Windshield wipers are not working

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SHIGNIGHT
  • 2004 CHEVROLET CAVALIER

Four cylinder two wheel drive automatic

i was driving with my windshield wipers on and heard a pop and the wiper on the driver side stopped working. I can move the wiper freely by itself. If I turn the wipers on the passenger side still works, but the driver side does not work. Can you tell me what this might be?

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Friday, January 29th, 2010 AT 8:59 AM

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Tiny
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Remove protective cap on base of wiper arm and see if the nut that holds it to wiper trans is loose. If so tighten nut, if nut will not tighten, the wiper transmission bolt is stripped and wiper transmission will need to be replaced.

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Monday, February 1st, 2010 AT 9:24 AM
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The above person has a legitimate answer, but his answer is no where near what the root of my problem was. The problem I came across was not the nut but is the actual bushing which snaps onto the ball joint on the wiper motor arm. The arm is held in place by some cheaply made plastic. I have a 1985 VW and the wipers still work (go figure), the overall design of the wiper system is pretty bad by Chevrolet standards. It is simply bad engineering on that specific part.

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Sunday, September 19th, 2010 AT 10:17 PM
Tiny
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The above person is making a conclusion, without seeing the problem. While he has posted about this problem (his own experience), that does not mean every problem falls within his experience.
If there is a TSB concerning this problem please post TSB number.

I would remove the wiper arms, cowl and inspect bushings and linkage assy, could be a bushing, could also be a loose nut, especially on an 2004.

If bushing, then get a replacement from Chevrolet, but check the nut first. Start simple and work your way up.

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Monday, September 20th, 2010 AT 9:09 AM
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I did not make a conclusion without seeing what the problem was. I fixed my problem which happened to be a faulty linkage bushing. That is why I took a picture and went into detail with the problem I had.

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Monday, September 20th, 2010 AT 11:42 PM
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I have the same issue myself. I have visually inspected and found the same bushing to be split in half causing the linkage arm to fall from the ball joint on the bottom of the wiper motor. I have tried Dorman replacement bushings with no luck. Chevrolet wants to sell the entire linkage kit for $197.00. All this to replace a bushing that should sell for about $5.00. Do you have a part number and source to order this bushing from?

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 AT 2:14 PM
Tiny
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Poor engineering, agreed. Ten cent bushing on a $130.00 part. Nothing new about that. Reminds me of alternator brushes. People replace alternators every day because the ten cent brushes wear out. Very strange part. The studs and ball joints look press fitted, with the bottom of the plastic ring under the ball joint. Re-engineering (without a full maintenance shop and the required parts) would be more difficult than replacing it. Wipers are a safety item, so this poorly engineered part (made by DongYang Megatronics, Seoul, South Korea) should have been a recall in my opinion. The whole assembly (without the motor) is going for $10.00 at my local junk yard.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 AT 6:21 PM
Tiny
ELLEMARCHELLE
  • 2004 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
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My driver side wiper blade stopped working after I was removing snow from my window and the snow remover got stuck under the blade while the wipers were moving. It stopped working after that. I am not sure if this means it is the wiper transmission or the linkage because the other wiper is working fine. I did take it to the mechanic down the street and he said it was the pivot or wiper transmission. I did try and have the wiper blade bolt tightened and that did not work. Not sure what needs to be replaced at this time.

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Monday, December 12th, 2016 AT 1:35 PM (Merged)
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MIKE.SHRUM
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I would pull the air inlet grille panel check linkage if linkage is okay and not bent then yes transmission needs to be replaced.

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Monday, December 12th, 2016 AT 1:35 PM (Merged)
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Go get one at the salvage yard. Install it on your transmission if it starts working the blade is then if it does not the transmission has to be replaced.

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Monday, December 12th, 2016 AT 1:35 PM (Merged)
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PONDSDP
  • 2002 CHEVROLET CAVALIER

Four cylinder front wheel drive automatic 94,700 miles

The challenge: windshield wipers working intermittently but now seem to have stopped completely; driver's side door will only lock manually, daylight running light stays lit and headlights go out sometimes. Wipers have stopped while driving and lights have shut off an then back on while driving. Is this a fuse problem, an electrical system failure, a known problem with this car?

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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Hello,

To better assist you is your model just the Cavalier, or the LS or LS Sport or the Z24. Also, what is your engine size in liter and the eighth digit of your VIN.

Now if I understand you your wipers no longer work

The driver's door only locks manually. Does the door ajar light stay on or is it on at all?

Your DRL stay on even when you turn them off.

Your headlights turn off at times even though you have selected them to be on and then come on at times.

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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Hello,

By the way, it looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Recalls_16.jpg


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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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Did this issue ever get resolved? Because I am having the same exact issue right now and I am scared that it may be something expensive to fix.

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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We did not hear back from them. Hopefully they will see your email.

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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CAVALIERGUY
  • 2002 CHEVROLET CAVALIERCHEVROLET CAVALIER

I turned the windshield wipers on they went across the window twice before stopping in the middle of the window. I pulled over and tried to see if they were stuck and they did not seem to be. Got back in the car, pulled the lever for the wipers and there was no result other than a faint buzzing when I was trying to use them. Checked the fuse, seems to be fine. Also noticed that the headlights are not working either. When I turn them to the on position, the daytime running lights indicator on the dash does not go out and the headlights do not turn on. I did notice, if I placed the wiper switch in the high position, the headlights switched on and off erratically. About fifteen minutes later, I placed the wiper switch in the high position again, and the headlights came on and stayed on. I am completely baffled. I am thinking maybe there is a short somewhere since there are multiple electrical issues going on at the same time. Any help would be appreciated.

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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JACK42
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Are they on the same multi-function lever? I have seen the wiring go bad in those a few times.

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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You might check to see if the nut where the wiper attaches to the motor is loose, the noise might be the motor running with the wiper being loose it has happened on my Corsica. Let me know how it goes.

Ray

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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Hi guys, thanks for you replies. The headlights are on one lever to the right of the steering wheel and the wipers are on a lever to the left. Randomly, about forty eight hours after I started having the problem, the wipers and the headlights started working normally again. I am not sure why, but it is okay for now it seems. Is it possible that the switch where the two levers are wired to, which probably runs down through the steering column, is going bad? I am not sure what the problem was, but I am sure it is electrical. Now that it is gone, how do I go about preventing it from happening again?

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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I have seen the wires go bad in the column.

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 AT 6:12 PM (Merged)
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GGROCCO43
  • 2002 CHEVROLET CAVALIER

Four cylinder two wheel drive automatic 80,000 miles

Please help this poor high school teacher. How can I get this electrical problem repaired? Wipers and headlights do not work. Used to be intermittant now they do not work at all!

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