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Sounds like the windshield wiper motor needs to be replaced. The gear inside may be stripped so you'll hear it running but it won't do anything. I've had that happen with the rear wiper motor. Hope that helps.
Water can enter and displace the grease in the wiper arm linkage ball joint where the wiper linkage attaches to the wiper motor linkage.
This can result in gradual wear over a period of time inside the joint that could lead to the separation of the wiper linkage assembly from the wiper motor linkage at the ball joint. A loss of windshield wiper function can result when this separation occurs.
To prevent grease from being washed out of the joint, the dealers will modify by adding a water diversion seal that will prevent water from entering the windshield wiper linkage ball joint area.
Windshield Wipers Continue to Run When Turn Signal and Windshield Wiper Switch Are Turned OFF
Damaged turn signal and windshield wiper switch .
Damaged windshield wiper motor .
Damaged windshield wiper control module.
Wiper Motor Ground (Park)
Wiper Module to Wiper Motor (Park Switch)
Wiper Motor Power (Park Feed)
Wiper Motor Common (RUN)
Wiper Motor LO
Wiper Motor HI
Windshield Wiper System
The windshield wiper system consists of :
Windshield wiper motor (17508) (F-type).
Windshield wiper control module.
Turn signal and windshield wiper switch (13K359).
The windshield wiper control module is:
Located at the instrument panel fuse panel.
The windshield wiper motor is:
Attached to the cowl top extension (021A36) .
Connected to windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft (17566) .
The turn signal and windshield wiper switch features a:
Rotary wiper switch.
Push type washer actuator.
Has a two-speed, permanent magnet, three brush electric windshield wiper motor .
The windshield wiper motor has a brush rigging that permits selection of low or high speed.
When the turn signal and windshield wiper switch is in the LO position, the common brush and the blue/orange wire brush are used, and the windshield wiper motor operates at low speed.
When the turn signal and windshield wiper switch is in the HI position, the common brush and the white wire brush are used.
In HI position, electric current will bypass a portion of the armature winding causing the windshield wiper motor to operate faster.
When the turn signal and windshield wiper switch is moved to the OFF position, the windshield wiper motor will continue at low speed until the park switch outer contacts open.
When the park switch contacts open, the windshield wiper motor stops in the park position.
When the turn signal and windshield wiper switch is in the interval position:
The wipers make single wipes separated by pauses.
The rotary switch is on the end of turn signal and windshield wiper switch .
The length of the pause can be set from approximately 1 to 17 seconds.
Length of pause decreases as the rotary switch is rotated away from off.
Length of pause increases as the rotary switch is rotated toward off.
While in the interval wiper mode:
It is normal to hear a slight click at the beginning of each on/pause cycle.
NOTE: When using interval wipers, the first wipe may not occur until after a pause of up to 17 seconds.
they have grooves that are supposed to keep them in there. If not, you can place a little bit of silicone type glue to the grooved shaft. If it has no grooves, the only solution is to replace the motor with a known good one. If the wipers freeze during cold winters, some people don't wait to defrost the windshield, they turn on the wipers as soon as they turn on the car. this will cause damage to the wiper motor and or the wipers.doing this enough times the small grooves on the motor shaft will wear down.
Most likely you will have to replace the wiper linkage from the center pivot to the left or drivers-side wiper pivot. The plastic piece in the linkage gets brittle over time and breaks down. To save a hassle in the future, replace both linkages. It should be under $20.00 for parts.