiper motor replacement?

  • The mechanic will inspect the windscreen wiper system.
  • The mechanic will carry out checks to determine the exact fault in the electrical system.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the windscreen wiper motor.
  • The mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • The mechanic will test the windscreen's wiper system to ensure it works correctly. If necessary, the mechanic will make adjustments.

How much does a windscreen wiper motor replacement cost?

The cost of a windscreen wiper motor replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your windscreen wiper motor replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

What does a Windscreen Wiper Switch do?

The windscreen wiper / washer system enables you to clean your windscreen while driving. The wiper blades move over the windscreen's surface to clean it of dirt and debris. Normally the wiper blades are powered by an electric motor underneath the windscreen and is controlled by a windscreen wiper switch. Which, in the shape of a control stalk, is fitted to the steering column. The stalk will have a variety of different speed options, on top of that it also controls washer system.

How do you know there is something wrong with the Windscreen Wiper Switch?

  • When the wipers do not move.
  • When the wipers do not turn on or off.
  • When you cannot select different speeds.

When should you consider a Windscreen Wiper Switch replacement?

At some point a windscreen wiper switch can fail. If the wipers do not move or a washer does not work it is not necessarily the wiper switch that is faulty. It can be that the system has blown a fuse or electrical connectors have corroded or have come loose.

Equally, it might be that the motor powering the wipers or the washer fluid pump has failed. At an inspection the mechanic will establish, step by step, what the exact fault in the electrical system is before replacing any parts.

Should you experience problems with a windscreen wiper system then it is advisable that you have it inspected as soon as possible. If necessary, have the wiper switch replaced. Always remember to service the windscreen wiper switch as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer.

What happens during a Windscreen Wiper Switch replacement?

  • The mechanic will inspect the windscreen wiper system.
  • The mechanic will test the components of the electrical system of the windscreen wipers to determine the exact fault in the electrical system.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the windscreen wiper switch.
  • The mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • The mechanic will test the windscreen's wiper and washer system to ensure it works correctly.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will make adjustments.

How much does a Windscreen Wiper Switch Replacement cost?

The cost of a windscreen wiper switch replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your windscreen wiper switch replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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These estimates may include Windscreen washer pipework, Windscreen wiper blades (front - all), Wiper blade (rear), Wiper arm, Wash/wipe switch, Rear screen wiper motor, Washer jet, Wiper arm, Washer reservoir, Washer jet, Rear wiper arm, Windscreen wiper motor and/or Front washer motor

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Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £72.28 - £113.61

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Audi

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BMW

Parts costs: £67.19 - £188.39

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£158

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Cadillac

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £99.70 - £217.96

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £83.38 - £128.10

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Citroen

Parts costs: £97.24 - £241.24

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Dacia

Parts costs: £115.27 - £174.64

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Daewoo

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Parts costs: £85.10 - £102.12

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Dodge

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Fiat

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Ford

Parts costs: £101.73 - £226.76

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Honda

Parts costs: £71.04 - £157.35

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Hyundai

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £123.23 - £196.71

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Jeep

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Kia

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £98.50 - £187.30

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LDV

Parts costs: £145.34 - £205.81

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Lexus

Parts costs: £90.04 - £123.50

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Mazda

Parts costs: £78.12 - £136.44

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £82.16 - £280.82

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MG

Parts costs: £105.28 - £127.48

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MINI

Parts costs: £87.69 - £195.15

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Parts costs: £39.36 - £77.13

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Nissan

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £74.54 - £173.00

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Porsche

Parts costs: £203.56 - £353.94

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Renault

Parts costs: £165.77 - £300.61

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Rover

Parts costs: £132.72 - £159.26

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Saab

Parts costs: £159.17 - £241.46

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# of quotes: 125

£219

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SEAT

Parts costs: £88.08 - £214.82

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Skoda

Parts costs: £83.62 - £143.37

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Smart

Parts costs: £128.12 - £198.26

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# of quotes: 26

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Subaru

Parts costs: £52.52 - £91.54

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £58.62 - £100.14

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Toyota

Parts costs: £84.46 - £177.79

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Vauxhall

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Parts costs: £67.54 - £170.41

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Volvo

Parts costs: £63.44 - £134.54

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# of quotes: 175

£129

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Halifax
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St Albans
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