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Wipers won't work on 2001 Altima

My 2001 Altima wipers won't work when I turn the switch. But they work when I pull the handle to squirt windshield fluid.

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  • wdstiger May 08, 2009

    The switch is on the end of the lever. When I pull the switch to engage the wiper fluid, the wipers work, like they should. But when I turn the switch to use the wipers normally, they won't work.

  • wdstiger May 08, 2009

    Do I jsst pull until it breaks away from the lever. Then how/what do I clean

  • wdstiger May 08, 2009

    Thanks for the help. I'll give it a try.

  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    Before you do anything, you will have to disconnect the battery and wait about 10 minutes for any capacitors to discharge!

    You do not want the SRS (AIRBAG) to go off.
    Also if you have an anti-thief device installed, make sure it will not lock-up if the battery is disconnected.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Without actually seeing it I can't say for sure. But prying/popping it apart sounds like it would work. You will see copper contacts when you get it apart -- they're probably dull/burned -- clean w/ sandpaper/alcohol.



    Caution: If you've never done this kind of work, you'll find it takes a lot of finesse -- I can't be responsible if you break something. Years of experience are sometimes required to successfully pull off a job like this. But, you don't learn if you never try. So, it's up to you. Worst that could happen is you'll have to take it to the shop -- which is where you would have been anyway, probably.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a bad switch for sure. Probably just needs cleaning. Can you get it apart?

  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    Sounds like the switch in the lever is bad.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a faulty wiper switch -- what type is it? Wher is it mounted?

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Great!! Good luck.

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