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Old 09-23-2015, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default wipers coming on randomly

My 1997 sw2 recently started having its wipers coming on by themselves. The car has 208,000 miles on it now. What causes this to happen?

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Old 09-23-2015, 09:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: wipers coming on randomly

Make sure the drains on the cowl area are free and clear if it accumulates here it can get the circuit board and wiper motor wet.

If that all checks out more then likely its the circuit board failing. At least u know the motor is good

Think reman stuff is around the 70-80$ mark, unless u can happen upon a low mileage one at the junkyard.

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Old 09-23-2015, 09:49 AM   #3
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Default Re: wipers coming on randomly

I am experiencing the same problem and I'm pretty sure its the switch. I changed the wiper motor last week, cleaned out the drains and the problem persist. I'm going to order the multifunction wiper switch next. I'll let you know how it went. Probably next weekend.

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Old 09-23-2015, 01:50 PM   #4
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Ok ill check out the drains. i was thinking the switch might have an issue also, seems like if i hit a hard enough bump the wipers turn on

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Old 09-23-2015, 02:01 PM   #5
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That happens to me now and then in the winter for some reason.

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Old 09-23-2015, 09:29 PM   #6
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Default Re: wipers coming on randomly

had that happen to a few saturns. It was the wiper motor assembly..

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Old 09-23-2015, 10:27 PM   #7
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Default Re: wipers coming on randomly

Mine went through a stage of coming on in a left turn. Certain I was not hitting switch. Went away on its own. Really weird when it happened.

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Old 10-10-2015, 07:00 PM   #8
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Ok sorry it took so long, I had a heck of a time trying to find a 5.5mm nut driver locally, had to order it online. I swapped out the switch on my 96 this morning, so far its been working as intended. But only time will tell. My symptoms were it was on high at all times. No intermittent, No low, No mist, No off but the washer worked. I also had a problem with my 94 wipers some years back. On my 94 it was the motor they simply refused to park. They either parked mid-windshield or refused to park at all. The switch worked on all settings on the 94. The one thing i should have done first was check for resistants on the wires up at the motor before i replaced it

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Old 10-10-2015, 07:33 PM   #9
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Thanks for resolution update. Need more of that here.

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