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I turned on the wipers while windshield was iced and they did not work due to ice.

I forgot to turn off switch right away, instead getting out to clean widnshield. Now the wipers do not work at all - motor does not even hum. The fuse is fine abd I don't know if there is a relay involved. Where do I start?

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From your description of events, chances are, your wiper motor burned out, or the gears stripped, either way you're most likely looking at a new wiper motor. Blades frozen to the windshield, or trying to clear deep or heavy snow with wipers put a lot of strain on the motor and will very often cause it to burn out. The upside is if you are confident enough to try it yourself, most wiper motors are relatively easy to replace, and depending on your vehicle, it shouldn't be a horribly expensive part to purchase. Hope this helps, Good Luck :)

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