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Old 08-19-2003, 11:10   #1 (permalink)
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Non Retracting Wipers/Power Lock Failure

Ladies and Gents, I've got a problem.

My 1996 Grand Marquis has become a very nasty money pit. I've had to replace all four Power Window Motors, and now two more random problems have reared their ugly head. Before I humbly retreat to my dealership to shell out more cash, i'd like to see if anyone else knows how to repair these problems w/out the huge expense of taking it to the shop.

The first problem is more of an annoynace, than a real issue. My Winshield Wipers no longer retract when I turn them off, they instead go into a fully vertical posistion. They wipe as normal, they just dont like going back down.

The second problem is significantly more of a problem. My drivers door is permanatly locked. It only opens when the handle is pulled from the inside, thus my situaion of having to enter the car from the passenger side only...


If anyone knows where to turn, i would greatly appreciate it

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Re: Non Retracting Wipers/Power Lock Failure

The most common reason for both of your problem's is a lack of a good ground.
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Good Ground?

What does that mean (auto moron i am)

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Actually, I know what "grounding" is in regards to electric items, however, more specificaly, how does one "improve the ground" of their vehicle?

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All automotive grounding curcuit's are suspect to dirt, corrosion, and working their way loose. Car vibration, dampness in the air combined with heat. In your particular case first chech the grounding curcuit to the wiper's and also the curcuit for your window motor's, witout a ground wire they may ground when bolted into place. Check for dirt or corrosion at the contact point. I try to alway's use "Dielectric" grease in these area's to prevent future problem's.
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