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Window wiper problem

I have a problem with my window wipers on a saab 93 2004. When the window wipers are in the on position they sometimes dont work. Then sometimes they do work but wont turn off. When they dont work the washer fluid doesnt work either.

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  • klugus-fixus Feb 22, 2009

    I have the same problem. Just one of 26 problems with this car right now. The neat part is how it seems to work fine when it is colder than 50 degrees outside.  solution, sell your car because even if you fix this, its only the begining... *scary music*

  • Anonymous May 08, 2009

    I have the same problem. It only happened this morning. I will take it to a friend's garage this weekend and let you know what fixed it.

  • tcturbo76 May 11, 2010

    Do you have auto wipers? Maybe you can change the settings or reset them in the SID.

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Hello I have a saab 9.3 SS 04 and had the same problem.

- intermittent wipe doesn't work, at all
- windscreen washers don't work, at all
- "normal" continuous, and fast wipe work, but the wipers
freeze in the middle of the windscreen if you let go of the
control stalk, rather than sweeping back to the resting position
- same "freeze" happens with the manual wipe (push down on the control stalk)

The weird thing is that, this morning, for about 10 minutes, it seemed to fix itself,
partially - the washers started working etc - but the intermittent wipe still didn't work. However not long after that it went back to the symptoms described above.
also if I unplugged my car battery for a minute the washers worked for several seconds but again same problem occurs.

Solution is to replace your wiper motor. its that "simple"
worked for me. The wiper motor has a lot of electronic stuff and seems to control the washer engine.
Good luck.

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Hello I have a saab 9.3 SS 04 and had the same problem.

- intermittent wipe doesn't work, at all
- windscreen washers don't work, at all
- "normal" continuous, and fast wipe work, but the wipers
freeze in the middle of the windscreen if you let go of the
control stalk, rather than sweeping back to the resting position
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