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Windshield wipers don't work

My 1994 Mercury Sable windshield wipers only work when I depress the wiper fluid resevoir locted on the wand. The intermitent wipers will work once in a while but most often not. Where is the relay located and can I swap it out. Can I fix or replace the switch in the steering column. The intermitent wipers did work when the weather was warmer. If that has anything to do with it? Thank You Fixya Experts

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  • Papa Smurf Jan 28, 2009

    I think you are right. I checked it out today. This is strange, I only get wipers when the headlight switch is pushed forward in high beams. When I move the wand to the left signal the wipers shut off and when moved to the right signal the wipers continue to work again. Once in low beam the wipers shut down. are wires touching or is it the relay. Something is shorting do you think?

  • Papa Smurf Jan 28, 2009

    Thanks now I am sure of what I need to do. This site is awesome. Thank You. God Bless

  • Papa Smurf Jan 28, 2009

    Is the wand independant of the switch wiring like a tool, or is there
    wires that lead to the dial at the end of the wand? I need to know if
    the wand at the column is the switch like a finger turning on a light
    switch, or is the finger the light switch. I can thereby rule out the
    wand.

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Ok, this is a steering column issue. The wiring needs to be replaced. Shouldn't cost much at all. also, the external switch may have issues as well but, i suggest you re wire your steering column to fix this problem.

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  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jan 28, 2009

    Absolutely, its defiantly a wire short/touching. this will damage the relay as well.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jan 29, 2009

    yes, the wand is the switch. it is the controller which, initiates the action.

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