How Windshield Wipers Work

How Windshield Wipers Work

Today, vehicles come with an amazing piece of technology that many drivers take for granted: the windshield wipers. The windshield wiper is important for the safety of the occupants of the vehicle, although its one of those parts that is easy to ignore until its no longer working.

Windshield wipers have come a long way from the hand cranked early versions of the 1900’s. Those early versions used a hand crank or switch on the interior of the car. From the 1920’s to the 1960s, windshield wipers were vacuum powered. The intermittent windshield wiper that we know today was introduced in the early 1960s.


How Windshield Wipers Work


The windshield wiper is moved by a motor at the base of the window to clear the window of rain. There are multiple ways for the windshield wipers to be configured. Most cars have two wipers which move in sync with each other, but some models such as Fiat, Citroen, Subaru, and Mercedes have a single wiper that covers a wider swatch of window.  There are also some models of vehicle that come with a wiper on the back window, such as SUVs, hatchbacks, and minivans. Also important to note are the few older vehicle models that have wipers on their headlights like Saab and Chevrolet.


The Parts of a Windshield Wiper


Like most systems in a vehicle, the windshield wiper is made up of many parts. The main parts of the windshield wiper are:


Wiper Blades - The wiper blades are what removes the moisture from the windshield


Wiper Arm - The wiper arm connects the wiper blade to the wiper transmission, to allow for unhindered movement over a large patch of the windshield


Wiper Transmission - The windshield wiper transmission controls the movement of the wiper arm


Wiper Motor - The windshield wiper motor provides power to the wiper transmission and fluid pump


Windshield wiper fluid pump, tanks and tubes - The windshield wiper fluid pump, tanks, and tubes are the system responsible for spraying out windshield wiper fluid, allowing the driver to clean a dirty windshield


Windshield Wiper Interior Controls - The windshield wiper internal controls are located either on a control arm protruding from the steering wheel, on the steering wheel, or on the main dashboard panel, to the left of the main dash display



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