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Test (jumper) to see if washer motor or switch is broke

Does anyone know how to check to see where the problem lies - the washer motor or the switch on the steering column? I checked fuses and put a new washer motor in, but no success. This leaves the switch, but I think I'll have to remove the steering wheel w/air bag and I hear that is a real mess to do. I want to be sure before I start down this road....

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  • walla2c Feb 14, 2009

    The car is a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. Any tips on how to remove the steering wheel to get to the wiper switch?



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If you replaced the motor then it is your switch that is bad. Be careful doing this as not to set off your airbag. Un hook both your wires to your battery to really make sure you cover yourself. When airbags go off they hurt especially when you are working on something and they pop. Good luck please rate. Thank you for using FIXYA.COM

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    Jeremy Reddick Feb 14, 2009

    There should be two screws located on the bottom of the stearing colum. Remove those two screws and you can get the bottom cover off. After that the top cover wont lift all the way off but will realease enough to get the screw driver in there and enough for you to see.



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