Thanks, I ended up figuring it out but I think I made the car worse - My battery is almost completely drained, and I don't know how or why this happened.
Let me first explain how I ended up fixing the problem, and then I'll tell you how it led to the next issue -
The reason the wipers did not function is because the previous owner switched out wiper motors, and only connected 3 of the 5 wires, because only 3 were the same color. He lucked out with the red, and the ground was obvious, but the third was incorrect. I had to do some sleuthing, and I ended up taking the red wire for hi, that worked, and touched it to all the motor wires until I found the lower speed.
Then I took all the wires from the car and touched them to that when it was switched to lo on the inside, until I found the low wipers. Then here's where something screwed up -
One wire had a constant current no matter what the switch was set to. This was the park wire. The one that parks the wipers when the wipers are switched off. But I touched it to the delay wire on the motor, the one that causes the motor to stop running in between wipes. When I did this, the car went a little loopy, the radio shut off, I lost my stored stations, a cd popped out, and all the lights looked a bit dim.
As the minutes went on, I finally fixed the wipers, but the car wouldn't start. I suppose it didn't have enough juice. And then the power drained more and more and more. I checked all my fuses, none of them are blown.
- Could I have just drained my battery almost completely in that 1-2 seconds I touched the wrong wires together? Did I blow some fuse that I am not aware of in the circuit breaker?
- What are those big metal circles on the circuit breaker?
- Is there a simple way to figure out what I screwed up?
I guess for my own sake, I'm going to try and jump the car. I don't know what on earth I did besides touch those two wires together... Could I have caused a wire to explode or something inside the car somewhere? The switch works completely fine. I hope someone has so much experience that they know exactly what I did! or can at least guide me in figuring this out.
Thank you so much!