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How to Repair Windshield Wiper Not Touching Glass

March 17, 2024 | Victor Lukasso

The Windshield might not be necessary until it starts raining while driving, and you’ll need a functional wiper to get a clear view of the tracks.

The wiper’s primary function is to enhance visibility in a case where dust, moisture, or dirt has clogged up the Windshield with the aid of the Washer Fluid.

However, sometimes you summon the wipers, and the whole or partial parts aren’t in contact with the glass, impairing your vision.

This will require the driver to perform the cleaning manually, which can result in a poor driving experience and accidents at most.


A wiper issue can be fixed by straightening a bent wiper, replacing the rubbers on the wipers, or checking the bolts holding the wipers.

In this article, I’ll explain why your wiper is not touching the glass and how you can quickly repair it.

Why is my Windshield Wiper Not Touching Glass?

If a previously functional Windshield Wiper suddenly stops touching the glass, it could be a case of a worn-out rubber, a bent wiper, or an issue with the tightening. However, if it’s a case of a new wiper installation, you should cross-check if you’re installing the right Windshield Wiper for your car.

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Without wasting much time, here’s a list of the possible reasons why your wiper isn’t making contact with the glass.

  1. A bent Wiper Arm
  2. Worn-out wiper rubbers
  3. Loosened or over-tightened Wiper Bolts
  4. Inappropriate wiper installation
  5. A problematic battery or Alternator

A wiper can mistakenly become bent while you left at the car wash or when it comes in contact with other physical forces, so always visually examine your wiper to avoid causing damage to your Windshield.

Also, the rubber attached to the wiper is in charge of wiping particles off the Windshield; once the rubber(s) are worn out or fall off, there should be a gap between the metal and Windshield.

For this cause, the wiper won’t make contact with the glass due to the absence of the rubber layer, but I can assure you that you won’t like the result when the metal hits the windscreen.

In another context, if the bolt used to hold the wipers are Loosened or over-tightened, you’ll notice that the wiper will not work well or it’ll not be able to go around the Windshield, leaving dust on some surfaces.

In addition, if you installed a wiper that isn’t recommended for your vehicle or a season, it shouldn’t touch the glass or move by default due to the specifications gap.

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Finally, the wipers are controlled by power generated from the battery or Alternator. It could be that the problem could be from your car battery or Alternator.

How to Repair Windshield Wiper Not Touching Glass

After visually inspecting what could be the reason why your wiper(s) isn’t touching your Windshield, you can adopt any of the below repair guides to fix them back to default.

1. Straighten Bent Wiper Arms

If it’s a case of a bent wiper, you can try straightening the bent section on the wiper without applying much pressure to it to avoid breakage.

Please ensure all springs and metals are intact after the fix because each contributes to the wiper’s friction power.

2. Loosen or tighten necessary bolts

If you notice a case of a loose bolt on the wiper, quickly tighten it with a plier. Also, loosen over tight bolts to enable free movement of the wipers.

3. Get a Wiper Rubber Replacement

If the fault is from a worn-out or thin wiper rubber, you can purchase a new wiper blade refill and replace it.

You can check the installation guide from the buyer guides of the wiper blade to avoid making mistakes.

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4. Get a Wiper Replacement

If you mistakenly break the wiper while straightening or rubber installation, or maybe you got one unsuitable for your car, it’s best to get a replacement.

You can buy durable wipers from Amazon or any auto repair shop closest to you that offers replacement services.

Removing weak, bent, or old Windshield wipers is also necessary.

5. Inspect your Battery or Alternator

Check the wiring harness between your wiper and the battery if the wipers don’t move.

Check out for bridged connections and do well to resolve them. You can also take the car to a mechanic for a professional inspection.


A functional Windshield Wiper is essential for maintaining visibility while driving in snowy or rainy seasons.

This article should help you with probable reasons why your wiper isn’t touching the glass and how to repair the issue.

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