1997 Honda Accord



November, 29, 2008 AT 11:17 AM

Electrical problem
1997 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 142000 miles

Hi, I have a 1997 honda accord LX 4 door 4 cylinder 2.2 L engine. I was driving two weeks ago, and the wiper blades went far beyond the windshield to the left, and then ceased to operate. (Neither of them work) When I turn on the windshileld wipers from inside the car, I can hear the motor, but the blades don't turn. When I turn the windshiled wipers on high, I hear the motor louder. When I turn it on low, I hear it lower. I checked all fuses and they are all in working order. I checked the wiper arm, and the hole on the wiper arm, that fits onto the nut that sticks out of the car was a bit stripped. So I bought another one, and fitted it on the car, but the same thing happened, that is to say, I hear the motor, but the blades don't move.

The nut that the wiper arm fits on, does not spin when I turn on the windshield wipers from inside the car.

The windhield washer fluid comes out just fine, but the blades dont come on after I put the fluid on the windshield.

If I take apart the assembly that houses the wiper motor, what should I look for as far as a faulty system? What do you think is the problem with my windshiled wipers I have a haynes repair manual, but this does not address the problem.


3 Answers



November, 29, 2008 AT 11:42 AM


I am not totally understanding what you fixed and what is still not working. When you turn motor on.look at the motor the attached pic is item 2 turning? If that is turning then your motor is fine.

If the other components are not and they are as you say, stripped - then they need to be replaced. There is a lot of force and torque on if the linkage arms are a little off, they need to be replaced.

Does this answer your question?



November, 30, 2008 AT 7:01 PM

I found out that the problem is the wiper linkage assembly for the 1997 honda accord lx 4 cylinder.

How do you replace the bushings for the wiper linkage for the car? I have looked in haynes, and it does not tell me. I have removed the cover that protects the wiper motor. I have the wiper motor and the wiper assembly loose, but cannot lift it out of its housing. I cannot even find a wiper bushing at autozone or advance.

How do you replace the bushings for the wiper linkage for a 1997 honda accord?

Thanks. Cheryl



November, 30, 2008 AT 8:11 PM

Hi Cheryl

Is the part you are talking about the #1 red arrow in the pic above? Is this the bushing you are talking about or where it goes?

I have looked in two different manuals no bushings

Depending on how it is worn (if you can take a pic so I can see it better) it may be better to replace the linkage. I show the dealer is about $78 for the linkage.

I have attached info on how to remove..does this help?

Again, in my experience if it is stripped where I think it is, the linkage needs to be replaced. You don't want this going bad on you during a rain storm.

Last, 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. I have attached them at the very bottom.

Open the hood, and remove the cap nuts and wiper arms. NOTE : Remove the wiper arms carefully without damaging the hood.

Remove the hood seal and air scoop by prying out their trim clips.

Disconnect the 5-P connector from the windshield wiper motor.
Remove the wiper linkage assembly by removing the three mounting bolts.

Remove the three mounting bolts and the nut from the wiper linkage to remove the windshield wiper motor.
Install the windshield wiper motor in the reverse order of removal.

Install the windshield wiper arms as shown.

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