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Old 05-28-2007, 17:22   #1 (permalink)
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Wiper Won't "Park"

Okay, I'm new here and I have searched this forum for precisely this thing, but didn't really find what I was hoping for. So please excuse me if this is a redundant question. I have a 2002 Taurus SES (actually it's my wife's car predominantly) and just a few days ago she said, "the wipers don't seem to be going down as far as they used to when I shut them off."

I did a Google search and it appears that wiper "parking" is an issue on the Taurus, and it has to do with a circuit in the wiper motor. Unfortunately, from what I have gathered, the wiper motor has several different circuits for normal, fast, intermittent speeds, and for "parking" the wipers after shutting them off, but you can't replace any circuit one-by-one...if one is bad, the whole motor has to be replaced.

So my first question would be...is this the case in any of your experiences with this particular problem?

If so, where exactly IS the wiper motor located on a 2002 Taurus. I know basically what the motor itself looks like, but couldn't locate it under the hood. Do I have to take off the windshield/wiper cowl, like I did when I was wedging a new cabin air filter in a few months ago?

I can get a new motor for something like $60 from Rockauto.com and replace it myself...if I can just locate the darn thing.

OR...hopefully maybe one of you will have a solution for me that does not involve replacing the motor entirely.

ANY assistance any of you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-02-2007, 22:53   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Wiper Won't "Park"

The problem is a switch in the wiper motor or a bad connection at the wiper motor. A JY one would do, or eBay.

The wiper motor is inside the drivers side cowl directly between the wiper arms.
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Old 06-03-2007, 06:59   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Wiper Won't "Park"

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The problem is a switch in the wiper motor or a bad connection at the wiper motor. A JY one would do, or eBay.

The wiper motor is inside the drivers side cowl directly between the wiper arms.
Thanks-a-million Shoz. Good info. I didn't just want to start tearing off that cowl if I didn't have to or if the motor was somewhere else that I couldn't see on quick inspection of the engine bay.

Will take a look to see if it's just a loose or corroded connection and if it's not, and it does require a replacement motor entirely, then I'll check e-Bay as you suggested.

Thanks again.
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