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

A typical Skoda front wiper motor replacement in the UK costs around £149 - £368. Depending on your Skoda 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 Skoda 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 Skoda Fabia£163 - £256
Front wiper motor replacement for Skoda Octavia III£234 - £368
Front wiper motor replacement for Skoda Fabia II£156 - £245
Front wiper motor replacement for Skoda Citigo£149 - £234
Front wiper motor replacement for Skoda Kodiaq£234 - £368
Front wiper motor replacement for Skoda Octavia£234 - £368
Front wiper motor replacement for Skoda Karoq£234 - £368

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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 Skoda 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.

Skoda

Skoda Auto is a Czech automobile manufacturer originally founded in 1895 as Laurin & Klement. In 1925 Laurin & Klement was acquired by the industrial conglomerate Skoda Works, which itself became state-owned in 1948.

In 2000 Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.

Skoda’s growing success has been down to strong support from its parent VW Group and its credibility as a mainstream supplier of great value sensible cars.

The number of Skoda cars on the road in the UK has grown consistently over the past 20 years to over 740k and rising.

Great value, solid, sensible motoring

With models so closely related to those of Volkswagen, Audi and Seat, it’s no surprise that the mechanics behind Skoda’s straightforward range of practical town and city cars has proven so reliable and increased in popularity over time.

They deliver models from city car to saloon, and as you’d expect in today’s market, there’s a couple of SUV models thrown in to complete the set.

Skoda supply an abundance of choice and trim for differing budgets

There are a plethora of trim levels available for every model—and that’s not forgetting Skoda’s entry into the electric car market too.

The Skoda Citigoe iV

Skoda’s 4-seater city car electric model is powered exclusively by a 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery allowing for a range of 265km. With zero emissions and compact dimensions, the Cititgoe iV is the ideal city car, taking into account its practical interior storage, nimble footprint and ecological performance.

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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