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post #1 of 12 Old 02-26-2010, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield Wipers: Not working!

Hey fellas,

Driving down the freeway, in the rain, and the wipers just stop working right in the middle of the windshield. Thankfully, I had Rain-X on the windshield and gave me a clear line of site down the road, lol. Got to school, parked the Jeep, and shut her off. After about 10 minutes of waiting, the wipers worked! The rain stopped and I went and enjoyed the rest of my day.

But then, today, the wipers stopped working AGAIN, in the rain, on the freeway.

What is going on here? Maybe the motor? Where should I look first?

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-26-2010, 12:59 PM
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My first guess is that your wiring leading to the wiper motor has shorted out, usually from a pinched wire where you collapse your windshield. Drop it down and inspect the wires.
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-26-2010, 01:02 PM
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the water probably shorted out a wire somewhere

and fwiw, if you have rain x on the windshield your not supposed to use your wipers, it defeats the purpose
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Thanks fellas. I will check it out and get back to you.
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post #5 of 12 Old 02-26-2010, 03:05 PM
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Do you hear the motor run when the wipers are on, but not moving? Mine stopped working a while back, when I dropped the windshield I noticed the nut holding the linkage on fell off the motor. I put everything back together, all was good afterwards. I don't want you to spend the money on a new motor if it's not needed.

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No sound when I turn the wipers on. I kinda already thought about the linkage in stuff but there is no noise coming from the motor...
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Well do they work when dry? If its a wet-only issue its probably a short in the wire like said above.



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Well I dont usually use them when it is dry out. haha. It has to be the short in the wire. I will check it out today.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-26-2010, 06:35 PM
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IIRC the wipers are on a circuit breaker rather than a fuse. If it trips then they won't work until it resets itself after cooling down. It looks like a fuse, but made of metal and possibly stamped with something like 6.3 amps.

I had the same problem you are describing and it turned out to be the contacts in the fuse panel were corroded and causing the breaker to trip.

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-28-2010, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. I folded down the windshield and checked the wires and the ground wire's bolt was loose. (: Tightened er' up and made sure everything else looked good. Hopefully that fixed my issue. Thanks for the help.
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So what was the end result this is happening to me. Wipers start working in the beginning but as I get about 5-10 min of drinving in the rain they slowly stop working and this does not happen when it has been dry for at least a few hours.

Also, having a problem with my lighting. My dash lights and parking lights aren't working. my front right turn signal isn't working either but the bulb is fine all other turn signals work. My headlights and brake lights work. Fuse?
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So what was the end result this is happening to me. Wipers start working in the beginning but as I get about 5-10 min of drinving in the rain they slowly stop working and this does not happen when it has been dry for at least a few hours.

Also, having a problem with my lighting. My dash lights and parking lights aren't working. my front right turn signal isn't working either but the bulb is fine all other turn signals work. My headlights and brake lights work. Fuse?
My problem actually turned out to be the wire that runs from the wiper motor to where it plugs into another connector somewhere near the steering column under the dash. The wire had just enough of getting pinched when the windshield is folded up and bolted to the rollbar. I couldn't get just the wire so I had to replace the whole wiper motor.

As for the blinker issue, try replacing the flasher in the fuse panel under the dash (driver side). And for the dash and parking lights, try replacing the switch. It looks like this:

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