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Not sure what happened, started the car, hit the washer to clean the windshield and now the wipers stay in the low setting....it will go to HIGH, but not intermittent or off....

ANyone have this problem and if so, is it something that can be fixed easily? ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT...

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It is most likely a build up of leaves/debri in the drains for the wiper motor. Open the hood and reach under the driver's side wiper arm. Below that is the wiper motor. On the bottom of the motor are 2 rubber cones that are meant to let water drain out of the motor. Occasionally they'll seal closed and retain water. There is a split on the bottom of each. Peal it open and pull out the gunk. Once it dries out it your wiper should turn off.
 

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mdbennes said:
Not sure what happened, started the car, hit the washer to clean the windshield and now the wipers stay in the low setting....it will go to HIGH, but not intermittent or off....

ANyone have this problem and if so, is it something that can be fixed easily? ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT...

Mike
Did a search on "wipers" for you. Here is the content for a possible fix from Rocket Sled. Hope it helps.


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RocketSled is offline I had this problem with my 98. Here's the scoop...

The wiper motor is located in a "tub" at the rear corner of the engine compartment, at the firewall, just in front of the driver side. The tub has a couple of large drainage holes with sleeved rubber extentions that protrude down from the bottom of the tub by about 3 inches. The bottoms of these sleeves are constricted (smaller than the tops by a substantial margin). I think this is to keep water from splashing up into the tub from under the car. Unfortunately, the sleeves load up with crap like "tree sperm" (aka Sphagnum Moss or the like) and the tub doesn't drain well. If you have some really heavy rain (which is when I first had the problem), the wiper motor gets submerged and water gets into the motor assembly. There's a cam-drive switch inside the motor that tells the wiper controller that the wipers are at the "home" position and that the controller can park the wipers. Water in the system keeps the contactor from breaking circuit. The wiper controller never gets the signal that the blades are in the home position and so it never tries to park the wipers. The wipers run continuously.

I was able to "fix" mine by removing the bezel in front of the windsheild (the thing that covers the wiper linkage and motor, and cabin vent inlet) and; clean out the drain holes so the stupid tub won't hold water (just poked a stick into them and pushed the crud out the bottom), removed the connector from the wiper motor and then heated the motor assembly with a heat gun for about 1/2 hour. I also blew some "wire drier" spray into the connector before plugging it back together (though I'm not sure it helped/matter).

This all dried it out nicely and the problem went away.
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Great info guys...thanks...I will give that a shot...

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Tried it without success. The two sleeves were clear...and they are still doing it. Is there a fuse I can pull to keep them from working? I looked in the fuse box and couldnt figure out which one it was...

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This happenned to me when I first bought my Z new. Turned out to be the circuit board. Fixed under warranty. I had to pull the fuse to stop the damned things from scoring the glass.
 

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Not good for me since mine isn't under warranty anymore...
 

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Don't drive it, till it rains!! HEHE. Sorry.

Pull the fuse. Take it in and get a cost on a fix.

I usually now just email my Service Manager with the problem and he emails me back with the fix and/or costs and parts needed. If you don't have such a "good-guy" Service Mgr, I'll be willing to send a msg to my SM.

Let me know.
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Thanks Bill...if you don't mind, I am here in NJ and just here temporarily until August, so I don't know anyone in this area. I plan to talk to the service manager at a dealership tomorrow, but if you have more info, that would be great...thanks.

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Ok.

Just emailed him tonight. I'll get a response during the business day tomorrow. I'll post it up for everyone.

Good luck.
Bill. :)
 

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Is there a fuse I can pull to keep them from working? I looked in the fuse box and couldnt figure out which one it was...

Mike
There is a fuse panel in the passenger side footwell under the floor mat. There is a diagram on the lid showing which fuse to pull.
 

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Well...had the first problem fixed on the Z...the wiper switch was bad and had it replaced. So, 351.00 later :mad: , its fixed. Almost scared to turn them on now...hopefully thats the last thing to go...

And it wasn't under warranty....

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Well...had the first problem fixed on the Z...the wiper switch was bad and had it replaced. So, 351.00 later :mad: , its fixed. Almost scared to turn them on now...hopefully thats the last thing to go...

And it wasn't under warranty....

Mike
:jawdrop: Sorry to hear about the wiper problem. That must be one heck of a switch. Hopefully the weather this weekend is sunny and you really get to enjoy the car :coo:
 

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mdbennes said:
Well...had the first problem fixed on the Z...the wiper switch was bad and had it replaced. So, 351.00 later :mad: , its fixed. Almost scared to turn them on now...hopefully thats the last thing to go...

And it wasn't under warranty....

Mike
I just found another reason not to drive in the Rain ;)
 
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