Using the windshield wipers

The windshield wipers are designed to clean the windshield. The right-side steering wheel lever is used to adjust windshield wiper settings.
P6-1817-XC40 Windshield wipers and washers
Right-hand steering wheel lever.
  1. P5-Icon red circle 1The thumb wheel is used to set rain sensor sensitivity and interval wiper speed.

Single sweep

P5-1507-Windshield Single sweep

Move the lever down and release for a single sweep.

Wipers off

P5-1507-Windshield wiper off

Move the lever to position 0 to turn off the windshield wipers.

Interval wipers

P5-1507-Windshield, intermittent wiping

Move the lever upward to put the wipers in interval wiping mode. Set the number of sweeps per time unit with the thumb wheel when interval wipers are selected.

Continuous wipers

P5-1507-Windshield continuous wiping 1

Move the lever upward for the wipers to operate at normal speed.

P5-1507-Windshield continuous wiping 2

Move the lever upward again for the wipers to operate at high speed.


Before activating the wipers, make sure that the wiper blades are not frozen in place and that any snow or ice on the windshield and rear window has been scraped away.