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Old 19 Jul 2010, 12:45 pm
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Default Wipers Work On Intermittent Setting Only

'91 Civic Hatchback

suddenly has windshield wiper problems... the wipers work on the INTERMITTENT setting only... the LOW, HI, and MIST settings do nothing at all

(the front washer fluid spray is OK, the rear window wiper & fluid spray are OK)


disconnectiong & reconnecting the wiring connectors under the hood at the motor, plus at the the control stalk switch assembly on the steering column, and also sprayed these with DeOxit contact cleaner... made no difference

pulled the motor assembly out, and visually all seems OK (have no real way of assessing)... opened motor itself and cleamed out some black powder... tried running the motor while sitting free (disconnected from linkage) by running it on INTERMITTENT... motor seems to run fine, smoothly, and is very strong when I tried to restrain it by hand

the 15A fuse on the fuse block is fine, intermittent delay relay seems to be OK since it makes a periodic clicking sound as the intermmittent wipers are running

checked the wiper stalk switch connector: I removed it and tested the switch pins for continuity using the continuity test guide in my owner's manual... ran through all tests, in the specified order... the switch tested perfectly for all the switch settings, so I can assume the stalk switch is NOT the cause of the problems, so I reinstalled it

is it possible that the "intermittent delay" relay is somehow defective and preventing the other settings from working? speaking of that relay, I can hear it clicking intermittently (as it should) somewhere very near to the fuse panel below the dash, but cannot find it!... where is that relay and what does it look like? maybe I can open it and check the solder joints etc.? (I've done this with 2 other relays in this car and fixed both)

ANY IDEAS? ... any help would be hugely appreciated... thanks!
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Old 23 Jul 2010, 01:50 am
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Default Re: Wipers Work On Intermittent Setting Only


it was a broken ground wire (black = ground) down behind driver's left foot area... it's a common connection to both LO and HI, but INTERMITTENT didn't use it... took a long study of the schematic to point me in the right direction after trying just about everything else

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