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Old 04-14-2009, 02:27 PM   #1
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Discovery Windshield Wiper Switch

The windshield wipers on my 1996 Discovery will only work when I press the windshield washer button. The wipers run their pre-set two or three times, then shut off.

The rotary switch doesn't turn the wipers on so I must presume the 12-year old switch has finally given up the ghost. Since the wipers work after pressing the windshield wiper button, I know it isn't the fuse nor the wiper motor. Could it be anything other than the switch?

Since the headlight switch on these prototype Discovery's is a mid-1990's type Ford truck switch, would a Ford truck dealer also have the windshield wiper switch? Or is that one presumption too many?

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Old 04-14-2009, 06:24 PM   #2
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You should troubleshoot out the switch. It could be in the regulator at the motor. Are you getting voltage out of the switch when low or high speed is selected?

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Old 04-15-2009, 07:04 AM   #3
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When I fiirst got my D I could not turnn on the wiper. I found I was turning the dial behind the push button windshield washer. I found that I had to turn the washer button to activate the washer. I sometimes forget that even now. I know that this may have nothing to do with you however it was good for meto remdmber it as I will be leaving soon for the summer to volunter in WA.
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:12 AM   #4
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Mike, I haven't even pulled the switch off the dash yet. A volunteer's life is a busy one.

Chuck, you may have hit the nail on the head. I'll check tonight when I get back home. I remember pulling and pushing on the rotary delay wheel while turning it but I never actually turned the button you depress to activate the washer. Duh.....

Now that shows you just how bad the drought is here in the Hill Country of Texas. I never use the darn wipers unless I'm trying to get my inspection sticker renewed.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:58 AM   #5
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It works !

Chuck, thanks to your suggestion, my windshield wiper switch problem turned out to be just the loose nut behind the steering wheel.

You know, when I do stuff like that, I really feel my age.

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