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Old 01-15-2018, 06:34 PM   #1
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Well, I took it apart and everything started working again...... Nothing was loose when I took it apart.

Good this morning and then crapped out again on the way home.

Squirters work and when I try to use the wipers I can hear a faint clunk/ping type of noise like it wanted to cycle.

Pretty sure at this point it is a wiper motor and board I am needing, just wanted to make sure I'm not crazy.

Already called NAPA they can have one for me Wed. when I am off. Going to be cold doing it in the driveway......

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Old 01-15-2018, 08:47 PM   #2
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Well, I took it apart and everything started working again...... Nothing was loose when I took it apart.

Good this morning and then crapped out again on the way home.

Squirters work and when I try to use the wipers I can hear a faint clunk/ping type of noise like it wanted to cycle.

Pretty sure at this point it is a wiper motor and board I am needing, just wanted to make sure I'm not crazy.

Already called NAPA they can have one for me Wed. when I am off. Going to be cold doing it in the driveway......
Check when you have it out that the transmission is not stripped on the wiper end or where the motor connects to it (check the arms as well).... if so a JY run is required, or source it from a local SF

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Old 01-15-2018, 09:55 PM   #3
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Check when you have it out that the transmission is not stripped on the wiper end or where the motor connects to it (check the arms as well).... if so a JY run is required, or source it from a local SF
I tore it down to short of pulling the wiper motor out. When it works, it all works normally then goes dead.

I heard the noise when zero movement happened as well.

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Old 01-15-2018, 10:30 PM   #4
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The connector is known to cause problems such as you are seeing. The connector is in a very hostile environment. Have you given it a good cleaning and inspection?

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Old 01-16-2018, 07:36 PM   #5
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The connector is known to cause problems such as you are seeing. The connector is in a very hostile environment. Have you given it a good cleaning and inspection?
Pulled it when I was poking around the other day, everything was tight and decently clean looking.

It's pretty much been dead on arrival since working the rest of the day and next morning after I played with it.

It also started working after I put an extension on the motor and gave it a few love taps

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Old 01-16-2018, 08:16 PM   #6
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If mechanical vibration of the motor results in renewed operation then it is time to dig up a replacement.

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Old 01-16-2018, 08:31 PM   #7
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When disassembling DC motors, unless you see initial damage to wiring, micro switches or mechanical parts, the unseen wear and tear occurs to the commutator and brushes (both using copper). When brushes wear down like starters from years of reliable use, the motors can simply fail or run intermittently. Love taps is the equivalent of realigning worn brushes for one more run. Starters wear out the same way if the solenoid and heavy duty electrical contacts don't fail. You may have read of suggestions to bang the starter with a piece of 2x4 lumber - the same last ditch attempt to get the starter to work to confirm its worn and time to replace it. Wiper motors use the same basic operation of brushes and commutator that wear away over time. You'd have to disassemble the wiper motor all the way down to examining the brushes for wear.

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For what it's worth:

I've found that getting a JY replacement, is the most economical way to go... unless you really want to sink $125+ into a new wiper motor. Rockauto has new wiper motors ranging from $55-$150.

I've just gone to the JY and pulled used wiper motors when the ones in my cars have gone bad. In most cases- the JY replacement (at a cost of $15-$30) has lasted the rest of the time that I have owned the car.

Here is the Rockauto link for a new replacement for the Wiper Motor.


http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/s...per+motor,8824

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Old 01-17-2018, 03:33 PM   #9
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Good news and bad news.

Good news in new motor was a 100% fix, bad news is new motor does not sound happy......

New motor will still in place until temperature is in the 50s or it fails.

Just my luck, but at least I have wipers now

Hardest part was getting the damned wiper assembly out and back in, still only took about 30 minutes to get out working in the driveway at 20deg.

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