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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 10th, 03, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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I was wondering if anyone could help me..this problem is more of a minor thing and is just annoying more than anything...but here's the problem.

My wipers now all of a sudden will not go down when they are stopped. I turn the wiper off and instead of moving down into the off position they now move straight up and down and stop. My current fix is to unplug the fuse during nice days and plug it back in on bad days...but this kinda sucks! I have a 1997 Camaro RS...I was just wondering if this is definitely a Wiper Motor replacement or if there is a possible fix for this? Thanks!!
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Sounds like your wiper arm linkage is 180 degrees out. Take the nut off of the motor shaft and remove the linkage. Turn the wipers on and off and let the motor go into park position, then re-attach the linkage with the wipers down.

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I have a similar problem on my 97 z24. Wipers work fine, but when I shut them off, they remain up across the windshield. I took the car to a chevy dealer for a recall and had them look at the wipers. They told me the wiper transmission assembly was bent. I asked how much to fix it and they quoted me $500. The transmission assembly was $290 alone. I laughed at the price. I'm not spending $500 to fix the wipers for a 97 z24. I love Chevy's, but this car was built poorly. Thank god both of my camaro's (96 and 69)were not built this crappy. I've been driving around like that for 10 months now and it really is starting to bother me. I am heading to the junk yard for a used one and will replace it myself when it warms up.

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I'll try to detatch the linkage and see if that works...but it's weird because the wipers work fine when they are on, it's just when they are turned off that they don't...that's when they go straight up and down, but when I turn them back on they sweep down normal and continue to sweep up and down...you sure detatching the linkage would help this?
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When you turn them off, do they stop there or do
the always "park" in the same location ?

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When I turn them off they always park in the same spot no matter where in the swipe I turn them off at....
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 03, 07:48 AM
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If you do what I suggested you should be fine.

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 06, 10:15 AM
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I have a '98 Camaro with the stock wiper motor.

Last week it started doing the same thing as your car - it works fine, but when I go to turn it off, it parks in the middle of the windshield.

I'm the original owner and haven't touched the wipers - it's the way they came from the factory.

So what's wrong and what needs to be replaced?

Also - I looked under the hood and couldn't find the wiper motor or controller - where are they located?

Thanks for the help!!

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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 06, 09:22 PM
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replace the wiper board,pulse board what ever combo you have.This is the brains of your system and has taken a day off.you do not need a tranny.The ckt board is seperate and easily replaced without a new motor.
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replace the wiper board,pulse board what ever combo you have.This is the brains of your system and has taken a day off.you do not need a tranny.The ckt board is seperate and easily replaced without a new motor.
I had the same problem.......it turned out to be the board. It shorted out and the wipers would not go into the park position. Sometimes if I get water on the wiper motor, the same thing will happen until the motor dries.

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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 06, 10:27 AM
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Re: Windshield Wiper Motor!

Thanks for the reply!!

I found the motor and tranny under the windshield - but you said this is not the problem - right?

So where is this little circuit board you mentioned located? under the dash?

Thanks again, :-)
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Mike, check under the plastic cover of the unit where the wires go into the motor. You should be able to see the board after removing the cover.

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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 06, 09:30 AM
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Re: Windshield Wiper Motor!

Thanks Dave,

I see where the connector plugs into the motor/board, but how the heck do I remove it?

There a frame supporting the wiper arm in the way and it impossible to get a tool way back in there. How did you remove the circuit board? It's a bugger!

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Mike, I tried to look for a good link explaining the procedure on removing the board and couldn't find one. If I remember correctly, there are two screws holding the board to the wiper housing (It's the board with the connectors on the right side of the unit). You should just be able to use a nut driver or phillips head to remove the screws and pull the board out. You might have to remove that part of the linkage if that is in the way. Also test out the wiper motor before installing the cover. The wipers must be in the park position to install the cover. Hope this helps. Dave

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remove the windshield cowling and haul out the whole assembly and put it on the bench.The ckt board is attached with torx bolts.Inverted,compare the old with the new,locate the cam and reinstall with sealer for water intrusion.Be carefull of the base of the windshield glass while removing and reinstalling.Been there,done that.
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