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Fix Slow Volvo Wipers on 850, V70, S70 and XC70s

Tools needed to fix slow Volvo wipers:

  • T25 Torx screwdriver
  • 10mm wrench
  • 13mm wrench
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Grease
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Cordless drill

Need information on how to fix slow Volvo wipers? You’ve come to the right place!

This is a comprehensive guide with pictures to cure wipers that have slowed with age on 850, V70, S70 and XC70 models.

fix slow volvo wipers with practical advice from Matthew's Volvo site
Wiper post

If you are reasonably good with tools, it is fairly easy to fix slow Volvo wipers. Just read below and follow our simple pictures and instructions.

Q: “The wipers on my 1994 Volvo 855 have been getting slower and slower with time. A few squirts of lubricant on the exposed shaft helped a bit, but was not a permanent solution. What can I do to make this a longer-lasting fix?”

A: Here’s a few pics and procedure for doing a more thorough repair:

Fix for slow wipers

This common Volvo problem is related to how the wipers are mounted to a shaft with a bushing. Over time the bushing becomes dry and corrodes, and this makes the wipers move slower. Left unattended, they will eventually stop moving at all.

850 wiper arm
850 wiper arm
Wiper post
Wiper post

Another issue may be that the motor has failed, but that’s not common. To check the motor, disconnect it from the ball joint and turn on the wiper switch to see if it runs.

If it runs, it is the bearing seizing. Take out the shafts and buff them carefully with a fine-grit sandpaper. Then lubricate with waterproof grease.

Fix for slow wipers

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