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How much does a front wiper motor replacement cost for Mini cars?

A typical Mini front wiper motor replacement in the UK costs around £241 - £445. Depending on your Mini model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a front wiper motor replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Mini cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a front wiper motor replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Front wiper motor replacement for Mini Mini£283 - £445
Front wiper motor replacement for Mini Mini Hatch£241 - £378
Front wiper motor replacement for Mini Countryman£241 - £378
Front wiper motor replacement for Mini Clubman£241 - £378
Front wiper motor replacement for Mini Convertible£241 - £378
Front wiper motor replacement for Mini Paceman£241 - £378
Front wiper motor replacement for Mini Coupe£248 - £389

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What does a front wiper motor do?

The role of a front wiper motor is to power a car’s front windscreen wiper arms. This small electric motor provides the power needed for the windscreen wipers to swipe across the windscreen glass, clearing rain water, ice, dirt and debris as they go.

What are the signs of a failing front wiper motor?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your front wiper motor:

  • If one or both of the windscreen wipers completely stops working

  • If the wipers move slower than usual

  • If the wipers jerk across the windscreen or aren’t swiping as smoothly as usual

What happens during a front wiper motor replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the front windscreen wiper system.

  • Investigate to determine the exact fault in the electrical system.

  • If necessary, they will replace the front windscreen wiper motor.

  • They will advise if any other parts of the windscreen wipers need to be replaced.

  • Finally they will test the windscreen's wipers to ensure everything is working correctly.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, can I drive with a broken front wiper motor?

No, you shouldn’t drive if your front windscreen wipers are not working. It’s both dangerous and illegal to drive without the use of your front windscreen wipers.

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Want to learn more about Mini front wiper motor replacement?

What does a front wiper motor do?

A front wiper motor is a small but powerful electric motor that powers your car’s front windscreen wiper arms. The motor is either switched on manually by the driver or more modern cars have rain sensors fitted that will switch the motor on automatically for the driver when water is detected.

The motor enables the wiper arms to swipe across the front windscreen clearing rain, ice, dirt or debris to ensure the driver has good visibility at all times. Electrical power is fed to the front wiper motor through a fuse and a relay. The driver can change the switch position to produce intermittent wipes, standard speed wipes or fast wipes depending on the driving conditions.

Mini

Mini is a British automotive marque that has been owned by the German multinational vehicle manufacturer BMW since 2000.

The Mini brand was originally introduced in 1969 when the vehicle model became a marque in its own right, breaking away from the Austin and Morris brands under the British Leyland umbrella.

The Mini Hatch was the 7th best selling car of 2018 in the UK. Mini is a consistent favourite among buyers with a leaning for British cultural icons and retro styling.

There are around 750k Mini cars on the roads, showing that the brand is still as popular as ever due to their compact sizing, attractive styling and its reputation as a classy and classic small car.

Mini: a premium product of British motoring

With its unique and unmistakable styling, Mini is firmly placed as a premium product. Its ownership by BMW has added advantages in production, by being able to lean on the executive luxury German marque for many of the advanced technological systems and specialist industry knowledge used in their manufacture.

A piece of British culture and a Hollywood star

Enhancing its popularity as a household name, the original British Mini became a star of the silver screen when it appeared predominantly in the gold-heist movie ‘The Italian Job’ in 1969, starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward. With a remake hitting the screens in 2003, the new Mini was called on to star once again, and a selection of Mini hatch models continued the tradition by featuring in the film.

Despite its small footprint, the Mini hatch is providing real competition to the Audi A1 and VW Polo due to its premium quality build. And with the weight of BMW behind them, it’s easy to see why.

How often should a front wiper motor need replacing?

Good visibility is crucial to safe driving. Therefore, because the front windscreen wipers provide a clear view out of the windshield, it’s critical (and legal!) that they are fixed as soon as any issue arises.

There is no set lifespan of a front wiper motor, however as the motor is frequently used, wear and tear can eventually cause it to malfunction, the same as any other electric motor. The most important thing is that it is replaced as soon as possible because the front windscreen wipers are a critical safety feature.

What happens when we do a front wiper motor replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the front windscreen wiper system.

  • Investigate to determine the exact fault in the electrical system.

  • If necessary, they will replace the front windscreen wiper motor.

  • They will advise if any other parts of the windscreen wipers need to be replaced.

  • Finally they will test the windscreen's wipers to ensure everything is working correctly.

What causes a front wiper motor to break?

Undue stress on the motor can lead to it burning out. For example if your windscreen wipers are frozen to the glass or if they are stuck due to lack of use, it’s best to avoid switching the wiper system on. This can put too much stress on the motor causing it to burn out or fail.

General wear and tear may also result in older cars needing a replacement wiper motor fitted.

When should a front wiper motor be replaced?

Good visibility is crucial to safe driving. Therefore, because the front windscreen wipers provide a clear view out of the windshield, it’s critical (and legal!) that they are fixed as soon as any issue arises.

What are the signs of a bad front wiper motor?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • If one or both of the windscreen wipers completely stops working

  • If the wipers move slower than usual

  • If the wipers jerk across the windscreen or aren’t swiping as smoothly as usual

What happens when we do a front wiper motor replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the front windscreen wiper system.

  • Investigate to determine the exact fault in the electrical system.

  • If necessary, they will replace the front windscreen wiper motor.

  • They will advise if any other parts of the windscreen wipers need to be replaced.

  • Finally they will test the windscreen's wipers to ensure everything is working correctly.

What is the average life of a front wiper motor?

There is no set lifespan of a front wiper motor, however as the motor is frequently used, wear and tear can eventually cause it to malfunction, the same as any other electric motor. The most important thing is that it is replaced as soon as possible because the front windscreen wipers are a critical safety feature.

Can you drive with a broken front wiper motor?

No, you should not drive if your front windscreen wipers are not working. It’s not only dangerous to drive without the use of windscreen wipers, it is also illegal in this country. According to UK law, every vehicle fitted with a windscreen must have one or more efficient automatic windscreen wipers.

It's also important to note that your windscreen wipers and wiper blades will be checked during an MOT test, so make sure your wipers are in full working order to avoid an MOT fail.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

It is illegal to drive with broken or malfunctioning front windscreen wipers. Therefore if your front wiper motor breaks it is important that you get the issue looked at as soon as possible.

It's also important to note that your windscreen wipers and wiper blades will be checked during an MOT test, so make sure your wipers are in full working order to avoid an MOT fail.

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