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Wipers worked for 1 swipe and stopped straight up. Motor sound is audible. Wipers stopped swiping.

What can be the problem? Do you have a diagram that I may fix it?

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At the base of the wiper there is a nut, it might be under a snap on cover. Move the wiper arm down into parked position, tighten the nut and the wipers should work. That is most likely the case but... If not it could be the ball and socket on the mechanism under the fresh air vent. Last option is the wiper motor gear drive.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013

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    Nolee Jones Jan 02, 2014

    Thank you!!! I am no mechanic, but am about to begin the process...lol

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I had this problem on my 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon and it often happened at an intersection with traffic lights. I thought it might be linked to the traffic light actuators (radio signal), but in fact, it turned out to be a faulty switch on the actuator stalk in the car. Not too expensive to fix.

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SOURCE: 1989 Ford F150 windshield wipers not stopping

Sounds like the wiper blade motor is going bad. You can also try to use some alpurpose oil on it

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SOURCE: 93 f250 wipers don't work. Changed wiper motor.

Switch is bad.

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SOURCE: 2002 Ford Explore. Front wipers quit working.

check fuses?

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SOURCE: i have a 98 ford explorer, my power windows, sun

  • You need to open up the drivers side door and look at that harness that stretches between the door and the door frame. Inside that harness are the wires for the electronics in the cabin and then some.

  • Over time those wires get pinched and crack and break. So you need to splice the casing open the long ways ( or slide the casing for the harness one way and then the other) and inspect the wiring. Your looking for broke, split, rusted, bulging or otherwise negated wiring. The boots on either side may need to come off to look up inside for broke wires as well. Usually it's pretty evident which wires are messed up but sometimes you have to do a little digging.


  • When you find the broke wire[s] splice some new wire[s] in and use electric tape to re-insulate.


  • This is a common problem across the board with many car manufacturers and repairing the harness almost always is the fix in a situation such as yours.

  • Hope this helps.

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