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Windshield wipers don't move, but hear motor running

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    2002 f150and I can hear the wiper motor working but thewiper blades do not move

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    Lukd Feb 09, 2019

    I don't understand what to do how to fix



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Check the nuts on the wiper arms and make sure they are tight. If the nuts are tight then a linkage on the wiper transmission probably came loose or broke. You'll have to pull some cowling off to access it.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012


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I used a lighter to temporarily fix the issue until I could get a grommet in the mail- pulled linkage and motor out and heated up the bad grommet the stuck it on the boll socket. Then used needle nose pliers to form it some (back around the ball) while still warm.... though it was 10 degrees out.

Posted on Jan 05, 2016


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SOURCE: why isnt my windshield wiper working?

Easy fix. Very very common chevy issue. the wiper motor goes but no wipers, or they work one time and not the next. drove me nuts for two years. It is the wiper control module. The board actually get moisture in it cracks the sod-er joints they are there go get magnifying glass. hair line cracks in the board. how ever good new auto zone advance auto who ever carries the board 30 bucks. located back of the fire wall by the wiper motor. three torx screws. remove torx. care full not to bend prongs when pulling board. replace with new screws and cover and board. seal new cover with silicon rtv so forth to re prevent moisture. when it rains, rain drops on this board by the top crack and will reoccur. but this is sure fix. did my truck and my buddies. Make sure to use silicon or don't waste your time. Been good ever since 1 year now.


Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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SOURCE: wheres the circuit board for a windshield wiper

Hello jlwhelchel: My name is Roger and I will answer your question. Raise the hood locate the wiper motor. Remove the cover held on by three screws. Remove the cover. The cover is the module.
Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer. This way I know the information was helpful. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger

Posted on Oct 16, 2009



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SOURCE: Timing Venture wipers

disconnect the wiper transmission from the motor, then run the motor and turn the motor off with the wiper switch, this will park the motor, re-attach the wiper trans linkage so the wipers are parked/down

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

John M Grubb Sr

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SOURCE: My rear windshield wiper stopped working on my

My 2005 tahoe did the same thing. I also bought a new motor, which did not fix. I discovered there was a bad ground. Instead of searching for bad ground, just install a short length of stranded wire with crimp terminals between a wiper motor mounting bolt and a rear glass latch assy mounting bolt to restore good grounding to the wiper motor.

Posted on May 10, 2010

Davis M

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SOURCE: On a chevy venture one windshield wiper is moving

Well, having just dealt with this on our 2000 Lesabre... this is an unfortunate fate for windshield wiper setups...
Basically the knurling on both the male & female portions of the wiper arm's pivot point have worn clean off, or are very close to gone.
The following solution is my 'get it working now' fix... it's not as official and/or costly as replacing the whole wiper linkage... not to mention how difficult it may be in pulling apart the necessary components to first get at the wiper linkage, and then actually removing it from the vehicle(serious pain on some vehicles)... and then of course installing a new one, assuming you can even find/afford one through the local stealership.
What I did, which has worked so far:
First, get access to the nut which holds the wiper arm to the pivoting point; there should be a cover or cap which will remove to expose this nut I talking about. Be sure the wiper arm is in a position that you want it in... then tighten that thing(the nut) if it's not already tight - a relative "really tight" is recommended, but do stop short of jumping on the ratchet or wrench. To verify tightness, check that wiper arm for wobble, i.e. semi-gently move/pivot it in all sorts of directions, to see whether it is actually sitting tight up against the pivoting stud that you just tightened the nut down against. I've seen the female/upper part of the wiper body lift & shift around which makes tightening things a bit of a fine tuning process until you manage to get the wiper body low & seated fully onto the pivoting stud part.
The next part is to more surely "bond" the wiper arm to the stud that it pivots on(and causes it to pivot too). Just make certain the wiper arm is tightened down in the position you want it to be(low/at-rest alike to the other wiper on the windshield) before proceeding
You'll very likely need a super hard drill bit to have success in drilling through the portion of the wiper arm that sits around the pivot-point/stud and into the stud itself some distance.
I'd suggest an 1/8" carbide drill bit(likely not available at your local hardware store, and I don't recall if anything less-hard will work to drill
that stud) acquirable via
Once a hole is drilled through the outer wiper arm metal(sometimes even as soft as aluminum, but regularly mild steel), and a good ways into the very hard pivoting stud material, get yourself an 1/8" diameter roll-pin/friction-pin in the 1/2" to 5/8" range and tap/hammer it into your newly made drill-hole. The roll/friction pin is designed to fit tight inside of an 1/8" hole so you won't find it coming out on its own(unless you didn't drill the hole deep enough, or wobbled the drill bit while drilling thus making the hole larger than 1/8").
Roll-pins, like wipers, are typically black so not much should be seen from any casual glance or typical once-over of the vehicle.
The fix should turn out to be(in every ideal sense) an easily disappearing, effective long term fix.
I hope that goes well for you.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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