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The windshield wiper on my 1993 ford escort GT became intermittent and now barely works. I have to switch it off and on many times before it starts working. Is it controlled by the computer (I've noticed that only 2 small wires come from the wiper switch cluster. I've heard that it is difficult and expensive to have the wiper switch assy. replaced. Is it possible to make a bypass switch to operate the wiper motor directly? Or is it possible to spray contact cleaner into the switch?

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  • Brad Willems Mar 19, 2012

    I have the same problem. With the car on, but not running, switch the wiindshield wiper on and off - if you hear a click coming from your dash, you know the relay is working and the switch is OK. I have has some success getting mine to work more often by cleaning the sensor that controls when the wiper stops. Note if you power wiper motor externally, it may not stop in the right position automatically.
    The position sensor is the disk that is near the wiper motor (driver side, Engine compartment on firewall). I also made it work by disconnecting the cable to the position sensor and shorting two of the connections on the cable. Unfortunately I tried shorting to the third connector and it no longer works at all (even after replacing the blown fuse). I still hear the relay though.

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The motor itself may be failing. disconnect the harness from the motor and run a voltage test at the terminal. if you get a consistant 12v at the terminal after turning the switch on and off several times then the motor is failing.

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