1997 Chevrolet Lumina Windshield wipers

Tiny
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  • 1997 CHEVROLET LUMINA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 108,765 MILES
I left my windshield wipers up and turned the car off because we was getting a snow storm. They stayed this way for 2 days. I went and cleaned the snow off the car. When I started the windshield wipers went to the down position and stop. I turned the switch to the slowest speed and nothing happened. I turned it all the way to the quickest speed and the wipers went up about 1 inch and that it. They move back and for at a quick speed for the one inch and that's it. It doesn't do a complete cycle and only moves on high speed. I can hear the motor and the windshield wiper fluid still sprays out. Does the motor need to be replaced or a fuse? Or something
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Friday, January 24th, 2014 AT 1:48 PM

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Tiny
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There are three things it could be the wiper switch, the motor or the circuit board in the motor. If it works on high I would maybe think the circuit board but without checking it can't really give a definitive answer of which one it is.
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Friday, January 24th, 2014 AT 3:49 PM
Tiny
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OK I just want to check on a few things. I had the wipers checked out today. I was told I needed a Wiper Motor and a Wiper Transmission. Can you tell me are these the same parts? Most I have both Motor and Transmission done? I was a little leery because when the mechanic explained it to me he said it was a package and normally when you replace the Motor you replace the transmission because they go hand and hand. Is this true? Also if the motor is bad do I need to get the switch replaced as well. I attached a copy of the quotes and recommended work hope this will help. I'm looking at a $532.00 bill for wipers seems excessive.
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Saturday, January 25th, 2014 AT 3:34 PM
Tiny
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A wiper transmission is about $125 at rock auto and the motor rebuilt is from $85-100 each can be replaced separately. So having a guy do it you are talking at least $300 in parts because he will mark it up to make money as well. Then add labor and all your wipers stuff has to come off then replaced. The pics i'm sending are of the wiper motor and the long arrows on transmission is where they break and the short arrows is where they bend. Which in either case means replacement. Wipers should always be turned off due to freezing on windshield causes these kind of problems. Then they should be broken loose prior to turning them on after cleaning the snow off. A new motor is about $100 more than the rebuilt one.
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Saturday, January 25th, 2014 AT 3:48 PM

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