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Windshield wipers won't work

One day I go to use the windsield wipers and they won't work. I can hear the motor running but they wont move. I have cleared any blockages that could be obstructing the blades.

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    Tyler Koch Dec 28, 2013

    thx. I was able to get the cowl off and find the linkage came off. temporary fix for right now able to get it on, will have to buy a new one soon.

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Check the nuts holding your wiper arms on first. or your linkage has come off the motor.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013

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SOURCE: 1996 honda accord windshield wipers

Sounds like the wiper arm has become disconnected. There may be a clip or bushing that has broken or fallen off. The wiper motor/arms etc are accessible by taking the cover off (usually plastic and possibly held in by screws or large plastic slots) that's at the base of the windshield. You may have to lift the hood for access and removal. Just take your time and don't force anything.

It's really simple after that. You turn your motor on and look for moving parts, that'll be the wiper motor. Either it's disconnected at the motor or it be disconnected on the arm. Usually one arm will move both wipers. If you're lucky, maybe it's just fallen off and you can find the clip or bushing and re-attach it. Otherwise, you may have to get a new part, which in this case would probably come from the dealer.

You may possibly also get it from a junkyard, but chances are if it's a small part, then they may not sell it to you. However some junk yards WILL sell you these small parts, and others may even let you pull the part yourself. If you could do this, you could also see how the part properly attaches.

If it's confusing how to re-attach the parts, then you may have to buy a Haynes or Chilton manual to see exactly how everything looks. Diagrams would be great. If there's no good pix in the manual, then try online. The best would be to see fully functional operating wipers on a similar car. Maybe find a buddy to take a peek at his after you practice on yours.

The part if broken should fit multiple years of your make of car.

Get this fixed soon because not only will it not pass inspection, but it is highly unsafe.



Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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SOURCE: windshield wiper arms move all ove rthe windshield incosistently

turn your wipers on and turn the key off when the are about 1/4 to half way up on the winshield and try to pull them one way or the other and see if they move
It really sounds like the wiper transmission arm has gotten stripped the only to fix it is to replace trasmission arm assembly you can get them from your local junk yard cheap!
generally where wiper arms push on there is an additiona part you will have to pull off in order to change the wiper arm assembly

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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SOURCE: 2005 honda odyssey wiper blades stopped working

1. Open Hood.
2. Remove wiper arms by removing cap nuts. they are a tight fit . there is a puller for this.
3 Remove cowel cover . once cover is off you will see the wiper motor and transmission assy. Possibly a snap joint wore out oa nut holding motor drive arm in place loosened up.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009

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SOURCE: Windshield wipers stopped working, can hear motor

the wiper motor linkage is broken you will need a new one. this is a common problem.

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SOURCE: 2006 CRV rear wiper not working

Inspect the wiper where it attaches to the motor for any broken or missing parts. Also, examine the wiper itself for damage. If so replace it with another from your local auto parts store. Also if you ask, they will install it for you.

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