How To Adjust Wiper Arm Position: A Quick Guide

Have you ever had a question about how to adjust the wiper arm position for its optimal function? You might’ve if you have ever found your wipers not doing their job properly. Wipers are a very important component of the car because they clean the windshield for clear visibility in all kinds of weather. It is important to have your wipers work correctly for a safe drive.

The quickest fix to this problem is tightening the bolt of the wiper using a Ratchet because, in most cases, the bolt of the wiper is loose that causes the improper position of the wipers. This should fix the problem if the reason is the loose bolt.

Further in this article, you’ll get to know about adjusting wiper arm positions so that they work correctly.

How to adjust windshield wiper position with the help of proper steps

There are two things that come under the adjusting wiper arm position. The first thing is adjusting the park position of the wiper and the second thing is adjusting the alignment of the wiper.

These two things are essential to be done to have the wiper work optimally. You’ll learn about adjusting both the things in this article, and for that, you’ll need to have the following tools-

  • A ratchet
  • Pliers

Steps to adjust the park position of the wiper

You need to go through the following steps to adjust the park position of your wiper-

Step 1: Turn the ignition to the “On” position without starting the engine. Ensure that the wiper switch is off and once you’ve done it, turn the ignition off. The reason behind doing this is to have the wiper motor in the parked position.

Step 2: You need to gain access to the wiper, and for that, you’ll need to pop the hood.

Step 3: Find the retaining nut, which is generally located at the bottom of the wiper arm. If there’s any plastic cap covering the nut, hold it and pull it off. If it feels tight, you can use a plier to remove it.

Step 4: Remove the nut using the Ratchet. If you have one, then that’s okay; otherwise, I’d highly recommend using EPAUTO Reversible Ratchet, which is best for this process. This is very handy and has multiple sockets that you can use for different purposes.

Step 5: After you have removed the nut, move the wiper arm back and forth to pull it off. You’re advised to go easy with it so that you don’t harm the splines while pulling it.

Step 6: After you’ve taken the wiper out, align the wiper arm onto your splined wiper arm and then put it in the proper parked position. After you’ve aligned it, press the wiper arm into the stud.

If your car has a wiper arm stop, then make sure your wiper arm is pressed against it while you’re pressing the arm into the stud. When the arm is pressed against the arm’s stop, it means that it is in the proper parked position.

Step 7: Now, replace the retaining nut and make sure it is tight enough. Also, replace the nut cap, which keeps the nut from catching rust.

Step 8: Start the ignition and switch on the wiper blades to check if the wiper is returning to the proper parked position or not. If you have executed all the steps correctly, it’ll work.

This is how to adjust the wiper arm so that it sits correctly in its parked position.

Steps to adjust wiper blade alignment

If your windshield wiper is misaligned, you should follow these steps to realign it-

Step 1: Turn on the ignition and then ensure that the wiper switch is off and in the parked position.

Step 2: Pop the hood to gain full access to the wiper.

Step 3: Find the retaining nut that is usually located at the bottom of the wiper arm, and then remove the cap covering the nut.

Step 4: Now remove the retaining nut using a Ratchet and after you are done with it, move the wiper arm back and forth gently to pull it off.

Step 5: Take your wiper arm and keep it on a soft floor or a table the same way it lies on the windshield while being in the parked position and then press it against the ground gently so that it gets in its original configuration. You can also use a plier to bend the wiper blade into its right position.

Step 6: Now, put the wiper arm into the proper alignment and press it into the stud. Make sure it has sat well, and then replace the retaining nut and cap.

Step 7: Start the ignition and switch on the wiper blades to check if the wiper is working being in proper alignment or not. In most cases, it works.

Note- After following this process, if you still find your wiper isn’t working in alignment or if it isn’t making contact with the windshield properly, it means that you need to replace it with a new one. This will be the only solution to your problem.

Conclusion

This is how to adjust the windshield wiper arm position to have it work properly. It is necessary to check your wipers at least once a year so that if you ever have to go somewhere in bad weather, you’re sure that wipers will work properly.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Take a look at the following frequently asked questions-

Why is it important to adjust the wiper arms?

Wiper cleans the windshield so that you can see through them while driving. The wiper arm gets in an improper position over time, and that prevents it from working properly. This is why it’s essential to adjust the wiper arms and have them working correctly.

Open the hood of the car to gain access to the wiper arm. Now covering it. Now grab a ratchet and tighten the nut and after you’re done with it, replace the cap. Now turn on the ignition and check it., find the retaining nut and then remove the cap

Turn the ignition into the “On” position and then switch on the windshield wiper. After it has completed 2-3 cycles, turn the wiper off and let it return to the park position. Now, turn off the ignition, and you’re done.

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