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Front windscreen wipers only work when car is moving

If stationery front wipers will not work even with the engine running and in gear, front washers not working atall.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

It would seem that you have 2 issues:

  • wipers work only when vehicle is in motion - as Ekse has posted possibly motor or wiring. If I may add, check the grounding specially;
  • washers don't work at all - could mean either the washer pump is defective, its connectors detached, it is not receiving +12 when activate, the tubing leading to the washer holes are clogged and/or the holes are covered with dried up dust and grime.
Pls post back result(s). Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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Check and test the washer motors and wireing. You are talking about the windshield washers on the front window?

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HI. I have the same problem with my 2.0 TDI golf. Wipers only work when the car is moving forwards and washers not at all. My first thoughts are that this a battery problem. This started shortly after the car alarm went off for no apparent reasonearlier today.

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