Windshield wipers stopped in upright position

cheerful1_gwJanuary 17, 2006

Is there a way to restart the wipers? We turned the wipers on, they went halfway across the car, then stopped. They won't move.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

We could use a lot more detail.
As a guess, the wiper motor is burned out.
Or the switch contacts are too corroded..
Or the linkage has fallen off
Or the cable is frayed.
I have seen all of this, and more.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 11:10AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My guess is the wiper motor burned out.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 11:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Maybe the motor burned out OR maybe the speed control resistor burned out, or the breaker/fuse burned out.

If you have a multispeed wiper, check the speed control resistor. Its usually mounted on the air duct so that the fan can blow air over the resistor elements.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 5:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm sure a speed control resistor is much less expensive than a wiper motor and is probably more likely to fail.
Always go the service item, then cheapest route..

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 9:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

The strange thing was, last night when we started the car and tried the wipers, they worked. I'm still going to remember all these suggestions since our car is older and more likely to have a problem. Thanks to all.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2006 at 6:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I drove an old KW one night near midnight the wipers did just that; 1/2 way across and they stuck. Well I did the best I could with what I had. I tied a 1/2 inch rope to the drivers side wiper arm ran it outside the mirror bracket back into the cab and held it in my left hand. Then when the arm quit I guv it a jerk with the rope and it would come all the way left--back to the right--then 1/2 way again. Several hours. There is more to truck driving than grabbing gears.

Next morning I rolled into the shop and axt em if they could improve it. They replaced the big rope with an nice lanyard and a T-handle. Regular fellows they were. :-)

    Bookmark   January 18, 2006 at 11:20AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I am seeing this a lot in the last 10 years or so. Main culprits are Fiat and Opel. I see a lot of those going round with wipers parked in the middle of the screen. I had a '99 Opel Astra and a '06 Opel Vectra where the cam that keeps the power on to the motor until the wipers are parked went west, meaning that as soon as the intermittant wiper relay cut off the wiper motor stopped immediately, regardless of where the wipers were at the time. Both times this happened it was covered by warranty but once I saw the invoice from the dealer to the warranty provider. I'm glad I wasn't paying it.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 7:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

GM had some wiper issues due to cracked solder connections on the controller card. It's generally easy to remove the motor and re-flow the solder joints.
Usual safety considerations: Disconnect the negative battery terminal etc etc.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2010 at 12:14PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Power window goes down, but not up
The driver's side window on my 98 Chevy Venture would...
1992 Chevy Truck 1500 running BAD!
About 2 1/2 years ago my truck was running bad, had...
Failing transmission questions
I have a 2001 Honda Odyssey, 167,000 miles. I've always...
Tire Question
I have a 2007 Honda Ridgeline with 13,000 miles (yes,...
dump my buick rendezvous?
Do you know the Buick Rendezvous? Mine has been outstanding...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™