The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Second (W169) Generation, 2004-2012, offered in two hatchback body styles, was praised for its precision tracking, ample airbags, selective damping system, and more. The German vehicle was made available as a 3-door and 5-door compact car. The W169 was popular but, like any new vehicle, a few common issues came to light; some owners complained of windshield wiper malfunction.
When the wipers fail to work, many Benz owners assume the issue is the motor, which is a possibility. Oftentimes, however, the wipers will still function when the driver presses the wash button. This suggests that the issue is not the motor, but rather an indicator lever connection problem. Similarly, if the windshield wipers begin to work when you wiggle or fuss with the lever, it is quite unlikely that a faulty motor is to blame.
Some owners attempt to troubleshoot these malfunctions on their own. Many check fuses. Some go so far as to swap out the wiper motor, which can be a waste of money and time if this part is not the issue. Regardless, both visibility and steering are safety matters, neither of which should be ignored, and a call to an expert is ideal.
For a professional opinion, we recommend consulting an independent German import service specialist. These German auto experts will be familiar with your make and model and its common problems. They can safely yet affordably troubleshoot and then repair any wiper, steering column, or other matters of concern regarding your A-Class Benz.
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