Windscreen Wipers - FAQs


1. How much does a windshield wiper cost?

Windscreen wipers start at close to Rs. 200-300 for standard wipers and can go up to Rs 3000 for premium ones. Choosing your wiper blades should be a well thought out decision based on the weather in your area and the amount of use you are going to do.

2. What is the best windshield wiper?

Wipers from multiple reputed brands are available in India like PIAA, Bosch, Michelin, Trico and Hella. However, priority should be the type of wiper blade you need: Standard, Frameless or Hybrid or the material of construction: Rubber or Silicone, based on your need. Visit the knowledge center at autofolk.in to know more about these types of wiper blades.

3. How does the windshield wiper work?

Windshield wipers in their initial days used to work on the vacuum principal, with a big disadvantage of varying wiping speed along with the speed of the engine. Modern day wiper blades are rotated by an electric wiper motor which draws power from the car battery

4. Are there left and right windshield wipers?

No. Windshield wiper must be ordered based on the size and not on the basis of direction. Click here to know the size of your wiper blade


5. Are expensive windshield wipers worth it?

Windshield wipers give you the benefit of a clear vision of the road helping you drive better. There is no price which can be put on that.

However, when choosing a wiper blade, choice should be made based on the type of wiper blade which best suits your requirement and not the price of the item.

6. How much is the current consumption of windshield wiper motor?

It varies based on the load on the wiper motor and can be anywhere between 5A-15A

7. Who invented windshield wipers?

According to Wikipedia: One of the earliest recorded patents for the windscreen wiper is by George J. Capewell of Hartford Connecticut, which was filed on August 6, 1896. His invention was for an automated, motorised, wiper for "cars, locomotives, and such land-vehicles". American inventor Mary Anderson is popularly credited with devising the first operational windscreen wiper in 1903.

8. How do you move windshield wipers?

When the wiper switch is activated, the wiper motor moves the windshield wiper

9. How to replace/change the wiper blade?

Wiper blades are connected to the wiper arm with the help of connectors/adapters which are usually click fit and a gentle pull on the opposite side of the connector should do the trick. Visit autofolk.in to know more.

10. Are windshield wipers two different sizes?

They may be or they might not be, this depends on your manufacturer. Some vehicles come with only one wiper blade on the front. Best way to ascertain is to measure your wiper blade with a tape. Visit autofolk.in to know more.


11. Which side does the longer wiper blade go on?

This depends on the positioning of the pivots in your car. When changing your wiper blades change as per the original setting.

12. Why are my windshield wipers moving slowly?

This usually indicates a problem with the starter motor. Need to get it checked.

13. Can I use a different size wiper blade?

No. The size is decided by the manufacturer based on the pivot positioning and the dimensions of the windshield. For emergency purposes, a smaller size can be used but the same is never recommended.

14. How do I know my windshield wiper size?

Use a tape, or refer the user manual. Visit autofolk.in for a step by step guide.

15. How do I know what kind of windshield wipers I need?

There are various kinds of wiper blades. Based on construction: Standard, Frameless or Hybrid or the material of construction: Rubber or Silicone. Choice should be made based on the frequency of use and the weather conditions in your area.

16. How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced?

Every 6-12 months for rubber wipers and every 12-24 months for Silicone wipers. Since Wiper blades are very essential for a clear view of the road, the need for change should not be avoided.

17. Are front wiper blades different sizes?

They may be or they might not be, this depends on your manufacturer. Some vehicles come with only one wiper blade on the front. Best way to ascertain is to measure your wiper blade with a tape. Visit autofolk.in to know more.

18. Will any windshield wiper fit my car?

No, any windshield wiper will not fit your car. You should buy the same size as the original wiper. You can buy from any brand which gives you the same size. Just make sure that the adapter fits your car. You can read more about adapters and wiper blade sizes at autofolk.in

19. How do I choose windshield wipers?

There are various kinds of wiper blades. Based on construction: Standard, Frameless or Hybrid or the material of construction: Rubber or Silicone. Choice should be made based on the frequency of use and the weather conditions in your area.

20. Are windshield wipers hard to install?

No. It is one of the most easiest parts to install yourself. Visit autofolk.in to know the step by step process.

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