Wipers not working

Tiny
DEARSMITHS
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2004 Acura MDX

My rear wiper, both windshield wiper pumps, and the front windshield wiper intermittent function do not work. Its seems odd that all these would go out at the same time. Has anyone ever had the same problem or know what I should to try and solve it?

I checked the fuses, they seemed OK but I've heard that some may have been mislabeled so if correct, who knows what fuse to look at. Yes it has rain sensing automatic wipers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Anyway, would appreciate your feedback.

Thanks, JW
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 12:55 PM

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Tiny
IMPALASS
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Hello

This sounds like the fuse #11 in the drivers fuse panel is not getting power or is no good this guide will help us test it with the wiper wiring diagrams below to show you how the system works.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-fuse

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what you find. We are interested to see what it is.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 AT 6:44 PM
Tiny
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I checked and those numbers you cited on my Acura MDX fuses and the fuse was melted, I installed a new one and bam! All fixed!

Thanks.
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 AT 9:08 AM
Tiny
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Good to hear, please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 8:49 PM
Tiny
SAMWHEELS
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Six cylinder four wheel drive automatic 80,000 miles.

I went through the carwash today, my windshield wiper got caught in the drying mechanism. I stopped the car, but the air was blowing so hard, I could not get out to unlatch the wiper blade. When the air stopped, I unhitched it, but it appeared tweaked. When I turned on the windshield wiper, it did not work. The mechanic at the gas station tried to move the wipers to maybe dislodge them, but now they are stuck in the up position, and still do not work. What do you think is wrong with them, and will this cost me a bundle to fix?
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:08 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi Samwheels,

Thank you for the donation.

There is a possibility the wiper linkages have been dislodged and is wedged causing the motor to be frozen. You would need to remove the wiper arms, panel and motor to check the extent of the damage. The cost could vary from reinstalling dislodged linkages to replacement of the motor assembly.

I am not sure how much it would cost and would put it as between $100.00 to $300.00 depending on what has been damaged.

Did you check if the wiper fuse is blown?
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:08 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SAMWHEELS
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Thank you for your reply. I tried to check the fuse, but I could not figure out for the life of me how to remove the cover, which only happens to hide two of twelve fuses and of course the thirty amp fuse I need to look at. I will try again today, now that I am not as upset.

But back to the wipers, when I came out of the car wash, the wipers were askance, and did not align properly. It sounds like your suggestion, "There is a possibility the wiper linkages have been dislodged and is wedged causing the motor to be frozen". Is the likely culprit, and perhaps the motor is also burned out.

I am not mechanically inclined, so I will have to bring this to a mechanic to fix. Do you recommend I bring it to the dealer, or will an independent mechanic do a fine job?

I hope it does not rain until Monday!
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:08 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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This should be a job any mechanic should be able to handle so not necessary to be dealer.

Lift up both wiper arm and ty to turn them manually one by one to see if any arm is able to move freely. Remember to to keep the wiper switch off when engine is running to prevent motor from burning off if it is stuck.

The wiper fuse should be under dash and I have difficulty assessing my database to get more information for you. Seems my ISP is doing some upgrade, which has been going on for some time, and it is taking me ages to load a page to access data.

If you need any other assistance, let me know and I would get my fellow technicians to assist in getting them as they should be able to assess the data.
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:08 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Unfortunately they do not move. When I first exited the car wash, they did move manually, and there did seem to be a buzz from the motor. Now there is no sound or vibration, and the arms are stuck in the up position.

I will bring the car to my local repair shop, so I appreciate your advice on that. Hopefully the motor is not burned out, and it is just the wiper linkages. We will find out on Monday!

Thanks again for your help.
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:08 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Follow up to situation:

I brought my car into the Shell station where they were broken by the car wash, and they said the windshield wiper motor needed to be replaced, costing me $330.00 with labor. Then he called and said the wiper linkages needed to be replaced and would cost an additional $200.00. Does this sound correct?

The wipers work, but they swing over the edge beyond where the window stops on the driver's side. Any idea if a broken linkage would cause this? Should the mechanic have been able to fix the linkage rather than replace it?

Otherwise the wipers are operational.
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:08 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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If the wipers are working but over swinging, then there should be nothing to be replaced. An adjustment of the wiper arms should solve the problem.

I would suggest getting a second opinion.
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:08 AM (Merged)
Tiny
DTRINH76
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My auto wiper is not working. I found the diagram for the auto wiper fuse on the driver side, but I can't see to physically find the fuse. Also, where is the located. They say it's near the rear view but I don't see it.

Thanks
Dave
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
LUNENBURGER
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Did you ever find the fuse? I am having the same problem
thanks
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
LUNENBURGER
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Oh. And where did you find the diagrams?
Do you have an electronic copy that you could email
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
ITSACHEVY
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I m also having problems with my wipers on a 2004 Acura MDX the auto function doesn t work at all and they will not park. They stop as soon as I turn the switch off so I have to carefully bump the switch until they park. Checked all fuses and relay and all appear to be ok. My manual doesn t have schematics for auto wiper system any help would be greatly appreciated
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
STEVE W.
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If all 4 fuses test good and the relays check out the most likely suspect would be the park switch on the wiper motor itself. I would also verify that the ground shown as G301 is good. It will be one of the black wires from the wiper connection.
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
LUNENBURGER
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  • 70,000 MILES
I recently purchased a 2004 MDX, and the intermittent wipers never worked.
After some research I found the original rain sensitive windshield had been replaced with a aftermarket without rain sensing.
Is it possible to bypass the rain sensor either by installing a jumper or programming the computer.
A new factory windshield with rain sensing is $1000.00 so I would rather bypass the sensor if possible.
Thank you
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi lunenburger.

See if the diagram can help you solve your problem.


https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/192750_AcuraMDXWiper01Auto_1.jpg



https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/192750_AcuraMDXWiper02Auto_1.jpg



https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/192750_AcuraMDXWiper01NonAuto_1.jpg



https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/192750_AcuraMDXWiper02NonAuto_1.jpg

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
ITSACHEVY
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Thanks I see from the schematic the auto function is controlled through the park so that makes sense. I will first verify ground to wiper motor but from there I would imagine you would have to replace the wiper motor to replace the park switch? Or are they separate? Thanks for your help
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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These schematics are exactly what I need but I can't get the resolution high enough to read them.
Is it possible to send a higher quality image or email a pdf file.
Thanks again
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 AT 11:09 AM (Merged)
Tiny
STEVE W.
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Yeah, It's attached to the back of the wiper motor under the plastic cover. You might be able to repair it if you're handy with tools and electronics. It consists of a couple wiping contacts and a rotating gear with brass contact plates. The wires break to the contacts or the fingers wear. Just follow the wires to the control contacts.
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