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

A typical Toyota front wiper motor replacement in the UK costs around £142 - £368. Depending on your Toyota 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 Toyota 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 Toyota Yaris£142 - £223
Front wiper motor replacement for Toyota Aygo£142 - £223
Front wiper motor replacement for Toyota Auris£234 - £368
Front wiper motor replacement for Toyota RAV4£234 - £368
Front wiper motor replacement for Toyota Prius£234 - £368
Front wiper motor replacement for Toyota Corolla£234 - £368
Front wiper motor replacement for Toyota Avensis£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 Toyota 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.

Toyota

The Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer, established in 1937, over 80 years ago.

Toyota was the first manufacturer to produce more than 10million vehicles a year, and it has continued to do so since 2012. There are currently 1.7million on the roads in the UK—a number that has shown consistent growth since their introduction to the UK market.

High-quality motoring—right across the board

Toyota’s current range features luxury saloons, hatchbacks and SUVs, all of which are receiving the steady design upgrade from what were once sensible and steady looking vehicles, into sleeker looking executive sports lines, capable of turning heads at every junction.

Toyota: Market leaders in all-electric and hybrid motoring

Worldwide, Toyota is the market leader in hybrid electric vehicle sales. It’s introduction of the Prius in 1997, the first commercially mass-produced vehicle of its kind, set them on their way as leaders in the field. The UK is no exception, as there are over 80k Prius models on our roads.

There’s more to Toyota than good economy and sensible motoring

As much as the modern market leans towards family SUV motoring and super efficient hybrid fuel economy, don’t be fooled into thinking Toyota is stuck into a single groove.

For those who want more excitement than economy from their driving experience, Toyota makes a selection of cars with much more clout than their sensible city options.

Grab a Toyota GR Supra and you’ll be propelled from 0–62mph in 4.3 seconds using every ounce of its 335bhp. If you want a car that was built for fun and have a spare £52k to lose, then why not put one on your shopping list? As with other Toyota models, it offers great value for the amount of car you’ll be getting.

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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