Keep your windshield wipers in top shape
Did you know?
That when you turn off the wipers, they never rest on the same edge twice in a row? The edges take turns. That helps reduce wiper wear and increases wiper life.
- Worn or dirty wiper blades will reduce visibility and increase the risk of collisions and serious injury.
- Never use the windshield wipers/washers in freezing weather without first defrosting the windshield. The washer solution may freeze on the window and reduce visibility.
- Always clean the windshield wiper blades and all windows regularly.
- Always replace wiper blades that are worn, damaged or do not keep the windshield clear.
Your Volkswagen has a rear wiper
To activate, push the lever away from you one click (7) to the ON position. From the ON position, if you push the lever away from you and hold (8), washer fluid will spray the rear window for as long as you hold the stalk in this position. Isn’t that something? So don’t neglect your rear window. Give it a rinse periodically. And did you know this? Any time you put the vehicle in reverse, the rear wiper activates automatically, if the front wipers are also activated! The rear wiper does not have to be on. Volkswagen understands that if it’s raining at the front of the vehicle, it’s probably raining at the back as well.
Using my Volkswagen’s windshield wipers
You often drive in the rain, but it might not always be a steady rain. That’s why the windshield wipers in your Volkswagen have four settings. First you have an intermittent setting, which is easy to activate. Just move the stalk from the off position (0) to one click up (1). Then, rotate the switch at the top of the stalk (6) to adjust the duration of the wipe interval. Left for a longer duration, right for a shorter one. Think “Left, Less, Right Rain.” If you wish to take control, two clicks up (2) gives you slow, continuous wiping and three clicks up (3) gives you fast, continuous wiping. It must be raining pretty hard now. From the off position, you can push the stalk down once (4) for a single wipe. Maybe it’s just misting. Or you can hold the lever down for two seconds for a faster wipe. The wipers will actuate until you release the stalk. To wash the windshield, pull the stalk toward you (5) and washer fluid will spray for as long as you pull the stalk.