Windshield Wiper System
Your vehicles windshield wiper system is crucial to your ability to see in during rain and snow. It also helps with removing dust, and road spray from your windshield. Lets look at what the windshield wiper system is, how it works and some common problems you may experience.
Windshield Wiper System components
The typical windshield wiper system is made up of around 10 to 12 components each play a role in allowing you to see clearly.
Windshield Wiper Blade & Wiper Blade Assembly
The windshield wiper blade is technically the rubber squeegee that is responsible for removing rain, snow, road spray, etc. from the windshield. Most drivers are familiar with it in the wiper blade assembly. They come in several different verities, but all have the same major parts.
A frame, a rubber squeegee blade, and a connector. The frame provides a rigid structure for the rubber blade to ride in and provides the needed stability for the blade to clear the windshield. The frame’s connector is used to attach the assembly to the wiper arm.
Windshield Wiper Blade Arm
The wiper blade arm attaches to the wiper blade assembly and provides the required downward force the wiper blade to clear the window. The wiper blade arm is attached to the wiper transmission, which provides the back-and-forth movement of the windshield wipers.
Windshield Wiper Motor
The windshield wiper motor is a standard electric motor. Its speed and frequency of movement can be adjust by the Windshield Wiper Switch. The wiper motors output shaft spins and needs to be changed into a linear, or back-and-forth movement. This done by the Wiper Transmission.
The wiper transmission, sometimes called the wiper linkage, is the component which allows for the wiper blades to move. It converts the rotation force of the windshield wiper motor in a reciprocating movement.
Windshield Wiper Nozzle Jets
Windshield Wiper Nozzle, Jets or Nozzle Jets allow for spraying of windshield wash fluid on the windshield. They consist of small nozzle which creates a high velocity spray when windshield wash fluid is forced through them by the windshield washer pump.
Windshield Washer Fluid Pump
The windshield washer pump is designed to pump windshield washer fluid from the windshield washer fluid reservoir to the windshield wiper nozzle jets. The washer fluid pump is activated by the drive, using the windshield wiper switch.
Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir
The windshield washer fluid reservoir holds your vehicles windshield washer fluid. It s a large plastic container, typically located under your vehicles hood. The fluid reservoir usually has a sensor in it, which alerts the drive when the fluid in reservoir is low.
Windshield Wiper Switch
The windshield wiper switch is what allows the driver to input the speed and/or frequency of the wiper blades. It also allows for the driver to spray windshield washer fluid onto the windshield when needed.
” My cars wiper nozzles aren’t spraying”
Start with the basics. Does your washer fluid reservoir have fluid in it? If it does, try to spray the windshield with the vehicle in the on position but not running. You should be able to hear the washer pump kick on. If you don’t hear anything then it is an issue with: a fuse for the pump, the pump it self or switch.
” Only one wiper blade is moving on my car”
Typically this is caused by either a lose nut on the wiper arm, which can be check by removing the cap covering the nut, on the wiper arm. The other common cause is a stripped out wiper arm, which would require replacing.
” My cars wiper nozzles spray in the wrong spot“
If your windshield wiper nozzle jets aren’t spraying where you want, you can usually adjust them with a pick or paperclip.
How it works
Request a service:
Get a quote online or set-up a time to have your vehicle looked at.
Choose your service time:
Pick time slots that work for you, easily, online. We will confirm appointments and send reminders.
Get your vehicle repaired:
No waiting at the shop. Our mechanics bring everything that is needed to you. All you have to do is provided a safe area for the work to be performed.
What what need from you
A safe place to work on your vehicle:
No working on the side of busy roads, No working on unstable or steep surfaces. We do not perform repairs during severe weather.
Authorization from a property owner or management.
If you rent please ensure work can be performed where your vehicle is. If your repair work is being done in a parking lot or at your place of employment, please ensure you have permission to have work performed. We do not do repairs in areas restricted by law.
Are you in our service area?
Our services are available, on site throughout Michigan. Odds are you live near one of the cities we provide service in. These are some of the common places we perform repair services.
- Battle Creek
- Byron Center
- Comstock Northwest
- Comstock Township
- Comstock Park
- East Grand Rapids
- Forest Hills
- Georgetown Township
- Grand Haven
- Grand Rapids