A busted windshield wiper motor can cause the wipers to move too slow, only on one speed, and stop in the incorrect position. It can also make the wipers impossible to turn off. And once the wipers malfunction, you’ll have a hard time seeing the road during inclement weather. So before a broken wiper motor leads to more trouble, get a replacement as soon as you can. But don’t just grab any motor. Make sure it meets the following criteria:
A typical windshield wiper motor can cost you around $60 to $400+. Expect a higher price if your car is a rare vintage model, a luxury vehicle, or is manufactured by a foreign brand. To make sure you’re getting a good deal, compare prices first and see which retailer or brand offers the best price. Another tip to make sure the new motor will fit your budget is to opt for a remanufactured one. Now you may have to shell out for the core charge. But if your old motor can still be used to rebuilt other motors, then simply trade in that core part for a partial refund.
Your old motor’s volt specs
Replacement motors are available in different volts such as 6-volt, 12-volt, and 24-volt types. So before you purchase a new one, check your vehicle’s old motor and take note of its volt. Also check your car’s electrical system to make sure you’re getting the right motor type based on power-handling capabilities.
When looking up a replacement motor, make sure it’s designed to match your car’s specs. Take note of your car’s year, make, and model when shopping for a new motor to make sure you won’t have installation problems later on.
Depending on your vehicle’s year, make, and model, you might have to replace the entire motor assembly. If this is the case, make sure that the replacement you purchase is a complete kit that comes with all the necessary installation hardware such as the mounting bracket, mounting shaft, and windshield spacer. Just imagine the hassle you’ll experience if you find out that you’re missing a component during the actual installation process.