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    Default headlight wipers

    Seems one wiper is stuck in midposition; maybe wiper motor going out?
    Estimated cost of repair?
    Are these critical, or not?
    Can I leave inactive in the horizontal position and if so how to do that?
    Or can I remove them and how?
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    Super useful when you get sand and slush on the road which dries on the headlights, obscuring vision.

    Rarely needed in Virginia Beach, for example. Very handy in Vermont.

    The motor is expensive. Like $275 for new. Used are getting hard to find but I would try Erie Vo-Vo.

    Takes a bit of effort to change a motor. Have to remove bumper cover and headlight to get at the motor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astro14 View Post
    Super useful when you get sand and slush on the road which dries on the headlights, obscuring vision.

    Rarely needed in Virginia Beach, for example. Very handy in Vermont.

    The motor is expensive. Like $275 for new. Used are getting hard to find but I would try Erie Vo-Vo.

    Takes a bit of effort to change a motor. Have to remove bumper cover and headlight to get at the motor.
    Thanks for your reply.
    I hear you on their utility. I do clean down the headlights when I fill up on gas.
    I do not think it will be worth the repair cost.
    How can I move that one wiper that is stuck in midposition to a horizontal position or just remove?
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    I had one bad wiper motor on my 02, the gears were stripped, the local recycle yard has a pick and pull, got one for $5, along with some other stuff, they don't specialize in volvo's but they have a few to choose from, they charge the same money for domestic or foreign parts, check your local yards. or just remove the arm nut under the black cover and reposition the arm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKAMick View Post
    just remove the arm nut under the black cover and reposition the arm.
    And disconnect the power wire behind the headlamp so it can't move again

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    btw, how are these activated? i cant find the controller for them... or do they come on with the wipers automatically?

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    also i have figured out how they work, cleaning, and my passenger side is out, i just found a used one on fleabay for 25 bux there are a bunch for xc v70's ,both sides.

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    I think they're activated only when you hit the wash function (pull the right stalk towards you) for your front windshield. On my 02, my headlight wipers started acting wonky after awhile. I'd look at the front of the car and notice that one or the other was out of position. It hadn't returned to the "rest" position after I had washed my windshield. It's not that hard to reposition them by rotating up the black end cap, loosening the nut (but leave it on the bolt), and then using needlenose pliers to squeeze the wiper arms forward enough on the bolt so they can be moved to the rest position.

    I was having to do this on a regular basis. My only question with a used replacement motor is how long before that motor goes on the fritz? Maybe for $25 you give it a shot.
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    The wiper motor fails because the plastic gears strip because the lubrication grease gets hard and dry and the shaft lubrication also gets dry, if you pick up a used unit it is advised to repack with fresh grease.
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    Following up on the above suggestions, I returned the wipers to the resting horizontal position, and disconnected wire powering the motor (no bumper removal necessary). Thanks again all.
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