Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'88 Chrysler New Yorker, No Wipers
Q: I have a problem with the wipers on my 88 Chrysler New Yorker. I powered them up and they swept up then partially down and stopped. I then noticed a burned component smell from inside of the car. The fuse was blown. I replaced it but the wipers along with the reservoir pump do not work. The fuse had blown again. Is this a wiper motor problem?
A: Before you go through a box of fuses try unplugging the wiper motor. Then install a new fuse, turn the key on to see if the fuse fails again. Im inclined to believe that the fuse will be okay and that when you plug the wiper motor back in it will fail again. Your vehicle does have some age on it and it would not be surprising if the wiper motor was the cause for your problem. Also, beware that there is linkage from the wiper motor to the wipers that is known for wearing and falling apart. When this happens the linkage can bind the wiper motor, causing fuse failure as well. You have a few more checks to make, but if the wiper motor has failed after 16 years of service thats not bad.