Problems with windshield wiper.

The driver's side windshield wiper arm not working.
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Hi, I have seen this before, and the repair is usually pretty simple. The wiper arm drive is a cone, and the wiper arm just slides on to the drive. A nut usually puts pressure on the arm down onto the cone and that is how it locks into the drive. Sometimes the nut comes loose from the back and forth motion of the wipers and the spring tension in the arm pushes it out of the cone. One of our technicians should be able to verify this and properly reinstall your wiper arm.

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There are a number of reasons why windscreen wipers stop working and these include: torn wipers, broken controls, a blown fuse, faults with the motor, damaged arms, snow or ice covering, loose pivot nuts and a break in the wires. Torn wipers – wiper blades are comprised of plastic with rubber attachments.
The most common reasons a Dodge Ram 1500 windshield wipers aren`t working are broken wiper motor and issues with the switch.
Before the wiper motor goes bad, you will probably experience a blown wiper fuse, which is intentional. The fuse is designed to be the circuits weak spot, which protects the wiper motor. Essentially, if your vehicle`s wiper motor is being overloaded, the fuse will blow to ensure the motor does not become damaged.
If your wiper motor runs but the wipers don`t move it`s most likely a mechanical problem, so you should start by examining the wiper assembly. This might be a disconnected wiper motor link arm, a jammed transmission, or locked gear.
You can manually move the wiper arms to the service position when you switch the ignition off.
Generally, the wiper control module is located under the dash, but it can be found in other places as well. If you have a hard time locating the module, consult the factory repair manual for the location.
Why Do Windscreen Wipers Shudder? This juddering problem on the windscreen is usually related to the wiper blades themselves or the windshield glass. Either of these could be dirty, sticky or in need of repair or replacement.
The problem you are describing likely stems from an intermittent electrical fault in the wiper circuit. The windshield wiper system uses a small electric motor to move the wiper arms that you see on the windshield. That electric motor is controlled through a switch, relay, fuse, and wiring.
If your wiper motor runs but the wipers don`t move it`s most likely a mechanical problem, so you should start by examining the wiper assembly. This might be a disconnected wiper motor link arm, a jammed transmission, or locked gear.

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Intermittent Windshield Wipers move 1/4 of the way
ANSWER : Your windshield wiper motor controller is not able to control the motor to bring it to the park position. The problem is in the wiper motor most likely or the body control module since you have same issue with the rear wiper also. Sine you are under basic warranty I would suggest having the dealer check to see if it is a covered repair. If not then a mechanic like one from YourMechanic can check and do the repairs for you.

How much to install a windshield wiper motor
ANSWER : Hi there. It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to that often dictates the price for replacement of a windshield wiper motor. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don’t have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office. Simply submit a quote request for a windshield wiper motor replacement including your vehicle information and we’ll be able to send you a quote.

Wiper has to manually be lifted before working – 1996 Chevrolet Beretta
ANSWER : You will have to replace the "wiper arm shaft" and/or wiper arm for the side which isn’t working. Both of these components have very small splines which interlock when the nut is tightened. A heavy snow or ice load can cause the splines to break down, or strip, rather than damage the electric motor. A certified technician from YourMechanic can replace the windshield wiper arm at your home or office.

My windshield has a black mark because my wiper blade was stolen and I operated the wiper without the blade; how can I remove this
ANSWER : You can use a mild polish like a toothpaste that will clean the glass without scratching the glass. Use it with small circular motion to polish off the marks.

Windshield wipers less effective when I’m driving fast
ANSWER : Hello. It is possible that air is getting under the windshield wipers, making them ineffective. Although it is more likely that the windshield wiper arms are getting bent and/or have worn out. Sometimes the windshield wipers can be bent or worn out enough that the wind would be able to lift the wiper blade off of the window when driving at high speeds.

It will probably be necessary to replace the windshield wiper arms in order to fix the problem that you are experiencing. If you need help with this, a certified technician can help replace the windshield wiper arms for you.

Windshield wipers not moving.
ANSWER : The wipers on your vehicle are powered by a multi-speed motor that is controlled by the wiper switch and a relay module. A set of gears, crank arm, and linkage attach the motor to the wipers. If you hear the motor running and the wipers barely move, the problem is likely in the linkage. A professional will be able to remove the cowl and underhood seals to determine the exact cause. I suggest you have a certified technician inspect your wipers to pinpoint the cause of your problem.

Windshield wipers move slow and get stuck
ANSWER : A few different items can cause the windshield wipers to work slow. The most common causes are the windshield motor beginning to fail, poor electrical connection at the windshield motor, or high resistance at the wiper motor. A qualified technician will be able to diagnose your window issue and perform any repairs required.

Car turns off
ANSWER : The problem sounds like your alternator has stopped charging the car. This will cause the car to have weak electronics like what you are experiencing. Have the charging system double checked, and if verified as the fault, replace the bad alternator.