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Old 03-15-2015, 08:54 PM
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Wiper switch?

My wipers only work when you pull on the switch to activate the washer. Otherwise I have no wipers. Any ideas or easy fix? 2001 TJ

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Did they just start doing this or have they always been that way? If switch on your '01 TJ is same as my '05, its attached to the multi-function switch that operates your headlights and turn signals. You'll have to pull the shroud that covers your steering column to get to it if you're going to fix it. You can probably find a 'how to' YouTube video that shows how to get to the switch. Good luck!

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Old 03-15-2015, 09:25 PM   #3
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Well, you know it's not the wiper motor or fuse. Doesn't leave much does it?
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:39 AM   #4
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Most likely just a switch replacement, if you do not have intermittent wipers it's a good time to upgrade
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Multi function switch...silly thing controls everything.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:31 AM   #6
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My wiper problem was water in the wiring block,
after I got it dryed out and sealed up the work fine,
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:53 AM   #7
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Sounds like the switch to me. Fairly easy to replace.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:56 PM   #8
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Multi function switch...silly thing controls everything.
I thought that was new in 02' no?
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My wiper problem was water in the wiring block, after I got it dryed out and sealed up the work fine,
that's interesting, my issue started after a car wash now that I think about it...
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if every thing is working when it is Dry outside,
and then it rains or you go through water like a mud hole
or high water and something stops working the problem could be Water in something,???
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Multi function switch...silly thing controls everything.
On my Ford Explorer, if the MFS goes out so does all the brake lights! Seems to go out ever 5 years.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:52 PM
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I ordered a new wiper control today. There was a great video on YouTube on installing a new light control module on the steering column that also involves the wiper switch. It looked easy enough so I will give it a try next week
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I would like to see the Video, can you post where it is ?
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The linked video is to replace the light switch but as you can see the wiper control is also right there.
http://youtu.be/iSdw-7p7vhQ
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Ok, true confessions folks. You all were too kind. No one said, "Hey, are you operating the switch correctly?" So... on my Patriot DD to operate the wipers you turn the knob on the wiper controller. You keep turning it to operate the delay. I bought my TJ in December and put it in the garage, parked for the salt season. I must have had a moment of clarity driving it home that night because I had the wipers running. This spring I took it out washed it and, obviously, did not operate the switch correctly. I got it to mist by pushing the lever down, wash by pulling the lever put when I turned the knob... Nothing. All I had to do was push the lever up! Anyway, I discovered this after ordering the new controller, taking the steering cover off, removing the old controller, installing the new one and before I put it all back together I tried it and it did not "work". Inadvertently, while messing with it, I pushed the lever up and ... Shazam! I hope autozone lets me return the part. My wife accused me of "loving my Tj to death"

Anyway, thanks for not assuming I was just stupid, though, in this case, I will admit, that at best, I was a bit slow.
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Ok, true confessions folks. You all were too kind. No one said, "Hey, are you operating the switch correctly?" So... on my Patriot DD to operate the wipers you turn the knob on the wiper controller. You keep turning it to operate the delay. I bought my TJ in December and put it in the garage, parked for the salt season. I must have had a moment of clarity driving it home that night because I had the wipers running. This spring I took it out washed it and, obviously, did not operate the switch correctly. I got it to mist by pushing the lever down, wash by pulling the lever put when I turned the knob... Nothing. All I had to do was push the lever up! Anyway, I discovered this after ordering the new controller, taking the steering cover off, removing the old controller, installing the new one and before I put it all back together I tried it and it did not "work". Inadvertently, while messing with it, I pushed the lever up and ... Shazam! I hope autozone lets me return the part. My wife accused me of "loving my Tj to death"

Anyway, thanks for not assuming I was just stupid, though, in this case, I will admit, that at best, I was a bit slow.

What's more important is the feedback you provided, to many post a problem looking for direction without ever posting results. We all have our moments.
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Those moments are called a brain fart!! For some of us its a senior moment! Thanks for the update
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Okay that's pretty funny haha. Glad you figured it out.

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