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Old 09-01-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default Rear wiper issue on 97 OBS

hey guys, my rear wiper wont turn on. the fluid will squirt but the arm won't move.

bad motor?

any thoughts?
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Old 09-01-2010, 05:14 PM   #2
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If the fuses are ok then there may be a broken wire in the top of the hatch door.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:58 PM   #3
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If the fuses are ok then there may be a broken wire in the top of the hatch door.
when i turn the switch on i can hear a click from back there, i think it's getting power. i just assume the motor is shot or has seized.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:04 AM   #4
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What you are hearing could be the relay, located below the right taillight. So the wire running into the door could still be broken.
It's easy to remove the trim panel and do some testing with a meter.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:13 PM   #5
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What you are hearing could be the relay, located below the right taillight. So the wire running into the door could still be broken.
It's easy to remove the trim panel and do some testing with a meter.
Just tested the connection to the motor and its getting adequate power. So I'm guessing I need to just swap out the motor?
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:42 PM   #6
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If I remember, there should be 12 V at two wires. One is used for "parking" the wiper arm. Also make sure the ground wire isn't broken, I believe it also runs through the sleeve by the hinge on the right side. If everything checks out,
the motor has to be bad.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:58 PM   #7
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any chance the motor is running but the connection to the wiper arm is loose / stripped? Happened to me once on a front wiper...
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:04 PM   #8
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any chance the motor is running but the connection to the wiper arm is loose / stripped? Happened to me once on a front wiper...
there is a possibility of that however i cant hear anything audible coming from the motor. i would suspect if it were stripped/jammed i would hear some sort of noise.
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Since you say that power is getting to the motor then there may be an open connection in the motor somewhere so replacing it should get it going again.
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:17 PM   #10
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the lead tech at my local subaru specialty shop thinks the problem is more than likely the wiring running from the body to the hatch. he says replace the wiring in that spot and then see if it works.
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Old 11-01-2010, 04:50 PM   #11
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Before replacing the wire I suggest you first check to see if voltage is getting to the motor by either using a test light probe or voltmeter. If that test shows that no voltage is getting to the motor then the next thing to check is the wiring. It very well could be broken where it flexes at the joint.
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