How to use windshield washer and wipers on Toyota Fortuner

The Toyota Fortuner is a popular SUV that comes equipped with a windshield wiper and washer system to help maintain clear visibility while driving in inclement weather. These features are essential for safe driving, especially during rainy or snowy weather conditions.

In this article, we will explain how to use the windshield wiper and washer system on a Toyota Fortuner, including the different wiper modes and washer functions, to ensure that you have a clear view of the road ahead. Whether you’re a new Fortuner owner or just need a refresher, this guide will provide you with all the information you need to use these important features effectively.


The windshield wiper and washer controls on a Toyota Fortuner are located on the stalk on the left side of the steering wheel column. This stalk contains several different controls that allow you to adjust the speed and mode of the windshield wipers, as well as activate the windshield washer system.

The windshield washer and wiper control stalk is located on the left side of the steering wheel column in right hand drive Fortuner, and on the right side of the steering wheel column in left hand drive Fortuner.

Using windshield wipers

Intermittent operation

To turn on the windshield wipers, simply push the stalk down to the second level. The wipers will begin to move across the windshield intermittently. The intermittent wiper mode causes the wipers to wipe the windshield at regular intervals, rather than continuously. You can adjust the interval between wipes by turning the ring at the center of the stalk.

Adjusting intermittent operation speed

Wiper interval can be adjusted when intermittent operation is selected. Rotating the speed control switch counterclockwise increases the intermittent windshield wiper frequency, and rotating the switch clockwise decreases the intermittent windshield wiper frequency.

Low speed operation

Pushing the stalk down past the second detent will activate the low-speed wiper mode. This mode causes the wipers to wipe the windshield at a higher speed than the intermittent mode.

High speed operation

Pushing the stalk down again will activate the high-speed wiper mode, which causes the wipers to move at their fastest speed.

Temporary operation

From the off position, pushing the stalk up will temporarily turn on the windshield wipers and will turn off when you release the stalk.


Using windshield washer

To activate the windshield washer system, pull the stalk toward you. This will cause a burst of washer fluid to be sprayed onto the windshield, followed by the wipers moving across the windshield to clear away the fluid.

Push the stalk towards you to activate windshield washer and wipers.

Rear window wiper and washer

In addition to the windshield wiper and washer system, the Toyota Fortuner is also equipped with a rear window wiper and washer system. This system is designed to help maintain visibility out of the rear window, especially in rainy or snowy weather conditions.

Rear window wiper control knob off position.

To activate the rear window wiper, locate the control switch on the left side of the steering wheel column. The switch has three positions: Off, Intermittent, and Normal operation. To turn on the wiper, move the switch to the On position. The wiper will begin to move across the rear window at a low speed.

Rear window wiper control knob normal continuous wiping position.

Intermittent wiping

If you prefer to use the intermittent mode, move the switch to the Intermittent position. This mode causes the wiper to move across the rear window at regular intervals, rather than continuously. You can adjust the interval between wipes by turning the knob located at the end of the control switch.

Intermittent wiping position for rear window.

Activating rear window washer

In addition to turning on the rear window wiper, you can also activate the rear window washer system. To do this, push the control stalk away from you. This will cause a burst of washer fluid to be sprayed onto the rear window, followed by the wiper moving across the window to clear away the fluid.

Push the stalk away from you to activate rear window washer and wipers.

In summary, the windshield and rear window wiper and washer controls on a Toyota Fortuner are located on the stalk on the left side of the steering wheel column. With these controls, you can adjust the speed and mode of the wipers, as well as activate the windshield washer system. By understanding how to use these features effectively, you can ensure that you have a clear view of the road ahead, even in inclement weather conditions.

Safety precautions

When using the windshield and rear window wiper and washer systems on a Toyota Fortuner, there are several important safety precautions to keep in mind:

Keep the windshield and rear window clean

Regularly cleaning the windshield and rear window can help to ensure that the wipers are functioning properly and that visibility is not obstructed. Use a quality windshield cleaning solution and a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe the windshield and rear window.


Do not use the wipers on a dry windshield

Running the wipers on a dry windshield can damage the wiper blades and scratch the windshield. Make sure to activate the washer fluid before turning on the wipers to ensure that there is enough moisture on the windshield.

Use the appropriate wiper speed for the weather conditions

Using the wrong wiper speed can decrease visibility and increase the risk of accidents. Use the low-speed wiper mode in light rain or mist, and the high-speed wiper mode in heavy rain or snow.

Keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir full

Regularly check the windshield washer fluid level and refill it when necessary. Running out of washer fluid can decrease visibility and make it difficult to clear away dirt and debris from the windshield.

Replace wiper blades as needed

Wiper blades can become worn or damaged over time, reducing their effectiveness. Replace the wiper blades when they start to streak or skip across the windshield.

By following these safety precautions, you can ensure that the windshield and rear window wiper and washer systems on your Toyota Fortuner are functioning properly and helping to maintain clear visibility while driving.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com