It is far too common to see cars on the streets with broken wiper arms. And, after seeing one, you would not be the only one that would go: "That guy does not take care of his car." However, a broken windshield wiper arm is actually caused by a lot of things other than the owner's negligence. Listed below are the reasons behind some common wiper arm problems and ways to solve them.
This is, perhaps, the most common problem with wiper arms. The obvious sign for loose arms is that rather than wiping the water on the windshield, the arms just seem to be waving and saying "hello" to the car in front of you. A quick look at the arm's base would solve the problem. The Chrysler Lebaron Windshield wiper arms are attached by a small nut which could now be too loose. A quick tightening job would solve loose nuts, while a replacement would be better if the nut has worn out or is about to.
The windshield is not being cleaned thoroughly; some parts are being wiped while some are not. These are the common scenes for cars that have bent wiper arms. Distorted arms are usually caused by accidents, DIY mishaps, or vandalism by your friendly neighborhood gangstas. You can try to straighten the arms but that could not recover the original performance of the arms. No matter how good of a mechanic you are, a straightened arm is still a re-straightened, damaged-by-hammering, and weaker-than-original arm. It would be best to replace the arms.
The sign of chattering wiper arms is not only the irritating noise every time it moves; there are also streak marks left on the windshield because the water is not being wiped away efficiently. The chattering and the streak marks are often caused by wax, oil, or grease buildups on either the blade or the windshield. The best way to solve this is, you guessed it, cleaning. A good thorough scrub of your windshield and wiper arm would do the trick.
Aside from problems with the arm itself, problems with the fuse are also commonly experienced. Faulty fuse connections are the usual reasons for a wiper arm that does not move. You should check your car's manual to know the location of the fuses and the controls. An inspection of the fuse puller and the windshield wiper motor is recommended.