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The motor for my windshield washer is not working. How should I troubleshoot the problem? Could it be something in the steering column? I have had problems off and on with the cruise control, and was told that the problem is in the column.

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First you want to find the harness/connector that supplies power to the actual wiper motor and use a multimeter or a test light to see if you are getting power to the motor when the switch is on. If you are getting power that far then the motor is burnt out...if there is no power there and the fuse checks out fine then the problem is most likely in the column and will require disassembly

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