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Old 12-13-2019, 04:55 AM   #1
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Finally, wiper success

I have done many repairs and upgrades to my 2003 Alpine in the last 5 years. Every one of them has ended in me feeling that I had accomplished my goal. All but one. For 5 years I have been fighting a problem with my windshield wipers. As i'm driving they would turn on by themselves. This was a real nuisance especially when your windshield if full of bugs and the wipers smear them across your field of vision. I spent hours researching this problem on line. I replaced the control box and steering wheel buttons. No luck. Took the entire steering column apart looking for a pinched or worn wire, No luck. Unplugged all connections that I could find and cleaned them, No luck. I called the manufacturer, they outsourced their trouble shooting to an independent company that wanted me to send them all components for testing, several hundred dollars with no guarantees. As I was telling my friend Greg, (retired electrician) my wiper woes, he told me about a well hidden plug that connects the system to the wiper motor. I found it on the outside of the firewall, tucked way up under the dash, near the wiper motor. All looked good, and it was solidly plugged in. I took it apart, blew it out, packed it with electrical grease, and plugged it back in. It has been 3 months and several trips since, and my problem is gone. Thanks Greg.

In doing my research, I ran into many people that have had this same problem. I hope this possible solution will work for you as well.

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Old 12-13-2019, 07:15 AM   #2
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Good Stuff Fred

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Old 12-13-2019, 10:19 AM   #3
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When I was packing up the automotive part of the shop before we hit the road, I grabbed my big tube of dialectric grease. Your story just confirms it's a good practice to put a little on any connections I work with, especially those exposed to the elements.

So where is this plug? Got a picture? lol
Maybe I should just get up front and grease them all up.
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Old 12-14-2019, 09:31 AM   #4
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Alpineer, have a problem when select the delayed option it only works for a few minutes then it stops until i restart it again. Still haven't figured the problem out.
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Old 12-15-2019, 06:24 AM   #5
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My wipers also acted this way before I blew out and greased that connection. Just follow the wiper motor down to the plug, you can't miss it.
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