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Struggling Wipers.

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my 2001 Defender has been parked up for a week. Today i went out and found the wipers have stopped working of a fashion. If I give them a bit of a push then they will start and wipe until I stop them. Again I have to help them to get going. I have checked the wheel boxes and appear free and motor will run if there is only a light load.

Any help appreciated.


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It could be friction in the mechanical drive, so that needs cleaning and lubricating (start with penetrating and then light oil on the spindles, behind the rubber grommets), or it could be low voltage to the motor caused by corroded terminals and wiring or a bad earth. You need to inspect for both conditions.

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