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Old 04-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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Wiper Qestion - Newbie from New England

I have a 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ (4.0L, 6 cylinder). I’ve never had any work done to the wipers (motor, switch, arms, etc.) since the Jeep was purchased new in 1999. A few weeks ago, the wipers were working some of the time when called for. If they did work, they would work for a couple minutes, and then stop working altogether. I was told it was probably a switch problem. I’m a TOTAL non-mechanic, but to replace the switch seemed like it would be easy. Picked up a new ACDelco switch off amazon and replaced it - same problem. Put the old switch back in. Wipers worked off and on for another week or so, now nothing at all. Think the motor is the next logical step? Is that a fix that a newbie could make? Access to the motor doesn’t seem to be too difficult.

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I did the same thing...twice. I'm on the second new wiper motor in my '98. Good luck. It is more expensive than you think a new motor should be, but not too bad.

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Old 04-02-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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I think 99% of the folks on WF would fix it themselves. I had my Jeep mechanic do it because I may be even less mechanically inclined than the 1%.
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A few weeks ago, the wipers were working some of the time when called for. If they did work, they would work for a couple minutes, and then stop working altogether.

I had the same problem and it was the motor.


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Think the motor is the next logical step? Is that a fix that a newbie could make?

Yes and yes.


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Access to the motor doesn’t seem to be too difficult.

It's easy. Just be careful removing the cowl panel so you don't scratch up the paint (if you care).
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