For years my '95 Taurus has left the front wipers in the UP position
whenever you shut them OFF. Until recently, all I had to do was put
them on the lowest intermittent setting, get out of the car, gently
hold/push the wipers in the DOWN position, and shut them OFF.
Last week, the wiper motor became so overpowering that I can no longer
push them DOWN. They are UP when ever I shut them OFF; they will not
Otherwise, the wipers work fine; only problem is shutting them OFF.
One mechanic thought it was the 'governor' that was faulty. Others
have suggested wiper motor needs replacement.
If the wipers work fine, then the motor is fine.
Question: by "up position", exactly what do ya mean.. if you turn them off
in mid-cycle, do they just stop where they are? Or do they return to where
their lowest point in the cycle?
If it's option 1: I have no clue, But, if it's #2..There is likely a switch
somewhere that changes the wipers from "Normal" to "Winter" mode.. My Ford
Probe had this, and would cause the exact thing, to help prevent the wipers
from being iced over while retracted.. they just wouldnt retract. Look
under the dashboard first.. The switch on the Probe looked like a large
fuse that was movable, you unplugged one thing, and plugged it somewhere
else.. Look for this..
You do not understand how the wipers work, suggest you not make suggestions. The
"park mode" was only on the Probe because it was a Mazda. It is a different
The typical Ford unit has a switch in the motor that tells the governor ( if
equipped with interval wipers ) when to stop the motor for both park and
intermittent mode. If the car doe not have intermittent mode the switch is to
park the blades in the correct position ( no governor ).
Perhaps so, but my Mazda MX-6 (which was the same vehicle basically as the
Probe, 1 year later model) did NOT have such a thing, as the wipers always
stayed parked, and never retracted.. in fact, the only vehicles I've seen
where the wipers completely retract were all American auto makers.. and
usually a "comfort" line like Taurus, Crown Vics and competitive vehicles
Having read all the other helpful replies, I remembered that my Ford
wipers had an all-off "DOWN" position that secured the wipers, such
as if you were going into a car wash. They also had an "UP" position
during the "intermittent" or delayed action wipe - and of course they
would stay in that position if you turned off the power. (If you went
through the car wash with the wipers in that position, they would be
torn off!) I think this is what you are talking about.
If it is, and if you've been pushing the wipers 'down' from the 'up'
position, they may have slipped so that they now think the 'up' is
what you see as 'down'.
Of course that implies that the control or the switch was faulty in
the first place. - RM
Only if you turned the car off, if you turned off the wipers, they would park.
But at the same token, if you were to turn the car off while the wipers were in
operation the blades would just stop. So moral of the story, turn off the
wipers, then turn off the car.
My 94 Taurus wagon is doing the same thing. If I'm incredibly fast on
the draw I can get the wipers to end up nearly at the bottom. Normal
shut off means they are way up on the windshielf, and yet they work
fine. My mechanic suggests a $105 motor.
How tough is it to pull a wiper motor from a junkyard?
Don't have the answer to your question. However, not being a wealthy
person there have been many occasions in my life that I have gone to
great lengths to save a few bucks. All too many times I have expended
$500 worth of effort to save $50. I'm sure many in this newsgroup can
There is a reason it is called a junk yard. There is a difference between being
cheap and inexpensive. A wiper motor rebuilt or new with a warranty from a
reputable parts store is always the way to go.
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