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Hey all - bonestock 2000 ZX2 - we are orig owners, car has about 105k on it, but has recently sat in garage for several months. Took it out to get inspected, and on way to garage, noticed the wipers didn't work. Gave a very gentle tug to one arm and voila, they start working. Car passes inspection.

Driving to store in rain last night, wipers working fine, stop car, go to store for 10 mins, come back and whaddya know - no wipers. At every red light I stopped to give the arm a tug, and sometimes they would work, but then stop in all kinds of wacky (and dangerous) positions along the way. Struggled, but made my way home safely. By the time I got home (actually to in-laws) they refused to work at all. Had to drive home, then, still raining. Of course they work immediately, but I used them for one swipe here and there when I really needed it, thinking I was conserving their power...

Did as much research as I could on here, and will test current tomorrow, BUT...if it looks like multiswitch is at fault, want to get this straight as the workflow.

1. Disconnect neg battery cable, wait 10 mins for airbag to be fully nonfunctional.
2. NO NEED TO REMOVE STEERING COLUMN or AIRBAG MODULE on this year, correct? No need for puller? Looks like just remove 3 screws from bottom of steering column cover, then snap top off, and I will have access to the multiswitch. Does this sound right?

3. Spend lots of $$$ (250?), buy multiswitch, install.

4. Separately...during all my red-light wiper arm tweaking, the wipers now don't go nearly as far as they should toward the drivers side of the windshield. Did I bend something, or can this adjustment be made with the nut at the base of the wiper arm?

Thanks in advance for all your help, guys - this looks like a great forum! I am not terribly mechanically proficient, so if you are able to be detailed (dumb it down, even...) in your replies that would be helpful.

Thanks,

Tom
 

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Did as much research as I could on here, and will test current tomorrow, BUT...if it looks like multiswitch is at fault, want to get this straight as the workflow.

1. Disconnect neg battery cable, wait 10 mins for airbag to be fully nonfunctional.
2. NO NEED TO REMOVE STEERING COLUMN or AIRBAG MODULE on this year, correct? No need for puller? Looks like just remove 3 screws from bottom of steering column cover, then snap top off, and I will have access to the multiswitch. Does this sound right?

3. Spend lots of $$$ (250?), buy multiswitch, install.

4. Separately...during all my red-light wiper arm tweaking, the wipers now don't go nearly as far as they should toward the drivers side of the windshield. Did I bend something, or can this adjustment be made with the nut at the base of the wiper arm?

Thanks in advance for all your help, guys - this looks like a great forum! I am not terribly mechanically proficient, so if you are able to be detailed (dumb it down, even...) in your replies that would be helpful.

Thanks,

Tom
Tom--
Go to your friendly neighborhood U-Pull-It junkyard and find a wiper switch from another ZX2 or Tracer or Escort. I replaced my '98 ZX2's dysfunctional wiper switch with one from a '97 Tracer and it plugged right in and works great. They charged me $18 for the switch, and another $4 for the "warrantee" that would let me exchange it if it didn't work. Just double-check the plug against yours, or pull yours and bring it in with you to compare. You *should* only need a phillps-head screwdriver to git 'er done.

There's no need to unhook the battery or any of that. You just need to undo the cover around the steering column--a few screws on the bottom, then squeeze it a bit and it pops open like a clamshell. Then you undo the ignition switch, unplug the switch, undo a few screws to detach it from the multiswitch assembly, and you're golden.

It's so easy to get in/out that I installed my replacement while sitting in the JY parking lot, so that I could make sure it worked, and exchange it for one of the half-dozen others I found that were identical on other cars (one of which was even a ZX2! :D).

HTH!

C ya,
Dutch
 

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Awesome! Calling JY as soon as they open...BUT:

- Haynes manual (and I thought I read it somewhere in here, too...) says that good idea to disable airbag when working in vicinity of steering column. Is this standard protocol?

- Re: wiper that now doesn't go all the way to the "left" - is something bent or is there an adjustment for this?

- Finally - are these intermittenly working wipers a typical symptom of the switch being bad, or could be something else?

Thanks for the headtstart guys (and the junkyard idea, I was already sweating handing over $250 to Pepboys.)
 

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if giving the actual wiper arm itself a pull made them work, I would say it's the wiper motor, not the switch. if wiggling the switch made them work, then I would vote switch.
 

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I had this problem also. I have a 99 zx2 and I had to get to the bot that holds the wiperblade, bc you were lucky that urs just stopped my wipers litterally feel off . So i figure out there was alot of shit almost like fibers caught in where the arms attach. So I would check that out and make sure the bolts are pretty tight to prevent that. That could be a problem???
 
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