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The windshield wipers and washer fluid dispenser stay on

The windshield wipers and washer fluid dispenser work without being turned on. The wipers operate at the fastest speed and the dispenser will spray until dry and then you can hear the motor continue to run even though the reservoir is dry. We removed the fuse during the summer but the rainy season is starting. Mechanic has not been able to identify issue.

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This must be due to a defective windshield-washer-switch. Repacement of it is the only way.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

  • sut50k Apr 14, 2011

    Replaced the switch already....same problem...Could it be the motor, or a relay, somewhere?
    ConfusedVolvo960.... Please help!

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