Subaru Forester: Driving on snowy and icy roads / Wiper operation when snowing

Before driving in cold weather, make sure the wiper blade rubbers are not frozen to the windshield or rear window.

If the wiper blade rubbers are frozen to the windshield or rear window, perform the following procedure.

  • To thaw the windshield wiper blade rubbers, use the defroster with the airflow selection in Subaru Forester. Wiper operation when snowing and the temperature set for maximum warmth until the wiper blade rubbers are completely thawed. Refer to “Climate control”.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with a wiper deicer, use it. It is helpful to thaw the windshield wiper blade rubbers. Refer to “Defogger and deicer”.
  • To thaw the rear wiper blade rubbers, use the rear window defogger. Refer to “Defogger and deicer”.

When driving in snow, if frozen snow starts to stick on the surface of the windshield despite wiper operation, use the defroster with the airflow selection in Subaru Forester. Wiper operation when snowing and the temperature set for maximum warmth. After the windshield gets warmed enough to melt the frozen snow on it, wash it away using the windshield washer. Refer to “Windshield washer”.

Snow stuck on the wiper arm prevents the wiper from working effectively. If snow is stuck on the wiper arm, pull off the road to a safe place, then remove it. If you stop the vehicle at road side, use the hazard warning flasher to alert other drivers. Refer to “Hazard warning flasher”.

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