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When I pull back wiper lever to spray windshield, wipers move but do not spray windshield. When I turn wiper lever end forward to spray rear window, it sprays front windshield. How is this possible?

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If someone did some rewiring or connections there might be an error somewhere. If none was made, inspect the relays. Inspect first the relay box for physical damage such us loose or bad terminals or wires that are loose or has bad insulation. It may be a bad relay. Inspect the wiper switch inside the steering column for bad terminals or bad wiring.

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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Possible there is fault in the cluster switch , possible that the switch is not contacting according to the intended function to power the front washer and rear washer motors.
You need to check the output or using a multimeter the switch continuity of the wiper cluster switch.

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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sxv~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifYes GO to L2 .
sxv~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifNo INSTALL a new rear wiper/washer switch. TEST the system for normal operation.

Measure the resistance between rear wiper/washer switch C288 pin 6, circuit WB08 (BU/YE), harness side and ground.
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sxv~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifNo REPAIR circuit WB08 (BU/YE). TEST the system for normal operation.

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