NHTSA — Visibility: Windshield Wiper/Washer Problems


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1998 Buick Century windows / windshield problems

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1998 Buick Century Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 112002


  • miles


Consumer states that while driving and no warning the windshield wiper will work intermittently and it will hard for the consumer to see during rainy weather. Dealer notified.

- Batesfield, IN, USA

problem #3

Apr 282002


  • miles
In sudden downpour (approaching tornado) outside of nashville this a.M. visibility was severly reduced with wipers on lower setting. When wipers turned to high to increase visibility wipers locked and stripped, forcing driver to pull off the interstate and wait for the rain to stop. This is the second time this has happened. The first incident was in March 2001 - right after purchasing the used vehicle. We encountered heavy rain at interstate speed of approximately 55 mph. The wipers locked together and the mechanism stripped the right wiper so that it would no longer function. Upon resuming driving with just the left wiper, the left wiper then proceeded to go off the windshield entirely and driver had to pull off the on the side to tighten bolt. The primary driver of this vehicle remembered the first incident and never uses the higher wiper settings so has not incurred any further problems. The auxiliary driver, myself, had forgotten that this was a problem. Not being able to use the highest setting makes for dangerous visibility in heavy rain though and the design of the wiper operation should be investigated as even being able to safely pull off the interstate is severely hampered.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 021999


  • miles
At 7:00 pm (dark and heavy rain), windshield wipers in motion and right wiper locked into left during heavy rain creating zero visibility.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 131998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In rainy weather conditions the windshield wipers became inoperable, cause unknown. In addition, while driving on highway vehicle went completely dead due to short in electrical system.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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