Here's a fun one - 98 SW2 rear wiper motor

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by Poptart, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. Poptart

    Poptart Guest

    Little while ago,

    The motor died on my rear wiper 98 Sw2 died. It's died before, and
    I've rebuilt it, but that was a gradual thing. This time it was just
    a full stop. Unfortunately my volt-meter had died and I was waiting
    for Canadian tire to put them on sale, so I went ahead and bought a
    used motor from (great service by
    the way)

    Long painful story. My motor was fine... One of the tiny wires
    connecting the mult-function stick in the steering column (I always
    called them "funky flippers"), had separated.

    Once you have the steering column housing off (not hard, just
    irritating due to the depth of some of the bolts inside the housing),
    it was 10 minutes with a soldering iron and I'm back in business...

    The moral of the story? Always replace the cheapest part first. ie
    the %%$#@! volt-meter, in my case.
    Poptart, Mar 1, 2011
  2. Poptart

    Linda Guest

    Great idea : ) My washer pump in my 94 SW2 was replaced by the dealer
    3 times and I stopped replacing it in 2000 as the warantee was over.
    Any idea on replacement pumps? BTW this is my first new car and I
    still love it after 17 loyal years and 300K : )
    Linda, Mar 3, 2011
  3. Poptart

    Oppie Guest

    What failed in the pump? Biggest cause of broken reservoirs and pumps is
    forgetting to use winter mix washer fluid. If you use summer mix, often the
    stuff freezes in cold weather and fractures something.

    There are aftermarket pumps that can be adapted fairly easily. Check out

    My LW has a really weird washer pump. It runs forward to send fluid to the
    front washers. Runs *reverse* to get fluid to the rear washer. Not great
    pressure but it works. No valves or any special plumbing. Neat design.
    Oppie, Mar 3, 2011
  4. Poptart

    danielr Guest

    hi fellow Canadian;
    you don't need to wait for Canadian Tire sales...
    here in Toronto (and also in some other provinces), there is a place
    called SAYAL, which has everything electronic tooling and cabling (for
    professional and hobbyist) at ridiculous prices.
    good luck.
    danielr, Mar 5, 2011
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