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How to Turn Off Back Windshield Wiper

March 3, 2024 | Victor Lukasso

Most car owners only focus on their front windshield wipers and forget how to operate their back windshield wipers. In this article, we’ll show you how to turn off the back windshield wiper.

The rear wiper is often a single blade. It is most useful when making a reverse movement, especially in rainy weather, because it gives you a clearer view of objects at your back from your mirror by clearing out fog or mist on the back windshield, thereby reducing the risk of a collision.

Also, most drivers have ditched using their rear windshield and resorted to looking outside the window for directions when going in the opposite direction. Regardless of this, the task of the back windshield wiper can’t be overemphasized.

But if you’ve initially turned on your rear wiper, there may be situations where you need to turn it off, such as when the rain stops or when you’re done washing your rear windshield.


The method taught here might slightly differ depending on your car model, but we’ll try our best to lay down a solid foundation that’ll help you decipher how to turn off the back windshield wiper on your car.

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So, whether you’re a noob or an expert trying to figure out how the back windshield wiper works on a car, continue reading to find out.

You can refer to our article on turning on windshield wipers if you’re having difficulty operating your front windshield wipers.

How to Turn Off Back Windshield Wiper

In most cars, the wiper controls are located on the steering column or the dashboard. The location of the wiper controls may vary depending on the make and model of your car, so you may need to consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions.

Here’s a step-by-step process to turn off your back windshield wiper and explain how it works.

  • Locate the back windshield wiper control on the windshield stalk.
  • Rotate the lever to the “OFF” mode or press the back windshield wiper button to turn it off.
  • There are options to turn the rear wiper “ON” and release washer fluid to the screen. You can explore all these options too.
  • For further clarification, unlike the front windshield wipers, which can be controlled by pushing the lever up and down, the back windshield wipers are controlled by rotating a dial at the end of the windshield control lever.
  • The “REAR” inscription often identifies it with a rectangular shape with a line across it. So, if you also find the description on your dashboard, all you need to ID is to press on it to switch controls to your back windshield wiper.
  • If the controls are at the end of the wiper stalk, you have limited options to select from, options such as “OFF,” “INT,” “And ON,” and an icon on both ends for releasing washer fluid.
  • You can refer to our article about windshield wipers to know these inscriptions’ meanings and functions.
  • If you can’t locate the windshield control stick on your car, you should refer to your car manual or reseller for instructions on operating your back windshield wipers.
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Turning off the back windshield wiper is a straightforward process that can be achieved quickly with the right guide. Firstly, you need to locate the wiper control, usually located at the end of the windshield stalk, and next rotate the dial to the OFF position or push the button to then it off and stop the wiper from moving.

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