My Windshield Wipers Won't Park in the Right Place

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My Windshield Wipers Won't Park in the Right Place
Fix your wipers to keep your vehicle's windshield clear of dirt and debris. (man working on car image by palms from

Wipers are responsible for keeping a vehicle's windshield clear of obstructions. If the windshield wipers are not parking in the correct place or malfunctioning in any way, this could have dangerous consequences. Fix your windshield wipers as soon as you notice a problem with them. Usually, you will be able to fix the wipers fairly quickly, and your windshield will be clear of debris and dirt once again.

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Pliers
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Small brush
  • Cloth
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Steel wool
  • Fuses

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    Pull the windshield wipers upright until you can feel them lock into place. Look for any loose or broken nuts and bolts that may be preventing your windshield wipers from parking in the correct place. Tighten the hardware if it is loose or replace it if broken.

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    Examine the spring, hinge pin and joint mechanism on your windshield wipers. These components should all be free of rust, dirt and debris. If the wipers are dirty, clean them with an all-purpose cleaner and scrub them with a small brush or cloth. If you see rust, clean the wipers and put petroleum jelly on the affected areas. Allow the petroleum jelly to sit on the wipers for about five minutes then rinse it away with water.

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    Replace any broken fuses. Refer to your owner's manual to locate the fuses for your windshield wipers and replace all fuses that are not working properly.

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