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Wipers work some of the time - 1998 Chevrolet K1500

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There is a recall on this from GM. They might fix it for free if you take it to a dealer. If they won't fix it, replace the circuit board on the motor or replace the wiper motor. Or you can add a ground wire to the wiper motor housing.

Posted on May 17, 2010

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    Clint Smock Jun 27, 2010

    Thanks for the bad rating. I guess that is what I get for giving you the answer to you problem.

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    Clint Smock Jun 30, 2010

    You can also fix it by attaching an additional ground to the wiper motor housing to one of the attaching bolts.

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Remove the pulse motor control board. it is where the connector connects to the wiper motor under the hood. 3 torx screws if i remember correctly. resolder the conections between the board and the connector ( 4 or 5 pins ). I just had this problem and this fixed it.

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