How to Replace a Windshield Wiper Module

The windshield wiper module, or governor, controls the wiper motor operation. The module receives input from the wiper switch, and in some cases from various sensors as well. It is responsible for determining wiper speed and parking. A faulty windshield wiper module can result in erratic wiper operation or wipers that don’t work at all. If your windshield wiper module is on the fritz, it’s important to replace it immediately.

Part 1 of 1: Replacing the windshield wiper module

Materials Needed

  • Free repair manuals ­- Autozone provides free online repair manuals for certain makes and models
  • Protective gloves
  • Ratchet, extension and sockets of the appropriate size
  • Replacement windshield wiper module
  • Safety glasses
  • Screwdrivers

Step 1: Locate the wiper control module. Generally, the wiper control module is located under the dash, but it can be found in other places as well. If you have a hard time locating the module, consult the factory repair manual for the location.

Step 2: Disconnect the negative battery cable. Disconnect the negative battery cable using a wrench or ratchet and socket of the appropriate size. Then set the cable aside.

Step 3: Access the control module. Remove whatever portion of the dashboard is necessary to access the control module. Generally, parts of the dash will be held in place using both screws and retaining clips. Remove the screws using a Phillips head screwdriver and then pull the dash panel out by hand to release the retaining clips.

Step 4: Disconnect the wiper module electrical connector. Disconnect the wiper module electrical connector by pushing down on the tab and sliding it off.

Step 5: Remove the control module mounting fasteners. Remove the control module retaining fasteners using the appropriate size Phillips head screwdriver or a ratchet and socket as needed.

Step 6: Remove the module. Remove the control module from the vehicle.

Step 7: Mount the control module. Mount the new control module in the vehicle.

Step 8: Install the control module mounting fasteners. Install the control module retaining fasteners and tighten them down using the appropriate size Phillips head screwdriver or a ratchet and socket as needed.

Step 9: Connect the electrical connector. Reconnect the wiper module electrical connector.

Step 10: Reinstall the dash panel. Reinstall whatever portion of the dash was removed to access the control module. Reinstall the screws using a Phillips head screwdriver and then push the dash panel in by hand to secure the retaining clips.

Step 11: Reconnect the negative battery cable. Reconnect the negative battery cable using a wrench or ratchet and socket of the appropriate size.

That’s what it takes to replace your windshield wiper module. If you’d prefer to have this job performed by a professional, YourMechanic offers expert windshield wiper module replacement performed at a time and place convenient for you.


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