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Unread 02-17-2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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Windshield wiper problems

Hey all, sorry for another wiper thread, I've searched and searched but I'm not sure what step to take next. I'm a new cherokee owner but I've got 2 wranglers so I'm not new to the jeep world. My cherokee is a 96, country edition. When I bought it the wipers didn't work at all, only the washer fluid worked, but they gave me $300 off the price to take it as is. After doing research on here I found a guy parting one out and managed to get the circuit breaker, intermittant module and wiper motor for $20. I figured might as well buy all 3 at once for that price. Anyway, tried the circuit breaker first, then the module and neither fixed it so I threw in the motor and hi and low worked fine but not intermittant but I really didn't care enough at that point to dig deeper. Then one night I hop in, turn the jeep on and the windshield wipers randomly turned on and parked halfway up the windshield. They still work on high and low but won't park, the just stay in the middle of the windshield. It doesn't matter what position they're in when I turn them off, they always stop at the same place. I tried taking the intermittant module out and plugging the harnesses into each other with no change. I'm wondering if I should try another module or if it's time to start looking at wiring. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance

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Unread 02-17-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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The intermittent issue is pretty common, if you've replaced the motor and intermittant module then the last piece is the stalk. They run about $45-80 on rockauto.

For the parking issue, try removing the wipers and looking at the bushings. There is a thread on here where someone got some generic bushings from the Help section of a local parts store and popped them in. I don't think they were as bad as yours sound though.

edit: Here's the thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/w...s-jeep-268354/
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Unread 02-18-2011, 09:17 AM   #3
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The parking function is controlled by a switch in the transmission for the wiper motor assembly.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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The parking function is controlled by a switch in the transmission for the wiper motor assembly.
The technical name is the parking Paul, not to be confused with the parking John, Parking George or the more rare, Parking Ringo.
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Unread 02-19-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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Ok, is it possible to just replace the Paul or should I replace the whole motor with one from the JY? I do still have the old motor, I'm thinking if it's easy enough I could just try to change out the switch. What exactly am I looking for inside the motor? Thanks for all the help!
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Unread 02-19-2011, 06:34 PM   #6
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Ok, is it possible to just replace the Paul or should I replace the whole motor with one from the JY? I do still have the old motor, I'm thinking if it's easy enough I could just try to change out the switch. What exactly am I looking for inside the motor? Thanks for all the help!
Dude, that was a joke. Paul, George, John, Ringo get it?

I have not done the wipers on a jeep, but on many others so.... it sounds like your wiper motor is functioning properly since it stops in the same place every time. I just sounds like your linkage is off, maybe 180 degrees out or so. Might want to cycle the wipers and when it stops, pull the crank off the motor and install it with the wipers in the proper park position.
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Unread 02-27-2011, 02:31 PM   #7
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Ok, here's the update. I got tired of the wipers being halfway up the windshield so I started just pushing them down manually. Randomly, after pushing them down twice, everything works perfectly now. They park correctly and the intermittant works perfectly, which it hasn't done since I've owned it. I don't know if pushing them reset something or what, I guess it's just a Jeep thing lol.
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