A year ago, my windshield wiper motor failed and I had to have it replaced;
well two weeks after the guarantee expired on the replacement motor, it
failed again, so it cost me another $180.00 to replace it again and though
they work functionally (intermittent/low speed/high speed), they're loud and
My question is: are windshield wipor motors a common problem with 1996 Dodge
I think the motor came from "Carquest", an auto parts store chain here in
the NW. I live in a small town on the Oregon coast and I took my van to a
local mechanic and he gets some of his parts that way.
So do you mean that if it isn't a genuine Dodge replacement part, it might
be inferior and not work properly?
If you ever took apart an alternator or starter that came from certain
aftermarket rebuilders and actually saw what they do to call it rebuilt you
would laugh. There's alot of remans that are just cleaned, spray painted
and put back on the market.
If they give you a warranty on it and the part fails within the warranty
they simply give you another part, you pay to put it on or do it yourself,
they don't care.
If you purchase a MOPAR part you have a 12/12 or 3/36 warranty,they pay the
labor if the dealer installed it. I would never recommend aftermarket reman
parts such as what you had installed.
There fore the answer to your question about wiper motors lasting more then
a year... my answer is no if they are remans!!!
Just a thought
Thanks Glenn, if it fails again I will definitely heed your warnings!
However, the motor that just failed was aledgedly a "New" part, I remember
because the mechanic who replaced it told me that I had a choice, I could
replace it with a rebuilt motor, or for $25 more, I could get a new one, I
paid the extra thinking that it would probably never fail again; I mean
really, out of all the cars I've owned in my life, I've never had a wiper
I do have the receipt, the description calls it a "Domestic Wiper Motor" and
the part number was 40-3001 and it cost $94.15. The receipt is dated
The one that was just installed has the same description and part number as
the one that failed.
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