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Windshield wipers stopped working with heavy snow cover

We had a heavy snowfall last night and I turned the windshield wipers on before I cleared the snow. They went up halfway and stopped working. I cleared the snow, checked the fuse, restarted the car and they slowly came back to life. While driving to work all the snow on my roof melted and slid down onto the windshield. Wipers died again. Obviously, the Kia doesn't like heavy snow. If I am fastidious about snow removal in the future will this resolve the problem? Or should I take the car to the dealer? I bought the car used within the last month, and other than this problem, love the car.

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  • keith lind jr Apr 13, 2013

    what happens when the resistor cools but they still don't work its sound like they want to but just won't move. is it the wiper switch if so how do i replace that?

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The windshield wiper circuit has an circuit breaker in it, under heavy load this breaker trips to protect the wiper motor, when the motor cools, the breaker resets automatically restoring proper wiper action.

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