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Ford Taurus 1999SE-Windshield wiper motor just hums.How to fix ?

Ford Taurus 1999SE. Windshield wiper motor quit working today. Now it just hums. I tried moving the blades and rotating the column control a few times with no results. Does motor need to be replaced or relay. What is the location of the part. Is it fairly easy to access and replace.

Thank You. RD

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Removal & Installation To Remove:

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  3. Remove the wiper arms.
  4. Remove the 8 plastic retainers and the 6 clips holding the cowl vent screens to the inner panels. Turn the retainers 1⁄4 turn counterclockwise to remove.
  5. Remove the cowl vent screens.
  6. Disconnect the electrical connector from the wiper motor and remove the 4 bolts that mount the module assembly to the cowl.
  7. Remove the windshield wiper module from the vehicle.
  8. Rotate the wiper operating arm in a clockwise direction to gain access to the bolt retaining the arm to the motor. WARNING
    Always rotate the wiper operating arm in a clockwise motion or damage to the motor could occur.
  9. Remove the nut retaining the wiper operating arm to the wiper motor.
  10. Remove the three wiper motor-to-wiper module assembly retaining bolts and remove the motor from the vehicle.
To Install:
  1. Position the wiper motor on to the module assembly. Install the three wiper motor-to-wiper module assembly retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts to 115-151 in lbs (13-17 Nm).
  2. Position the wiper operating arm on the wiper motor output shaft. Install the mounting nut and tighten to 22-29 ft-lbs (30-40 Nm).
  3. Position the windshield wiper module onto the cowl. Install the mounting bolts and tighten to 106 in-lbs (12 Nm).
  4. Connect the wiper motor electrical connector.
  5. Position the cowl vent screens onto the inner panels. Install the 8 plastic retainers and the 6 clips holding the cowl vent screens to the inner panels. Turn the retainers 1⁄4 turn counterclockwise to install.
  6. Install the wiper arms.
  7. Connect the battery ground cable.
  8. Adjust wiper arms if necessary.

Here is the picture of the motor....it is the round object in the middle of the picture that looks like a can and has a square block on the end of it.

You have to remove the cowl vent panel....just under the windshield. $64.00 for a new motor.

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    Greg Bernett Oct 01, 2009

    Sorry....forgot the photo!!!



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