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Old 12-21-2009, 08:37 AM   #1
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Wipers dont work & its been snowing!

Im here in NYC and we got an unusual amount of snow saturday night, which was AWESOME!

Whats not awesome is that in the middle of this crazy snowfall my wipers stop working.

At first they slowed down and barely moved across the windshield. Then they stopped completely and I couldnt even move them by hand.

Yesterday, i got them to move but only if i forced them by hand and then they stopped working again and are now dead.

Is the motor fried? I assume its not the controls since my sprayer still works.

Anyone have pics of where the motor is located and anyone know of a good replacement? Do the XJ or YJ have the same one by any chance, or a better one for that matter....

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I dont have good pics for ya, but I replaced the motor on mine just last week. Its pretty straight forward procedure and the motor will run you just inside of $100. The motor is located under the rectangular piece of metal immediately in front of the windshield and behind the hood.

Basic removal instructions:
1. Remove the wipers and arms. There is a clip right at the base that you need to slide to get them off. Then just pull.
2. Unscrew the metal piece, there are 5 screws on top and 2 (or was it 4?) just behind the weather strip where it meets the hood. Gently pull away the weather strip to get to these screws.
3. Carefully remove it and the wiper motor/assembly will be apparent in the center just in front of the windshield.

Any questions/clarification let me know, I'll try to get it answered.

The problem (at least on mine), was the rubber boot that came installed over the factory motor allowed water and salt to get under the boot and sit in the motor and just rust away. It was in pretty terrible shape.

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go get some rain X till you get em fixed
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:48 PM   #4
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Thank you very much catITguy, I am gonna pull it apart and see whats going in there tonight and HOPEFULLY i wont have to spend the $$$ on a new motor, but ill know soon!

I thought that it might have frozen up on me to tell you the truth. I figured maybe some water collected in that condom looking boot that goes over it and it froze up. Although i thought that it would defrost when the engine warmed up...but nope.

And hahaha rawkon, I did that last night...it did help, i cant lie, especially on the highway
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