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Old 03-31-2007, 12:30 PM   #1
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Unhappy Help! Radio and wipers don't work randomly at startup

As the title says- Once in a while when I start my car, both the radio and windshield wipers have no power to them. The only way to get it back is to turn off the car and restart. Does anyone know if they use the same circuit and/or ground? It obviously can't be a fuse problem or they would never work. If it's something loose, I would assume they would stop working once the car is already moving and getting jostled around, but the opposite is true.

None of the wiring in my car has even been touched. No aftermarket stereo or lights or anything.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 03-31-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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I just want to say good luck that sounds like a very tricky iffy problem. Sounds like a switch kind of problem more than anything else if they work once they start and jostling doesn't change em.


Maybe something on accessory circuit? Does the cigarette lighter work when this happens? If not it is probably the ignition circuit. I checked for you and the Wiper does get power through ACC circuit.
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Old 03-31-2007, 05:21 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'll have to do a quick check to see what is not working (besides these two) the next time it happens. I know the blower motor isn't affected, but that's all I've tried.

I just remembered that the CD player has power, but not the stereo. WTF?
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:40 AM   #4
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:37 AM   #5
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Old 04-14-2007, 08:57 PM   #6
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:07 PM   #7
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kinda sounds like maybe your ignition switch inernals could be going.not making that accssory conatct sometimes

does jiggling your ignition switch help any?

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Old 05-05-2007, 06:57 AM   #8
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kinda sounds like maybe your ignition switch inernals could be going.not making that accssory conatct sometimes

does jiggling your ignition switch help any?
Bingo. It happened again last night, so I moved the key around in the switch and the radio and wipers came on and off a few times. Great.

So... how the hell do I fix that?
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:51 PM   #9
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It's been getting bad very quickly. Yesterday I could barely make my wipers and radio come on.
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:12 PM   #10
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Bingo. It happened again last night, so I moved the key around in the switch and the radio and wipers came on and off a few times. Great.

So... how the hell do I fix that?
I'd urge someone to correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd think the only fix would be replacement of the electrical internals of the ignition switch. Should be an easy job, I'd expect.
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I'd urge someone to correct me if I'm wrong, but I'd think the only fix would be replacement of the electrical internals of the ignition switch. Should be an easy job, I'd expect.
Yeah, I'm thinking replacing the whole switch will be easy, just not that cheap. Oh, well.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:54 PM   #12
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it is definitely the ignition switch, jic that hadn't been established already. i've seen this many times in the past, not necessarily with subies tho.

changing out the ignition switch may turn out to be quite the task. i've never performed this on a suby before, but have on other vehicles. it may require you to disassemble most of the steering wheel column and possibly drop the column from the dash. consult some "mechanically inclined" friends if you're having doubt in your ability or resolve
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