Buick Encore Owners & Service Manuals

Buick Encore: Windshield Wiper/Washer

Windshield Wiper/Washer

The windshield wiper/washer lever is on the right side of the steering column.

Move the lever to one of the following positions: HI : Use for fast wipes.

LO : Use for slow wipes.

Windshield Wiper/Washer

INT : Use this setting for intermittent wipes or Rainsense, if equipped.

For intermittent wipes, move the windshield wiper lever to INT. Turn thex INT band up for more frequent wipes or down for less frequent wipes.

If equipped with Rainsense wipes, see "Rainsense" later in this section.

OFF : Use to turn the wipers off.

1X : For a single wipe, briefly move the wiper lever down. For several wipes, hold the wiper lever down.

b : Pull the windshield wiper lever toward you to spray windshield washer fluid and activate the wipers.

The wipers will continue until the lever is released or the maximum wash time is reached. When the windshield wiper lever is released, additional wipes may occur depending on how long the windshield washer had been activated. See Washer Fluid for information on filling the windshield washer fluid reservoir.

Wipe Parking

If the ignition is turned off while the wipers are on LO, HI, or INT, they will immediately stop.

If the windshield wiper lever is then moved to OFF before the driver door is opened or within 10 minutes, the wipers will restart and move to the base of the windshield.

If the ignition is turned off while the wipers are performing wipes due to windshield washing or Rainsense wipes, the wipers continue to run until they reach the base of the windshield.

Warning

In freezing weather, do not use the washer until the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the washer fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your vision.

Warning

Before driving the vehicle, always clear snow and ice from the hood, windshield, roof, and rear of the vehicle, including all lamps and windows. Reduced visibility from snow and ice buildup could lead to a crash

Clear snow and ice from the wiper blades before using them. If frozen to the windshield, carefully loosen or thaw them. Damaged wiper blades should be replaced. See Wiper Blade Replacement

Heavy snow or ice can overload the wiper motor. A circuit breaker will stop the motor until it cools down.

Rainsense

If equipped with Rainsense, a sensor near the top center of the windshield detects the amount of water on the windshield and controls the frequency of the windshield wiper.

Keep the sensor free from debris to allow for best system performance.

INT : When enabled, move the windshield wiper lever to INT. Turn the INT band on the wiper lever to adjust the sensitivity.

Rainsense

  • Turn the band up for more sensitivity to moisture.
  • Turn the band down for less sensitivity to moisture.
  • Move the windshield wiper lever out of the INT position to deactivate Rainsense.

Wiper Arm Assembly Protection

When using an automatic car wash, move the windshield wiper lever to OFF. This disables the automatic Rainsense windshield wipers and/or manual windshield wipers.

With Rainsense, if the transmission is in N (Neutral) and the vehicle speed is very slow, the wipers will automatically stop at the base of the windshield.

The wiper operations return to normal when the transmission is no longer in N (Neutral) or the vehicle speed has increased.

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