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Documenting Wiper Motor Problems

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:26 AM
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I've got a wiper issue with my 02 MC, but it's not quite the same.

The wipers turn on, but they won't stop when the switch is turned off. They run for about 10-15 seconds and then stop in a random spot.

I assume this is the park switch, but I have no idea where that is.

I found a thread on mini2 regarding this same issue, but the resolution "actually slices the brown and gree wire!! Out of all wire why only this one I don't frikin know! Any ways I had a thought today to pull the harness out and check and sure enough that was it. I have everything working and back in place. " doesn't make any sense to me at all.

Do any of you have any idea what harness this person is talking about?
 
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:20 PM
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Wow!

Whoever said it is to "good to be true" did not have a Mini with the above mentioned wiper problem. Luigi, our 2002 MCS is wind shield wiping like crazy (from a frozen up) thanks to this brilliant fix! Thanks for saving me a lot of time, not mention money!!!!!
 
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:18 AM
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I know this thread is old but I figure I'll post my problem with a 2004 R53. Yesterday when I started my car up, the rear wipers were running, I figured I must have bumped them or something but, nope, switch was in the off position. Could not get them to stop running. Tried turning the car back off and on to no avail.
To get them to stop, I pulled the fuse in the drivers side kick panel. Put the fuse back in, now they don't work at all. I also noticed the washers don't work front or rear?
 
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Old 01-01-2016, 12:15 PM
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Wipers on MCS 02 fixed!

Just went through an episode of front wipers frozen stiff in ice and the motor not working after freeing the blades.

The grounding fix worked out on first try. Thanks!

It certainly points out to a flaw in the original design.

Of note, I removed the driver side cowl grille by prying it out with a flat screwdriver at front side of the gille (towards the front of the car), using a credit card to prevent damaging the paint.
 
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:10 AM
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Hello, first post.


I am sorry for digging up an old thread however I am hoping that someone can tell me how I can see the pictures for this thread. Specifically, the images of the ground wire. I have searched all over the forum but can't seem to find any pictures. Maybe because they are older threads and/or I am new to the forum?


In any case, I am trying to fix my sister's 2002. They wiper blades just stopped working. She took it to a dealer here in Denver, CO for an oil change and they diagnosed the motor has failed. And, by the way, wanted $1100 to fix!!!! I have read all of the other threads on motor replacement and I feel like that is something I can do however I wanted to check the ground wire (and fuse) scenario first. But, I would really like to see picture(s) as they help me not knowing much about her car.


Thanks in advance to all that respond. If it would be easier to email me pictures please do so at [email protected]
 
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Old 02-20-2016, 10:33 AM
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can't see pictures?

Originally Posted by stevenee View Post
All,

After a pretty serious freeze here in Cookeville, TN , I made the mistake of turning the wipers of my 02' Mini while they were still frozen to my windshield. Low and behold, they stopped working completely. I did some research, and I was scared that I burned out the motor. Nothing I did could get them working again, including thawing out the wiper motor.

However, I stumbled across this forum this afternoon and decided to give the "wiper motor ground" trick a try. I went to the local car audio shop and got approximately 4ft of 14 gauge power wire (for free, mind you - - thanks again to Innovative Audio of Cookeville). I followed the pictures posted in this thread and it WORKED LIKE A CHARM. I couldn't believe it.

I joined this forum just to make this post. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who posted in this thread to help me solve this problem. I was thoroughly convinced I'd have to spend $500 + to get this thing fixed. Instead, I fixed it for free. To anyone else with intermittent wiper problems, give this mod a try. It's worth the 10 minutes it took to complete.

All the best,

Steve



I can't open any of the pictures (what am I doing wrong?) but it *seems* straightforward. Going to give it a shot (off to get some wire). My front wipers didn't work after carrying weight of snowzilla for a few hours. Didn't stop working, just wouldn't turn on after being propped up during snow - penalty of trying to have wipers not freeze to wind shield.... Rear wiper works fine.
 
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Old 03-14-2016, 05:32 PM
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mine failed at 80k, sourced a used module from cali for $80, not bad.
 
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Thanks and You're not doing anything wrong. I think they moved the pictures around.

Originally Posted by Lisa-in-dc View Post
I can't open any of the pictures (what am I doing wrong?) but it *seems* straightforward. Going to give it a shot (off to get some wire). My front wipers didn't work after carrying weight of snowzilla for a few hours. Didn't stop working, just wouldn't turn on after being propped up during snow - penalty of trying to have wipers not freeze to wind shield.... Rear wiper works fine.
The pictures are here:

https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/g/picture/3787434

https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/g/picture/3787435

And in case they move them again, I just went to Djmuka's profile and looked in their gallery.

I'm glad I found this page just like everyone else. Our '03 had the same problem these last few weeks. Had to cut up a lamp cord, but it worked just fine. Now we can head to the Outer Banks for the 4th and not worry about stopping for rain.
 
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Old 09-17-2016, 10:52 AM
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Thanks for this - helped me find my issue too.

Per the tip earlier, I was was able to get the motor to work when connecting the bolt to a negative terminal on the battery . So seems my motor isn't broken. Yay!

However, I can't get the motor to work when grounding the bolts to... well, anywhere. I've tried any other frame bolts that I can.

Any tips on where I should look to debug what looks like a wiring issue?

**EDIT** turns out I needed to actually bolt the ground wire down to get good contact. works great now. thanks all!
 

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Old 11-11-2016, 03:02 AM
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Great tip! Many thanks,saved me a lot of time.wipers stopped working on my wife's 02 Mini One last night in a rain storm.She was not happy when she finally got home.found this site & yep it was the poor earth problem.10 minutes work and she's smiling this morning!
 
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:15 PM
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You guys are AWESOME!

Wipers stopped working last night on my 2002 R50. They had been working about a month ago.

Checked the fuses and relays, everything looked good. Found this thread and checked the ground, bingo worked.

15 minutes of effort and wipers are now working. Saved myself $100's if I had to take into a shop.
 
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