Is Your Volvo Wiper Motor Malfunctioning?

There is no way to properly and safely operate your motor vehicle if your windshield wipers are not working at their proper capacity. Without them clearing away dirt, snow, rain, and other debris, you are riding on borrowed time – and those around you are as well. A problem with your windshield wipers, or your Volvo wiper motor, must be addressed immediately.

A Look at Your Windshield Wipers

Your Volvo wiper motor controls your windshield wipers, allowing them to go back and forth across the windshield. You turn on the switch, it signals the motor, which makes the wipers move at different durations and speeds. If you flip the switch and nothing happens, your wiper motor is likely malfunctioning.

Signs and Symptoms of a Faulty Volvo Wiper Motor

You've noticed a problem with your windshield wipers. Could it be your Volvo wiper motor? The following are signs of a possible problem with your wiper motor:

  • When your windshield wipers stop moving, they do not sit in the right position.
  • Your wipers won't move at all.
  • Rather than a couple of speeds, your wipers only have one.
  • Your windshield wipers seem to be moving slower than usual.

Now let's take a look at what's going on if these symptoms rear their ugly heads.

Improper Positioning of Your Wipers

The parked position for your windshield wipers (after you turn them off) is along the bottom of your windshield. If you're not sure, look in your owner’s manual to find out. Regardless, they should never be blocking your view once they are turned off. If they do not return to their proper position you will likely need to replace your Volvo wiper motor.

Wipers That Don't Move

You turned on your wiper switch and – nothing. You can't even hear any noise coming from the motor. An electrical problem may exist, or the motor may be damaged. It might even be something as simple as a blown fuse. But a blown fuse is a sign of a deeper problem. After you replace the fuse, get the problem checked out before further damage results.

One Speed Only

Normally, your windshield wipers should have a number of adjustable speeds. If you're down to one speed only, however, your Volvo wiper motor (or the wiper module) has a problem. A mechanic can tell you which problem exists and repair it as soon as possible.

Wipers Are Slower Than Usual

As mentioned, there are usually several different settings regarding the speed at which your wipers move. If they seem to be moving slower than they used to do, your wiper motor probably has an issue. Occasionally, grime, debris, or other particles can hamper your motor’s mechanical components. The components in the wiper motor should be inspected by a certified mechanic in order to get to the bottom of the problem.

Is it possible to repair rather than replace your Volvo wiper motor? Possibly. But considering their complexity and the fact that the mechanics that replace these motors need to be ASE certified, replacement is usually chosen over repair. You’re going to get a long useful life out of a new motor, so why not just go out with the old and in with the new? Whatever you do, make sure that you do it as soon as possible.