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In this video I have a look at a high mileage Honda Accord that came in with a customer compliant of no wipers. I could have just chucked a motor at from the parts cannon but I show the routine process of following a diagnostic plan to get a 100% definitive answer to what is wrong. You have two options. You can test or guess. You choose. -Enjoy!
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50 thoughts on “Honda accord: no wipers – diagnose repair”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dakota says:

    I can't imagine how annoying the wiring on my wiper motor would be on my Ford Fusion… when on, they sit in a ready state about 2 inches above full park, and then when switched off they go to the ready state and then park. They also automatically park themselves correctly without hitting each other (they both swing out from the middle) so if I have one situated on top of the other they will both fully wipe and then switch positions. It's amazing how complex the simplest things on cars are nowadays.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Mann says:

    Followed test procedures on a 05 accord 4 door. Motor was bad. Replaced it and it works great. Thanks for the info. My question is if I ground the blue wire and apply power to the green , will the motor run on a bench test? I took the black cover off and there is 3 female spade connectors that go into the motor. I apply power and ground there and the motor will run , but if I try the green and blue through the connector nothing happens. I went and got a junk yard connector. Trying to bench test it. Am I missing the mark on how to get power to this on the bench? What combination do I need to get this to power up on the bench ?

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Allen says:

    Someday I would love to have somebody explain to me why all these accessories have to involve the computer. Why not just a switch, relay and load?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jon jacques says:

    perfect!! thank you.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars john workman says:

    Hay Eric O I’ve got a 2005 Accord that the wipers have only high no mater what position you put them ( – intermittent) not the switch or motor any advance….I’m thinking high relay is stuck but I haven’t had time to check it

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Blackk_out says:

    Can you do a video of the “ground” wiper diagnostic or diagram? I have the fuse 11 (30A) keeps burning up.. I believe it’s a ground wiring problem, so can you please make a video on a 2003 Honda Accord coupe?? 😩😩😩

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Lucy says:

    Haha!! I’ve put the wiper motor on didn’t have it timed exactly, the blade hits the window molding wiper blade flew off haha cross bow style 🤣🤣🤣

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Adam Butler says:

    That 17 mill is longer than Dad's

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars notrut says:

    308,000 mile before the wiper motor failed … not bad.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Jones says:

    They get water in them and it makes the motors go bad. They actually had a recall where we had to go in and place a stupid cover over the motor to keep water out 🤦🏽‍♂️ Needless to say it didn’t work that well lol… I got really good at replacing these things in those cars! Had it done to about 6 minutes in and out.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg Jones says:

    Great video Eric! I’ve never been able to come up with a clear plan on testing this circuit. I try my best to be like you when it comes to my diagnostic strategy but man it’s complicated sometimes. I understood everything you did to test this circuit and now I have the necessary information necessary to diag the next one that comes into my shop!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Hardeman says:

    I’ve used a battery terminal removal tool on VW to pull those.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Hardeman says:

    96 Civic door dinger disconnected no speed control of wiper and doesn’t park correctly.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Jackson says:

    I've been in the service industry for about a year, it's always fun watching these old guys cruise through diagnostics with ease while I just learned yesterday my 1 year old multimeter has a thermometer function! I'm young and dumb and know I don't know anything, your videos refill me with confidence to go back into work, feeling like I know just one more thing.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kyle Wood says:

    Where do you find automotive wiring diagrams like that?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NightHawk J30 says:

    There was recall on these but it was only 03 models. Its was TSB on replacement of the motor or installation of plastic cover.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenny Mullins says:

    I found a bad abs wire by following your procedure thank you

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R Mc says:

    Where do you get all these print outs from ?

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bigguy 33 says:

    Mid of a snow storm my windshield wiper stopped working. Took it to my Saturn dealership that I was near. $750 ! I couldn’t believe it ! Car only cost $14,995

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stevan Rose says:

    I changed the wiper motor on my 1981 Ford truck without removing the hood. But wow was it a pain in the neck. I almost would rather pull the V8 motor. But I got er done

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Bainbridge says:

    Remind me of my friend who's wipers would get jamed and he would reach under the dash to get them going again. And one day his fingers got stuck in the mechanism, the police came and In the coppers wisdom he pulled on the wiper and it chopped off his fingers

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marcus Jefferson says:

    I always watch your channel, you've been helpful in helping me understand what is going on with my car, sometimes I just put your channel on and leave it there because I know eventually I'll catch on to something else with my car, thank you for all your help and support and I appreciate your family values, a lot of people need to know family first. Thank you

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Blake Worsham says:

    Looks like the recall has never been performed. There should be a plastic cover over that motor preventing water ingress.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arno Dyck says:

    The other option would be to power the motor directly. If it doesn't do anything, it's no good. I no longer have any access to repair information, so the last customer with wipers inop told me, "I'm sure it's the motor, just put one in". I told him, he's paying if it fixes it or not. Luckily it did fix it. Although I did carefully plug in the new one before installing and test to make sure before bolting it all in.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony Pitsacota says:

    ENHANCE ENHANCE on that front fuse block! I have a friend with a fuse block nightmare up there.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars For Science says:

    You should have opened up the old motor to see why it wasn't working, that's the most interesting part and you didn't even do it 🙁

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WinCh says:

    Just wondering if you could do a diagnostic video without schematic. Here we have mostly used JDM cars, of which the wiring is often different from USDM cars and schematics are difficult to find. Once had a car with brake warning and check engine lights on, reduced electrical power steering assist, reduced engine power, but 2 mechanics couldn't find the issue. 3 different scanners didn't recognoze the car. Sent car to used car sales place, where they had a Japanese mechanic with Japanese scanner. He found the issue to be the ABS pump.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars candy gender says:

    damn that car is dirty

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Elaine Russell says:

    People he charges u top dollar for later while filming ur car bullshitting

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Elaine Russell says:

    Thank God I left u saved thousands on labor joker

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Elaine Russell says:

    U waste so much time on the customers dollar joker

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Elaine Russell says:

    Ur such a joker

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Elaine Russell says:

    Here we go a lot of money and many returns got to pay for that kabtoa

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Slayer John says:

    Similar scenario with my 1995 Grand Marquis. Wipers didn't want to work, could manipulate them a time or two back into working and they would work a while. Finally they died. Replaced the combination switch, had a few issues in the car, that switch made the most logical sense to replace first. No issues changed when it was solved. But for the wiper circuit, I could hear all the relays click when they would be commanded on. Bought a motor, figuring if the wiring is good up to the plug, the motor was the only cause. So tested the circuit with a brand new Dorman motor, and the motor came to life.

    Funny enough, the wipers had a "rest" position when turned on, they would rise up to a predetermined point and then would cycle from there. I knew how the wipers would run normally, motor comes on, transmission would move like a locomotive steam train. But how on this car did it manage to raise the wipers and run like normal? Two motors, one motor was the one that controlled the wipers, the others raised and lowered the transmission when commanded. I learned this when testing the new motor, I had nothing connected and observed how it operated.

    For the repair, about the same amount of effort is needed between this Honda and that Grand Marquis. Some hood seal, some of the cowl, wiper arms, and a plastic cover over the transmission with the wiper motor on the bottom of it. 30 minutes to just over an hour depending on how stubborn the car is.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DigitalYojimbo says:

    "No high no low" I guess it must be bose.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ace says:

    From what company do you get wiring diagram and info ?

    I use Bosch Esi tronic here in Sweden but it almost never have info beside engine ecu and transmission .

    Keep up the good work greetings from boschcarservice in Sweden .