I think we often take windshield wipers for granted; they are sort of out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Until something goes wrong or we need to replace them.
Here are a few frequently asked questions about windshield wipers that I hope you find useful.
Are windshield wipers universal?
The answer is ‘No’, windshield wipers are not universal. Windshield wipers vary in size, shape, and materials depending on your vehicle type. When you purchase wiper blades you will find several different adapters. This is to accommodate various types of wiper blade arms. (J-Hook, L-Clip, I-Clip, etc.)
The important thing is the size of the wiper blade. These most definitely vary from vehicle to vehicle. Most of the time one wiper blade is longer than the other. So how do you know which size to choose?
How Do I Know If Windshield Wipers Are Compatible?
Why Won’t My Windshield Wipers Turn Off?
- Broken windshield wiper controls
- Faulty Park Switch
- Bad wiring
Broken Windshield Wiper Controls: This is the most common cause for wipers to not turn off. The wiper controls are often used and can break down over time, which causes them to no longer work correctly. If this happens then you will be unable to switch off your windshield wipers with the control lever.
Faulty Park Switch: it’s possible that your park switch has gone bad and as such cannot stop power from running through your windscreen wipers when they’re parked in either position (parked on top of blades or up against glass).
Even if none of these other reasons apply specifically to you, it’s worth checking the park switch to make sure it is functioning properly.
Bad Wiring: We cannot diagnose this without opening your car up and inspecting, but if you have bad wiring then there’s a chance that power can’t be cut off from running through your windshield wipers.
This would also require an inspection by a mechanic before any repairs could be made.