View Full Version : Wipers stuttering
01-29-2010, 12:51 PM
Used the wipers in the rain earlier this week and they started doing this jerky, stop-start behavior, especially when on the Intermittent setting. I'm not talking about the skipping that old blades or a dry, dirty windshield cause. They would actually come to a complete stop, usually in the vertical position, and then start back down after a second or two.
I had this same thing happen on my Trailblazer and the fix was to disassemble the wiper motor and clean the contact wheel of grease, as pictured in this thread.
But that is a well-known issue on the TB's and I searched here for a similar problem and turned up nothing.
So could it be a similar issue or is this something else, like in the wiper switch itself? I know there are countless problems with the turn signal stalk.
01-29-2010, 09:24 PM
Kinda depends on what you prefer to take apart... If by any chance the mis-behaving seems to happen more while turning the wheel I'd lean towards the stalk/wiring. If it is more consistent I'd look at the motor assembly. Either way not a fun job. Damn weather! Check connections first of course, loose or damp might cause this... Good luck
01-29-2010, 10:26 PM
A new multi-function switch fixed that problem on my GA. Switch is about $60.00 on ebay and can be swapped out in about half an hour. If you want to save some money you can remove the old switch and take it apart and clean it using alcohol and cotton swabs. The back of the switch assy. is held on with some torx screws. I cleaned my original one and have it as a spare but did not test it in the car.
This post explains the cleaning process in detail:
01-30-2010, 08:13 AM
I'd say probably the wiper switch, or possibly the wiper crank mechanism that goes on top of the motor. I had a similar problem with my GP where the wipers would only go part way up and wouldn't stop in the down position when turned off, and I had to replace the wiper crank.
01-30-2010, 02:55 PM
I had the wipers on my old LeMans stop in the middle of a focking rain storm. Thank God I had Rain-X on the windshield...
02-02-2010, 08:37 PM
My wipers on my Grand Am would occationally go up and not come back. The ground block was loose and I thightened it and that fixed it. My service vehical light came on when it happend tho.
02-17-2010, 01:55 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone, as a follow-up I wanted to post back that since those cold rainy days I have not had this problem again. I have used the wipers to clear snow and ice these past weeks and they worked just fine, although they were not run for as long of periods. Not sure if that has something to do with it or if it's an issue of a wiring/connection being damp.
03-30-2011, 06:42 PM
Are 04 GrandAm GT wiper speeds slower that other cars? Got good battery & wiper blades. Both speeds work. But much slower than 2 other vehicles I have...Eclipse & SanteFe. Motor bad? Just bought Grand Am & looking for info. Thanks.
03-23-2013, 01:49 PM
Yep... The GA started doing this today... Just when it decided to rain.. YAY!!!
03-27-2013, 08:21 PM
Done.. They work like a champ now.. :applause
I used a battery post removal tool like Aaron used and even after using WD-40, it wound up looking like this...
Cheap material.. ;crap
Linking the HOW TO REMOVE THE WIPER ARMS thread
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