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Rear wiper wont shut off

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by Datsu, May 15, 2020.

  1. Datsu

    Datsu FEOA Member

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    Ok so i'm either very very stupid and don't know how to work the rear wipers on my 93 wagon or somethings actually wrong. But they wont shut off. I didn't press anything to turn them on or anything. Whenever I start the car they just automatically turn on and I cant do anything about it. For now I've just unplugged the fuse but I would like to know what is wrong.
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    The wiring between the hatch and body is probably starting to fail. I've had to redo a couple of my wagons over the years because of this issue. The way I fixed them is go to the junkyard and cut a foot of wiring out of another wagon from inside the car to patch in.
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    Yeah the problem is probably inside the rubber accordian.
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    Thanks, that helps. I'm assuming just cut the old wire out and heat shrink the wires together. I also just realized the tail lights don't work either, only the brake lights. So I'm hopeful its just the same problem as the wipers. At least the car inst in pieces anymore like it was. Shitbrickford .jpg
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    You want the wires to be "new" in the accordion piece. You don't want the repair to be in there, or it'll fail again much quicker.
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    Yea I can see how 20+ years of constantly bending would do it good. It occurred to me that I should probably do this to other parts of the car too. Doors specifically.
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    I've never had to do it to doors, but I can see how it could be a problem.

    A friend of mine had to redo the wiring in the doors of his 2003 Dodge Ram pickup for that same reason.
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    super common on all cars. every time the wire flexes it work hardens it a bit. i fix them all the time..

    another common over sight, is the 'park' switch inside the motor fails. this is what cuts power to the motor its self. once supplied power from the switch, the motor runs on its own effectively. without the park switch interruption they can run forever until power is cut completely.
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    This is what mine looked like when it was broken:
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