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Old 08-18-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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Skipping windshield wipers

My windshield wipers are hesitating a couple of times when they skim across the windshield. I have replaced the wipers so that's not it. Is this the start of the motor going bad?

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Old 08-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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I have the same problem. I swapped motors and still have the problem. Next thing for me is to remove and clean any ground connections. One ground strap from engine to firewall has corroded and broke. I'd be interested if your ground strap is still good.

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Old 08-18-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Did replacing it, fix it?
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:54 PM   #4
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Did replacing it, fix it?
I haven't replaced it yet. I can't find where it went on the engine. I don't think it matters. A couple of those straps need replacing; I am going to have to spend a few hours cleaning and addressing general grounding issues and cable deficiencies.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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Maybe the glass needs an extreme cleaning.. Like with straight ammonia or alcohol or acetone?? Then a rain-x treatment..

Or maybe the arms are tweaked so the blade is being pushed across the glass instead of being perpendicular, not allowing the blade to bend in the correct direction..
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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My 99 was doing same thing and finally quit. Had to replace wiper motor. Not a big deal.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:50 PM   #7
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I've had this issue and added some of these - Snuggies - Jeep Windshield Wiper Arm Tensioner

They helped at first, but now really don't. Next thing I can figure is the springs in the wiper arms themselves. Not sure if there's any relation to the fact that when I turn my wipers off, they don't return to a perfectly flat position.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:06 PM   #8
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Not sure if there's any relation to the fact that when I turn my wipers off, they don't return to a perfectly flat position.

I had the same symptom before the wipers stopped working all together. The dealer replaced the motor under warranty.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #9
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I'd believe a motor issue but have you checked to see if the linkage is straight and not hitting something or if the bushings are cracked. I'd remove the cowel and watch it in motion. My motor went out last year and I noticed the linkage wasn't the straightest.

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