2 Common Winter Repairs Often Needed For A Car’s Windshield Wiper And Washer Systems

When winter arrives and brings with it icy precipitation and freezing temperatures, these conditions can cause many issues with your vehicle. While some of the more common problems include a dead battery or heating system issues, the wintry weather can also affect your car windshield's accessory systems. Below are a couple of winter problems that can create issues with your car's windshield wiper and washer systems, both of which require a professional technician to repair them. 

1. Windshield Wiper Fluid Tank Freezes and Cracks, Making It Necessary to Replace It

One common winter problem that requires professional repairs is when the windshield wiper fluid tank freezes and cracks. Even if you only use washer fluid, if the temperatures dip below zero, it can freeze. If you add water to the tank, this problem can occur as soon as the temperature drops below freezing. 

This freezing of the fluid causes expansion that creates pressure on the fluid tank, causing it to crack. If the tank cracks, the fluid or water will run out as soon as it thaws, leaving you without the ability to easily wash off the salt and dirt from your windshield. If the tank is damaged, you will need to have an auto technician replace it.

2. Windshield Wiper Motor Burns Out, Leaving You Without One or Both Wipers Until It Is Replaced

Another problem that can lead to winter repairs of your car is when the windshield wiper motor burns out. Especially if the motor is older and already compromised, if you attempt to use the wipers while a thick layer of snow or ice is on the glass, the strain can become too much for it.

At first, you may hear the motor whine as you try to use the wipers, and they will be slow to start moving. As the motor is subjected to more strain, it will eventually fail, causing one or both wipers to stop working altogether until the motor is replaced by a professional.

When the temperatures drop below freezing during the winter months, keep an eye on your car's wiper fluid tank to make sure it does not freeze and crack and do not add regular water to it to help prevent the problem. Also, do not force your wipers to run if they are stuck or there is excessive ice buildup on the windshield, as this can make their motor burn out. If you do discover a cracked washer fluid tank or one or more of the wipers no longer work, take your car to an auto repair shop to have the issue fixed. 

Contact a local auto repair shop to learn more.