Fix The Intermittent Wiper Problem
Are your wipers malfunctioning? Do they come on by themselves or not work right? Well look no further. Here we have the fix for this problem. Thanks to Keith Vicker who gave us permission to re-post this article. This tech article was originally posted at FordF150.net. It is primarily intended for Ford trucks but most likely also applies to other Ford models.
- Two shop towels
- One shop rag
- Small flat-blades screwdriver
- Dielectric grease
- Lid or bowl (for holding small parts)
- Extra spray-can straw
- Contact cleaner
- Brake cleaner
Be sure to turn the ignition off and remove the key before starting this procedure!
The next step is to remove the end cap. Carefully pry the cap off the stalk with a sharp, flat tool.
Now that the end cap is off, hold the wiper switch still, and unscrew the single Philips screw. Don't slide the switch off yet!
Before you slide the rotating switch cover off, place your hand under the entire assembly as shown. Be careful not to lose the spring-loaded switch detents (top one is circled, the other is on the bottom).
Put a nice dab of the dielectric grease on a Q-tip. Then, apply it liberally to the entire contact surface as shown:
Next, replace the Philips screw while holding the outer barrel in. If the screw is hard to turn, remove it and try to start it in a different position.
Finally, replace the endcap, aft cover on the stalk. Enjoy your exorcised windshield wipers.