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2003 Pontiac Montana wipers not working how to fix


First you need a wiring diagram, free at http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html Then you need a DVOM - digital volt ohm meter to test the circuit . Then if your not familiar with automotive electrical systems testing ,go on youtube an check out Electric Testing Techniques You Need to Know Also having a factory diagnostic trouble shooting chart would also be usefull . You could just start replacing parts , you mite get lucky . The wiper motor is a high fail part , so is the switch ..You could find the fuse is blown ! But fuse's don't usually blow without a reason . Short to ground , low resistance . ( high current flow) Also knowing how they work and what all is involved in making them work.
The Wiper/Washer System consists of the following components:
• Windshield wiper/washer switch
• Windshield wiper motor module
• Windshield wiper motor
• Windshield washer pump motor
• FRT/WPR/WSHR 25A fuse

Wiper/Washer System Operation
The windshield wiper motor module is part of the windshield wiper motor cover and controls wiper motor operation. The windshield wiper motor is a 2 speed motor and is operated at low speed in all modes except HIGH. The accessory voltage supply circuit to the windshield wiper motor assembly is used to operate the wiper motor in all of the low speed modes. The accessory voltage supply circuit to the windshield wiper/washer switch is used to supply the windshield wiper switch signal circuits and the wiper motor high speed circuit.
When the wiper/washer switch is in the LOW position voltage is supplied through a 24K ohm resistor within the switch to the windshield wiper switch signal 2 circuit, and accessory voltage is supplied to the windshield wiper switch signal 1 circuit. The reduced voltage from the wiper switch signal 2 circuit and accessory voltage from the wiper switch signal 1 circuit causes the wiper motor module to close the wiper motor accessory voltage supply circuit to the wiper motor low speed terminal.
Windshield wiper/washer system MIST operation is identical to LOW operation except that the MIST switch is a press and release type. When the wiper switch is moved to the MIST position and released, low speed wiper motor operation is started and will continue until 1 cycle is complete. If the wiper switch is moved to the MIST position and held, the windshield wiper motor will operate in the LOW mode until the switch is released.

Don't the wipers work in any mode ?
1
Did you review the Wiper/Washer System description and operation and perform the necessary inspections?
YES - Go to Step 2
NO - Go to Symptoms - Wiper/Washer Systems
2
Turn ON the ignition , with the engine OFF.
Operate the windshield wiper/washer switch through all the switch positions.
Does the windshield wiper/washer system operate normally?
YES - Go to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections in Wiring Systems
NO - Go to Step 3
3
Turn OFF the ignition.
Disconnect the harness connector of the windshield wiper motor.
Turn the ignition ON, with the engine OFF.
Connect a test lamp from the accessory voltage circuit of the windshield wiper motor to a good ground.
Does the test lamp illuminate?
YES - Go to Step 4
NO - Go to Step 13
4
Connect a test lamp from the accessory voltage circuit to the ground circuit of the windshield wiper motor.
Does the test lamp illuminate?
YES - Go to Step 5
NO - Go to Step 14
5
Connect a test lamp from the signal 2 circuit of the windshield wiper switch to a good ground.
Press the windshield washer switch.
Does the test lamp illuminate?
YES - Go to Step 11
NO - Go to Step 6
Let me know if you make it this far and i will send rest of diagnostic's

Nov 25, 2016 | 2003 Pontiac Montana

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Cadillac Deville 99


Wiper/Washer System (Pulse) Schematics (w/o CE1)
Wiper/Washer System (Pulse) Schematics (w/CE1)

Which one does yours have ?

The switch could be bad or the windshield wiper / washer module . Do you own a DVOM - digital volt ohm meter ? Do you know how to do automotive electrical trouble shooting ? There are a few good videos on youtube on basic electrical trouble shooting an how to read wiring diagrams . Go to http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html for free wiring diagrams . Check B+ voltage at the switch (in an out ) at the different speeds .Check for B+ voltage at the wiper washer module , it's part of the wiper motor .
The windshield wiper/washer system consists of a permanent-magnet depressed-park wiper motor assembly, a wiper transmission assembly, wiper arm and blade assemblies, a washer pump mounted on a washer solvent container, and a wiper/washer switch assembly.
The wiper/washer system is a pulse (delay) type. Pulse timing and demand wash functions are controlled electronically. Wiper/Washer System Description (Rainsense)
The windshield wiper/washer system consists of a Rainsense module, a permanent-magnet, depressed-park wiper motor assembly, a wiper transmission, wiper arm and blade assemblies, a washer pump mounted on a washer solvent reservoir, and a wiper/washer switch assembly.
The wiper/washer system is a rain sensing type. Rainsense functions are controlled electronically. 1
Was the Wiper/Washer System Check performed?
--
Go to Step 2
Go to Wiper/Washer System Check

2
Inspect the WIPERS fuse A9 for an open.
Is the fuse open?
--
YES - Go to Step 3
NO - Go to Step 4

3
Replace the WIPERS fuse.
Is the replacement complete?
--
Go to Wiper/Washer System Check
--

4
Disconnect the wiper/washer switch connector C202.
Turn ignition switch ON.
Connect a test light from connector C202, terminal E5 to ground.
Is the test light on?
--
YES - Go to Step 16
NO - Go to Step 5

5
Connect a test light from Accessory Relay, terminal A1, to ground.
Is the test light on?
--
YES - Go to Step 6
NO - Go to Step 11

6
Connect a test light from Accessory Relay, terminal A3, to ground.
Is the test light on?
--
YES - Go to Step 7
NO - Go to Step 12

7
Connect a test light from Accessory Relay, terminal B1 to terminal A3.
Is the test light on?
--
YES - Go to Step 8
NO - Go to Step 15

8
Inspect CKT 143 for an open or poor connection between connector C202 and the Accessory Relay.
Was an open or poor connection found?
--
YES - Go to Step 9
NO - Go to Step 10

9
Repair the open or poor connection in CKT 143.
Is the repair complete?
--
Go to Wiper/Washer System Check
--

10
Replace the the Accessory Relay.
Is the replacement complete?
--
Go to Wiper/Washer System Check
--

11
Repair the open in CKT 1040 or the power feed circuit to the WIPERS fuse.
Is the repair complete?
--
Go to Wiper/Washer System Check
--

12
Inspect the ACC fuse C13 for an open.

let me know if you make it this far an then I will send the rest of testing procedures !

Mar 09, 2016 | Cadillac DeVille Cars & Trucks

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Why is my windshield wipers running in the off position, it's like they are running in the intermittent position, but it's in the off position.


When the windshield wiper / washer switch is turned to the OFF position while the wiper motor is somewhere in mid-cycle, the wiper motor module will continue to operate the wiper motor until the wipers reach the park position. If the ignition is turned off while the wipers are in mid-cycle, the wipers will stop immediately where they are. The wipers will park the next time the ignition is cycled to the ON position.

Schematic Reference: Wiper/Washer Schematics


1

Did you review the Wiper/Washer System Description and Operation and perform the necessary inspections?
Go to Step 2
Go to Symptoms - Wiper/Washer Systems

2

  1. Turn the ignition ON.
  2. Turn the windshield wiper/washer switch OFF.
Are the windshield wipers always on?
Go to Step 3
Go to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections in Wiring Systems

3

Disconnect the windshield wiper/washer switch connector.
Are the windshield wipers always on?
Go to Step 4 if yes
Go to Step 7 if no

4

  1. Disconnect the windshield wiper motor connector.
  2. Test the windshield wiper switch signal 1 circuit for a short to voltage. Refer to Circuit Testing and to Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 11
Go to Step 5

5

Test the windshield wiper switch signal 2 circuit for a short to voltage. Refer to Circuit Testing and to Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 11
Go to Step 6

6

Test the windshield wiper motor high speed circuit for a short to voltage. Refer to Circuit Testing and to Wiring Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 11
Go to Step 9

7

Inspect for poor connections at the windshield wiper/washer switch. Refer to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections and to Connector Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 11
Go to Step 8

8

Replace the windshield wiper/washer switch. Refer to Windshield Wiper and Washer Switch Replacement - On Vehicle in Steering Wheel and Column.
Is the repair complete?
Go to Step 11
--

9

Inspect for poor connections at the windshield wiper motor. Refer to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections and to Connector Repairs in Wiring Systems.
Did you find and correct the condition?
Go to Step 11
Go to Step 10

10

Replace the windshield wiper motor. Refer to Windshield Wiper Motor Replacement .
Is the repair complete?
Go to Step 11
--

11

Operate the system in order to verify the repair.
Did you correct the condition?
The Wiper / Washer System consists of the following components:
?€¢
Windshield wiper / washer switch


?€¢
Windshield wiper system module / motor


?€¢
Windshield washer fluid pump


?€¢
Windshield washer fluid level switch


?€¢
Instrument panel cluster (IPC)


?€¢
ACC 15-amp fuse


?€¢
WSW 30-amp fuse

Jan 04, 2016 | 2002 Pontiac Bonneville

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Wipers dont work


If you are positive that your problem is ONLY the motor, these directions won't help.

However, if your windshield wipers do work, but when you turn them "off" they won't return to their resting place (which is at the bottom of your windshield, next to the hood) - instead they just stop straight up on your windshield, here's how to fix that using only a couple of screwdrivers.

What has caused that? You were probably your using the wipers to remove snow or snow and ice from your windshield instead of using your window scraper! Unfortunately the wiper bracket (it's the piece having a tab that has been bent) on many Oldsmobiles isn't strong enough to remove even light snow and/or ice.

Your windshield wiper motor has a mounted bracket over it that has a little metal tab (a "Park Tab") on it that the crank arm assembly has to "hit" in order to "park" the wipers in the correct position. The Park Tab is not covered up - it's part of the mounted bracket - out in the open, and you can see it.

In a many cases this "park tab" is either bent or broken, and if it's bent can be adjusted using a screwdriver back to its original position. It it has broken off, the part that holds that tab will need to be replaced. (I had a bent tab twice and two repair shops said I needed an entirely new motor, when I didn't.)

Go to this link: http://redhouseon7th.com/redhouse/howto/2009OldsmobileWiperRepair/index.html then follow its directions - they are excellent and simple. The link has pictures to show you exactly what to do, step-by-step showing pictures of what it looks like at each step. The only tools you will need are a couple of screwdrivers, and you don't need to replace the motor IF your windshield wipers are "stopping" in or near the "12 o'clock" position. And the "fix" costs are zero. (The repair shop charged me $850.00 the first time I had the problem.)

It's a problem with many Oldsmobiles - the bracket with the "park tab" should have been made stronger in the first place. After my first repair cost, I looked up directions and fixed it the next time. I live in Iowa, and I now always use my snow/ice scraper every time instead of my windshield wipers, and have had no more problems. I love my Intrigue!

Hope your problem is solved! Best wishes!

2002 GM Oldsmobile Intrigue Stuck Up Wiper Blades

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Drivers side windshield wiper on a 2004 Chevy caviler stopped working,how do i fix it


have to replace the wiper arm.there are splines on the arm that attach it to the stub.most likely stripped out in winter due to frozen windshield.

Jul 28, 2012 | 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Windshield wipers dont work


Hi there, Best thing to do is buy a Haynes or Clinton's repair shop manual for your particular vehicle. Then read up on it in the trouble shooting section or the step by step replacement section. You can purchase these at your local Auto Parts store or buy them on line at ebay burdfrenzy

Oct 16, 2009 | 1997 GMC Jimmy

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Windshield Wipers Not working


this is no easy trouble shoot! GM put a few thing on there that could cause a problem . First there is a pulse bourd on the wiper motor that could go bad . second it could be that that part of the switch has went bad , check the fuses . Hope this can be of some help to you !!

Jun 02, 2009 | 2003 Pontiac Aztek

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I have a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer Windshield Wiper problem.


As it turns out, there is a recall On 2002-2003 Chevy Trail Blazer's
Windshield Wiper/washer
NHTSA No. 04V046000
Recall Date: Feb, 4th, 2004
Call your dealer to see if this is still under the recall to be fixed.
RECALL: 2002 - 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer NHTSA Campaign Number: 04V046000 www.nhtsa.dot.gov
Manufacturer GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Recall Date: FEB 02, 2004 Potential Number Of Units Affected: 581394 Description VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER Summary CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES HAVE WINDSHIELD WIPER SYSTEMS THAT WILL NOT TURN ON, CEASE OPERATION WHILE IN USE, FAIL TO TURN OFF/ON BY THEMSELVES (MOISTURE SENSITIVE WIPER SYSTEM), OR HAVE CONTINUOUS WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP OPERATION BECAUSE THE PRESENCE OF WATER WITHIN THE WIPER MODULES CAN EITHER CAUSE A SHORT CIRCUIT OR CAN LEAD TO THE CORROSION OF COMPONENTS WITHIN THE MODULE. Consequence DEPENDING ON THE OCCURRENCE AND WEATHER SITUATION, DRIVER VISIBILITY COULD BE REDUCED, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH. Remedy DEALERS WILL COVER THE WINDSHIELD WIPER MODULE VENT HOLE WITH A PATCH. ALSO, THE WIPER MOTOR, CIRCUIT BOARD, AND ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WILL BE INSPECTED TO SIGNS OF WATER INTRUSION AND/OR CORROSION AND BE REPLACED AS REQUIRED. THE RECALL BEGAN JULY 6, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438; OLDSMOBILE AT 1-800-630-6537; OR GMC AT 1-866-996-9463.

Nov 25, 2008 | 2003 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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