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The windshield wipers on my 1988 F-150 stopped working. When you turn them on, the battery indicator jumps around like it's sucking power, but it seems to be jammed or something. any ideas? Thanks, Ed

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Sounds like a bad ground; or a shorted hot wire.check the plug connector/wires for cracks or other damage.if none, you can try to remove the motor, take it apart and clean the armerture. this worked on an old nova i had

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Suspect short circuit in wiper motor may need replacement
suspect motor has come away from wiper mechanism so it is turning but not driving the wiper arms as it has become disconnected.

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  • maaaartin Nov 15, 2009

    suspect short circuit in wiper motor may need replacement
    suspect motor has come away from wiper mechanism so it is turning but not driving the wiper arms as it has become disconnected.


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