Windshield wipers quit working

Tiny
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  • 1997 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 151,000 MILES

Hello guys,
About a week ago it started snowing heavily here at Columbus. But I had to go to work and I turned on heat plus I also engaged the wiper as to remove ice/snow accumulating constantly on the screen. However, within five to seven minutes the wiper stopped working. Initially I thought it got frozen and would work again when temperature gets higher. However, last week I could not get it working anymore. So is this the motor which needs to be replaced or there might be some tricks I do not know? Also, if the motor is damaged how much would it cost?
PS. I tried to pull the blades by hand, manually, to see if it works, but I cannot really move the blades even if I apply lot of pressure!
Thanks in advance for any suggestions/comments!

Saturday, January 5th, 2013 AT 2:40 PM

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Tiny
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It sounds like the motor has failed from all the snow in the motor itself.

Roy

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 AT 3:08 PM
Tiny
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Roy: Thanks! So the motor needs to be replaced? Any idea about the cost?

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 AT 3:55 PM
Tiny
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Motor around $89.00 and labor Is about one hour.

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 AT 4:31 PM
Tiny
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Went to Firestone and they charged $211.00 for the motor and $90 for labor totaling $299.00. I asked why the part is so overpriced they said they want that much margin to run the business!

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013 AT 7:43 PM
Tiny
MAILLOUX
  • 1999 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • MERGED

Windshield wipers quit working.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 AT 4:20 PM
Tiny
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Check fuses and relays and post back.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 AT 4:20 PM
Tiny
MAILLOUX
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Thanks. I did find that it was a fuse. However, it is worth noting that the fuse box inside the vehicle is hidden behind the coin drawer on the driver side. Took a while to locate it.

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 AT 4:21 PM
Tiny
MARKETINN
  • 2001 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • MERGED

Four cylinder front wheel drive automatic 160,000 miles

On my car when I turn the intermittent wiper switch on it will not work, but when I have the wiper switch on a regular speed and fast they will work alright. Can you please tell what could be the problem?

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 AT 4:21 PM
Tiny
MARTIN MEIER
  • 1989 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • MERGED

My wipers do not work. Do I change a fuse if so which one? If not a fuse what could be the problem?

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 AT 4:21 PM
Tiny
359BRENDA
  • 2003 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • MERGED

Four cylinder front wheel drive automatic high miles

Bought this car two years ago. Last winter my wipers started not to work when it was cold outside. I noticed a bit of a noise when the wipers were working so I changed the wiper motor. Seemed to work fine until a couple of weeks ago the same thing started happening minus the noisy wiper motor. Could it be the wiper motor again? When I try to see if they are working my headlights seem to dim a bit or my heater motor seems to slow down. Help!

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 AT 4:21 PM

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