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Front wipers won't work

I raplaced the wiper motor and still nothing. all the fuses are good as is the wiring. It is a 1996 dodge grand caravan 3.8l.

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  • turkeyppl May 25, 2009

    there is power to 2 prongs at all times but nothing happens when i turn them on

  • turkeyppl May 26, 2009

    ive aleady tried all of that. Im starting to thank relay or switch. how would one test te relay?

  • turkeyppl May 26, 2009

    the washer sprays but the wipers dont do anythang.

  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    BCM stands for Body Control Module. It is a "Black Box", with many connections. The BCM is behind the inside fuse block. It runs the Low Speed Wiper Relay and does the time delay "calculation" for the wipers and a lot of other functions. Check the part number of the replacement part to be sure it matches the one on the vehicle.

    The BCM will have to "re-learn" your van. Note your odometer before you change the BCM. I have heard the replacement readings could be different. Also watch to make sure all the other systems(air, fans etc) will work.


    One fix I heard about for a slightly different problem is opening the connectors on the multi-function switch (under the steering column) and coating them with some special dielectric grease that is made to improve electrical connections. Or you may have replace it.


    You can also look in the TSB (Technical Service Buletin), TSB 083198.

  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    If you have power to the motor, then the fusible link, relay, switch and fuse are not the problem since current is getting through them UNLESS the voltage you measured was TO the switch. Another test would be to activate the washer. This should cause the wiper to briefly run. That will verify the motor is ok and point to the wiper switch as the problem.

  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    If you have power, the motor should run unless the linkage connected to it is jamming it. Can the wipers be moved by hand when the motor is switched on ? Can you hear the motor clink on when power is applied ?

  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    Use a voltmeter and see if the 12vdc is getting to the motor and

  • marionbagget May 11, 2010

    Use a voltmeter and see if the 12vdc is getting to the motor

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a bad "wiper switch" to me.

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I just replaced the BCM on my wife's Chrysler Town & Country minivan, and it fixed the wiper problem. Get a used one from a upullit wrecking yard. I got all 6 of the ones they had. At 9$ a piece I wasn't taing any chances. The third one did the trick. I think you have to get one that has the same engine. Otherwise it won't run, but your wipers will work:)

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