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I blew a wiring harness in my steering column, now my wipers don't work. Any quick and cheap fixes?

Took it to electrician. he wanted $400 to replace harness. used sterring column is 150.00(don't want to do that)

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No idea what your saying

What is wrong with the wiring,
that can not be repaired?

No-- you do not want a different steering column,
that would make no sense, to me

I guess the $400 is for mostly labor, to repair the wiring?

Your asking about quick & cheap, when you haven't said
what the problem is in detail

You want the car properly fixed -- correct?
So why cheap & quick,that doesn't apply with your car

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

Testimonial: "there is a wiring harness in the steering column that rubs when I lift and drop the steering wire and it finally broke. it affects my wipers, radio ,gauges and windows.i wAs told it is cheaper to replace the column. Can the wire just be replaced?"

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SOURCE: 1999 Mazda B2500 Pick Up. The windshield wipers

Replace the wiper motor often time there is a dead spot on the commutator. If you want to be sure unplug the motor and use a jumper wire with 12 volts to the appropriate terminal to energize the motor, you may need to ground one of the teminals to get it to work, if the motor runs with out interuption then yes it is most likely the wiper switch bad ground or a break in the harness somewhere, check and repair the easiest first ground wire motor jump wire check etc. then the switch.

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Try Looking for the Fuze or Fuze link! Could be wiper Arm itself, under grill's!

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