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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-09-2011, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Help! Windshield Wipers Not Function Properly

So ever since I bought my car in April 2010, (2010 Cobalt LS XFE) I've noticed something different about my wipers. It seemed that as my speed increased the wiper speed would increase, but only when I had the wiper control on the first level. I've never had this happen before, is this normal?

Eventually, it seemed like my wipers were skipping a wipe a cross the window, for example if it was 10 seconds between wipes, sometimes it would take 20.

Now, when I push the wiper control down (just to get one wipe), it doesn't always work, and when on the first speed level, it skips wipes. I'm pretty sure typically when you put the control to the first speed the wiper should wipe immediately. Mine doesn't all the time, only sometimes.

I have also installed an aftermarket head unit about two months ago, and I know this messed with my chimes, but it should mess with my wipers should it? besides, it's been acting odd ever since I bought the car.

I realize I'm horrible at explanations, but ask questions if you don't understand! I'd like to know if this could be due to my HU installation or if I can bring it to the stealership.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-10-2011, 05:36 AM
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You probably just need to have the switch replaced and I doubt it was caused by your headunit install.

Also, on the intermediate wipe setting there is the feature where the wipers increase/decrease with the car's speed, so that's normal (it's when you have the intermediate wipe set at the maximum I think).

On my 05 when I press it down to get a single wipe it doesn't always work either, it's just picky about how you push it down I guess *shrugs*.
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