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Old 09-19-2009
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Wipers won't work all the time

I just picked up my Ranger today, 95 regular cab with 200,000 miles. The wipers did not work when it was raining. I ended up leaving them turned on when it was not raining not thinking about turning them off since they were not working. Driving about 45 minutes later, the wipers wiped. So I know the fuse is not blown. The motor works to some extent. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what was your resolution? Thanks.
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I would check what fuse it is on the box, then follow the wiring and see if you have a frayed or messed up wire. If that doesn't work RAIN-X the pizz out of it lol...
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could be a bad switch maybe
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Multifunction switch is pile of crap. That where I would start.

My wipers started acting funny on the wash cycle. The wipe slower and slower and then stop. Not sure if its motor or switch yet.
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Thanks. I start digging into it on my next day off from work.
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Old 09-21-2009
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FYI... Some parts stores won't let you return an electrical part if you've installed it.

When I suspected my multi-function switch was going out, I bought one, slaved it in real quick and ended up returning it. I just told them that I used my meter to ohm out the switch and used that as a comparison to my unit.

FWIW, my problem ended up being the wiper motor. It wouldn't work on any of the intermittent settings, worked like a champ on low/high continuous.
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I had a problem with my wipers too, but before I did any serious testing I just messed around with the relays. My wipers would work in low/ high continuous, but not on intermittent settings. I swapped two of the relays around and now my wipers work perfectly. I just had a bad relay.
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Old 10-01-2009
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My wipers won't work in any selection. While I am driving they just turn on like they are being controlled by a ghost. I have a multifunction switch on its way and will start from there.
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My wipers won't work in any selection. While I am driving they just turn on like they are being controlled by a ghost. I have a multifunction switch on its way and will start from there.
Yes, the good old phantom wipers. The multifunction switch is almost always the problem there. For now just pile on the rain-x!
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Old 10-03-2009
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I ended up replacing the multi-function switch and they work perfectly. Now on to replacing the headliner.
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Old 10-13-2009
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I would say multifunction switch. Just think about it. 200,000 miles of continuously using a switch all the while the contacts are wearing out and getting dirty. Thats where i would start testing it. Never assume in the auto world though, one test is worth a thousand educated guesses.
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