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Q: Windshield wiper not working in 1998 Ford Taurus

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My left windshield wiper won't work. Do I need a new motor?

A: If your left wiper is not working, but your...

If your left wiper is not working, but your right one is, then that may be a sign of damaged wiper linkage. This particular vehicle uses 1 motor, located on the passenger side to drive both wipers, driving the driver side with a linkage mechanism. I would recommend a thorough inspection of the window's linkage mechanism by a knowledgable technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine the exact nature of the problem.

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