U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-07-2011, 07:58 AM
 
395 posts, read 1,153,424 times
Reputation: 186

Advertisements

Dear all, I have a small question with regards to windshield wiper. Even though I was driving for about 10 years now, this is my first winter driving (was living in a warm country before). This morning, the temperature was -25 D C (with wind chill).
When i started the car, everything was fine. The windshield was a bit icy and I turned on the wiper fluid. The wiper blades wouldnt move. I got off the car and noticed that there was ice at the blades base.

I should not have forced the blades again but I kind of yanked it. it moved. So, I got back into the car and switched on the wiper fluid and the wipers themselves but the blades wouldnt move.

What is going on? Did I spoil the motor or its just the ice which is holding the blades from moving? As i was going to miss my train, I didnt have time to clean the ice and check again...

Please advise me...what should be my next step? I am sorry if this is a basic question. Its just my first winter here and never before the blades got stuck.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-07-2011, 08:11 AM
 
889 posts, read 2,307,803 times
Reputation: 2634
Wait until it thaws and try to run them again. If they don't move, maybe the wiper motor needs checked. I try to stop my car, get out and bang them straight up and down on the window to break some of that ice up before I run them. Best wishes!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-07-2011, 08:14 AM
 
395 posts, read 1,153,424 times
Reputation: 186
Quote:
Originally Posted by cityflair View Post
Wait until it thaws and try to run them again. If they don't move, maybe the wiper motor needs checked. I try to stop my car, get out and bang them straight up and down on the window to break some of that ice up before I run them. Best wishes!
If the motor is broken, will it cost too much? My husband advised me not to force the blades last month but since i was already moving, i had no choice but to force them to move.

Thanks for your response.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-07-2011, 08:26 AM
 
889 posts, read 2,307,803 times
Reputation: 2634
$150? I'm just guessing on it being the motor. Don't spend money based on what I've said.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-07-2011, 08:35 AM
 
395 posts, read 1,153,424 times
Reputation: 186
Thanks cityfair. I really hope that its simple case of thawing the ice. Will check today.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-07-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: NEW CASTLE
34 posts, read 20,583 times
Reputation: 39
The chances are that maybe you have blown the motors in the wipers or maybe a simple fuse
1. Check wiper motor
2.check for break in connecting wires
3.check wiper switch
4.check for bent wiper arms
cost depends on model of car and year you may have to check into that one
*prettygirlswag*
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-07-2011, 09:33 AM
 
395 posts, read 1,153,424 times
Reputation: 186
Quote:
Originally Posted by 9volt93 View Post
The chances are that maybe you have blown the motors in the wipers or maybe a simple fuse
1. Check wiper motor
2.check for break in connecting wires
3.check wiper switch
4.check for bent wiper arms
cost depends on model of car and year you may have to check into that one
*prettygirlswag*
Oh my, I have no idea how to check all these. I will take it to a shop to get it checked then. Thanks for your help.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-07-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
4,464 posts, read 9,632,464 times
Reputation: 2819
If the wiper blades are iced onto the windscreen, just carefully yank them off, for future reference, it's a good idea to flip the wiper arms up, so the blades stick up and don't touch the windscreen when it's parked, if you're relatively certain you'll experience snow, "frozen" rain or any such condition. Remember to only buy good wiperfluid that can withstand the cold.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-07-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Wallens Ridge
3,131 posts, read 4,115,378 times
Reputation: 17254
Move to a warmer climate.....problem solved
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-07-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: The land of Chicago
867 posts, read 1,791,463 times
Reputation: 1121
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigMike50 View Post
Move to a warmer climate.....problem solved
until summertime when your sweating your butt off
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top