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Old 27 May 2013, 11:30 am
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Default Windshield Wiper Problems

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My windshield wipers have been acting up more lately. I first posted about them in May '12, how they would turn on by themselves if I made a turn, or if I turned on the turn signal. After our power steering was replaced two years ago, the problem became more frequent, but still not constant. You'd just have to turn them off when they turned on. They also seem to act up more when the weather changes.

Recently, they have been acting up more, and are more difficult to get off once they are on.We didn't drive the car between Thursday night and Sunday afternoon. My husband turned them on to clean the windows and forgot to turn them off before turning off the engine, and today, they will not turn off at all! They were in the on position, but would not stop when turned to off. We had a 10 minute trip out and made sure they were off when we got out, but they still came on by themselves when we got back in.

Someone had mentioned the ground wires or the MFS. Could one of these be the problem considering the problem has occurred for so long? I hate to take it to the dealer (we are not car savvy). Like all of our weird auto problems, I'm sure it won't replicate and they'll just charge me for whatever they think it could be, it won't be that, and the car will still do it...
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Old 30 May 2013, 05:33 am
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I made an appt with the dealer to check out the windshield wipers for Friday, and in the meantime, I had my husband try and adjust the steering wheel differently to see if that would have any change. He lowered it a bit, and it did nothing, they still stayed on. Then he tried raising it a little higher than he previously had it, and he was then able to turn off the wipers!

What does this sound like?
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Old 30 May 2013, 12:47 pm
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Default Re: Windshield Wiper Problems

the wiring is pretty tight in the column. when the steering is lowered there's been things such as radio illumination dimming, horn not working, etc.

i would leave it raised enough to where the wipers continue to work. not sure if there's been a fix for this dilemma.
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Old 31 May 2013, 08:11 am
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Raising the steering column up got them to turn off, but at least one time since then, they came on by themselves when first turning on the car and then turned themselves off. I've not tried to use them since then because I didn't want them to get stuck back on.

Have it at the dealer today, and they said it's a bad switch. They have it in stock, so I opted to replace. $250. Sure wish I knew how to work on cars myself!!
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Old 31 May 2013, 11:27 am
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that's a shame. the part is right around $50 and it's very simple to replace. check the "how to" in the tech section.

i absolutely hate the way dealers rip people off.
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Default Re: Windshield Wiper Problems

Now with the first rain of the year, the wipers in our 2006 base would not shut off. There is no fuse to pull, so that was no help. In frustration I banged on the end of the wiper stalk with the ball of my fist a couple of times, and .... bingo! The wipers shut off. So there must be a worn connection or some sort of short in the wiper control/switch in the steering column... that's my guess.
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Old 02 Nov 2014, 01:02 pm
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Now with the first rain of the year, the wipers in our 2006 base would not shut off. There is no fuse to pull, so that was no help. In frustration I banged on the end of the wiper stalk with the ball of my fist a couple of times, and .... bingo! The wipers shut off. So there must be a worn connection or some sort of short in the wiper control/switch in the steering column... that's my guess.
Did you turn them back on afterwards, do they still work..??
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Old 05 Dec 2017, 06:34 pm
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Did you turn them back on afterwards, do they still work..??
Hi guys ! My wipers are playing up as well. Sometimes they work fine, then they wont do anything apart from switch to the fastest speed and I have to park them by luck
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Hi guys ! My wipers are playing up as well. Sometimes they work fine, then they wont do anything apart from switch to the fastest speed and I have to park them by luck
In most cases, this is going to be the multi-function switch. Of course, it could be something else. But on the PT's this is usually it.
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Old 05 Dec 2017, 07:50 pm
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Hi guys ! My wipers are playing up as well. Sometimes they work fine, then they wont do anything apart from switch to the fastest speed and I have to park them by luck
A wiper system has some interesting design elements. There's a "park switch" in the wiper motor that senses when the wipers are in the park position. When you turn the wiper switch off, the "park switch" keeps the wiper motor running until the wipers are in the park position, then the "park switch" shuts off the wiper motor.

For continuous operation, the wiper switch applies power to either a low speed winding in the wiper motor or a high speed winding.

The intermittence of the windshield wiper is controlled by the TIPM.

If you are having trouble parking the wipers I would suggest checking the park switch in the wiper motor.
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