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Toyota Windshield Wiper Arm

Common Issues with the Toyota Windshield Wiper Arm

The windshield wiper blade and wiper arm work hand in hand to give you a clearer view of the road ahead. Designed to hold a squeegee, the Toyota windshield wiper arm connects to the windshield wiper blade, helping it wipe dirt, water, or any form of liquid off your windshield. Your vehicle's windshield wiper arm will guide you through tough weather conditions like heavy rain, snow, and fog. But since these wiper arms are exposed to the elements and ever-changing road conditions, they are prone to wear and damage. If you experience this, it's time to do some troubleshooting. Here are the common problems encountered with windshield wiper arms and the possible factors behind them:

Non-working windshield wipers

When your Toyota's windshield wiper arms aren't working after switching them on, it's recommended that you check the fuses, which usually control the different electrical functions inside your car. Blown or busted fuses are a common problem encountered by drivers. Fortunately, there are fuse testers that will help you pinpoint which fuse is blown. Replace all non-working fuses and check if the windshield wiper arms are working. If not, you might need to replace your vehicle's windshield wiper motor.

Only one windshield wiper arm is working

Unless your car is designed to only have a single and wide windshield wiper, the other windshield wiper arm's linkage is broken is if only one arm is working. Check the linkage for any sign of damage or wear since, by design, windshield wiper arms are connected to the motor by a linkage. If the linkage is worn out or broken, buy a new linkage for your windshield wiper arm and attach it.

Windshield wiper arm not clearing properly

Your Toyota's windshield wiper blade looks fine but why isn't it clearing the windshield properly? It may be baffling or confusing, but the problem lies with your loose wiper arm. All you need to do is to check the windshield wiper arm's nut and secure it. If the nut lost its thread, buy a new one and secure it properly. Just make sure to apply the correct amount of torque to avoid cracking the nut or damaging the wiper arm's fastener.

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  • Keeping Your Toyota Windshield Wiper Arm in Excellent Condition 26 February 2013

    Driving through rain, snow, or occasional dust storms would be difficult and hazardous at the same time. But thanks to the windshield wiper arm, it is easier and safer to drive your Toyota even with poor visibility. The wiper arm makes sure that the wiper blade moves in a smooth back-and-forth motion-removing water, dust, and snow off your Toyota's windshield. But as your windshield wiper arm ages, it begins to wear out and eventually breaks down. Through proper maintenance, though, your windshield wiper arm can still function efficiently and give you a clear view of the road ahead. Below are some maintenance tips to help you maintain your windshield wiper arm in excellent working condition:


    Keep them clean at all times.

    Cleaning vehicle parts, including the windshield wiper arms, is really important. Since wiper arms are exposed to water, snow, mud, grime, and road debris, it's recommended that you clean them as often as possible. Why? Because when water or dirt resides on your windshield wiper arm's assembly, corrosion begins to set in, damaging the bushings, nuts, and even the entire assembly. Always use mild car shampoos and soaps when cleaning your Toyota's windshield wiper arms.


    Park your vehicle under a shade.

    Wiper arms are exposed to the ever-changing weather conditions and elements. A hot sunny day or a cold winter night can affect their overall durability. That's why, as much as possible, you must keep your car parked under a shade to protect the windshield wiper arms against the elements. This ensures that the wiper arm's linkages, bushings, and securing nuts are free from corrosion and contaminants.


    Inspect the arm for signs of wear or damage.

    When checking your windshield wiper arm, always look out for signs of possible wear and damage. A bent wiper arm can scratch your windshield's glass, and it's best if you can try to straighten it, so you can save a lot on replacement. If a wiper arm isn't working, make sure to check the bushings and arm linkage, they may need replacement. If the wiper arms are not working, always check the fuses first and then the windshield wiper motor. For loose wiper arms, make sure to tighten all the screws. If the wiper arm assembly is damaged, buy a new one and replace it immediately. Always perform regular windshield wiper arm maintenance to avoid problems in the future.