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Front wipers don't work

Out of nowhere my front wipers quit working. When i turn them on i dont here it trying to work or anything. I can move them manually. I just want to know if this is something as simple as the gears slipping or if I need to put it in the shop

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Winshield wipers inoperative in all switch positions:

Does your windshield washer work? Check circuit breaker in fuse panel. If it is good then you may have either a bad wiper motor or switch. If you have a volt meter check the white wire (going off 93 wiring color code) on wiper motor connector with switch in low to see if you have 12 volts. If you have 12 volts then you may have a bad wiper motor. If you don't then you may have a bad switch. Hope this helps.

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