FAQs & Tips
What is a PowerWiper?
The patented PowerWiper is the world's first multi-directional, computer-controlled windshield wiper capable of cleaning, scouring, and polishing your windshield in the worst weather conditions.
How Much Does It Cost?
A set of PowerWiper blades for the driver side and passenger side and the controller can be had for the low price of $140! View our cost comparison chart.
How Does It Work?
The PowerWiper follows the wiper arc across the windshield exactly as your conventional wiper does. When you turn on the windshield wash cycle, the PowerWiper still moves over the same wiper arc. However, the wiper blade now reciprocates a 1/2 inch back-and-forth at over 42 times per second, scrubbing insects and grime from your windshield.
Yes. The PowerWiper works independent of the controls and electrical circuits that operate your windshield wipers. In the event of failure, the PowerWiper will operate as a premium wiper blade. The PowerWiper has been tested for more than 25,000 cycles. If you operated the system every 30 minutes at 70 miles per hour, you will have traveled 875,000 miles by the time you reach 25,000 cycles.
If I try to wash my windshield and I'm out of washer fluid, will it damage my PowerWiper? No. The PowerWiper will only operate in the power mode if there is sufficient washer fluid. Without fluid in the wash system, PowerWiper will not run the power cycle. The blade will continue to sweep across the windshield like a standard wiper.
What makes the PowerWiper better? Aren’t all wipers basically the same?
The PowerWiper is the world’s first multi-directional, computer-controlled windshield wiper. The PowerWiper follows the wiper arc across the windshield exactly as your conventional wiper does. However, when you turn on the windshield wash cycle, the PowerWiper motor is activated and the wiper blade moves in a 1/2 inch back-and-for reciprocation motion at over 42 times per second, scouring insects, foreign matter, or snow from your windshield. The PowerWiper removes ice and snow from the wiper to ensure full blade contact.
Will the PowerWiper work on my vehicle? What size wiper blades do I need?
Windshield wiper blades come in many sizes, even on the same car. Use our convenient wiper size chart, measure the blade, or ask at an auto-parts store for the proper fit. If your car uses two wiper blades of different lengths, measure them both.
How can I tell what type of wiper arm I have on my vehicle?
We include universal hardware with the PowerWiper system, allowing for different style wiper blade arms to attach and function properly. The three most common wiper arm styles are the Top Lock, Pinch and J-Hook. These common style blades rely on part of the wiper to lock into place, making for simple removal and installation.
How easy is it to replace the PowerWiper blades?
They can be replaced in a few minutes on most cars and trucks.
How often will I need to buy replacement wiper blades? Can I just replace the driver’s side wiper blade?
No matter how long it’s been, if you notice that your wiper blade is not properly cleaning the windshield -- leaving behind a haze of unclean glass -- it’s time to replace them. Research suggests most people wait between 18 months and three years but experts recommend replacing your wiper every six months. We recommend that you replace both blades at the same time to ensure clear visibility at least once per year. Check our discount for automatic blade refill replacements mailed to your home.
Is the PowerWiper hard to install? Can I install it myself?
The PowerWiper is easy to install with no special tools needed. The PowerWiper is not difficult to install by yourself, requiring only basic tools and about a half an hour.
How do I install my new PowerWipers? How long will installation take?
Please refer to our Installation Videos for complete instructions on installing your new PowerWiper system. If you have any questions about installation, give us a call at 801.527.6033 or email email@example.com.
How do I install the replacement wiper blades?
Please refer to the Refill Instructions for replacement wiper blade installation directions. Again, feel free to contact us with any questions at 801.264.6613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I installed the PowerWipers but they aren’t working. What should I do?
First, check and make sure the windshield fluid tank is full and that the electrical connections are good if you are experiencing a problem. Make sure that the PowerWiper control was installed properly. If you continue to experience a problem, you might want to consult your mechanic or check out our installation instructions at powerwiper.com
Will the PowerWiper work without Washer Fluid?
The PowerWiper will only operate in the power mode if there is sufficient washer fluid. Without fluid in the wash system, the PowerWiper will not run the power cycle. The blade will continue to sweep across the windshield like a standard wiper.
While you’re thinking visibility, it’s a good time to check your windshield washer fluid. Adequate fluid will allow for easy removal of road grime, bugs and even ice.
If you live in an area where the temperature drops below 32° F , we recommend upgrading to a alcohol based winter washer fluid that has a minimum freeze point of -20° F, to serve as a deicer. In extreme cold, use a propylene glycol mixture with a rating of -30° F In summer change over to a +32° F washer fluid, its formula is made for insect removal.
Can a fault in the PowerWiper make my windshield wipers quit working?
No, the systems are separate from each other.
Can the Power Wiper be installed to operate manually with a switch, or do I need a control? Answer. Yes, the Power Wiper can be operated from a user installed momentary switch. This type of installation is only appropriate for ice and snow removal from Power Wiper during winter operation. View installation diagram.
Tricks and Tips
Use that PowerWiper! The longer a bug stays on the window the harder it is to get off. You will not use much fluid to remove a fresh bug. Tip: The best fluid for removing insects is 1/16 cup Dawn dishwashing soap in 1 gallon of water.
- Use that PowerWiper! The same is true for ice and snow, when you see the blade missing parts of the windshield active that PowerWiper. If operating below -20F be sure and use polypropylene based windshield de-icer.
- Snow and ice are removed by monetarily pressing the windshield washer until the PowerWiper starts. The rapid motion and harmonic frequency of the PowerWiper clears ice and snow from the wiping blade and wiper arm.
- The PowerWiper will run for three seconds after the last application of washer fluid. You may need to use the mist wipe function to clear the windshield when done.
- Not all windshield wash cycles are the same length of time. The PowerWiper may run for a second or two in the parked position before shutting off. This will not damage the blade.
- The PowerWiper is designed to leave some washer fluid on the windshield to help liquefy insects or de-ice the windshield when in the power mode. Spray the windshield with fluid than monetarily press your windshield washer before the power wiper stops. This action will reset the computer for an additional three second run time. It is not necessary to add much more fluid. By monetarily pressing the washer you can run the PowerWiper continuously without stopping for up to a minute, useful in scrubbing those tough bugs or removing stubborn ice. You may need to use the mist wipe function to clear the windshield when done.
- The sound coming from your PowerWiper will be slightly louder the colder the weather becomes. This is normal and not cause for concern.