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    Default 2009 Dodge Journey - Electrical Advice Needed

    A few weeks ago on the wife's Journey the windshield wipers quit working. She was wiping snow off the windshield one day and they just stopped working all together. To date i have done the following:

    Replaced the blown fuse
    Test the wipers - did not work
    Tested for power at the motor. 12v constant on 1/5 pins but nothing else regardless of switch position
    Replaced the wiper motor
    Test the wipers - did not work
    Replaced the stalk/Switch
    Test the wipers - still did not work

    At this point i gave up and sent it to my mechanic. It was diagnosed as the TIPM, apparently these are fairly common in the Dodge world to fail. The majority of the circuits in the Journey run through this control board, so this was a logical point of failure. These boards were 1000.00 to replace from Dodge in town so i opted to send it to these guys in the US that came well reviewed - https://circuitboardmedics.com/. They replace the failed circuits/test everything and ship it back, sounds great.

    Apparently the TIPM as tested by Circuit Board Medics is working fine. And i have a new switch and new motor already installed. WTF else could be wrong in such a small circuit?? I am very much at my wits end with something i assumed to be an easy fix. Any help is appreciated on this one.

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    being a used car tech went thru the same bullshit. Then i disconnected the battery did a capacity discharge and they started working. Disconnected the battery cables and hooked up a wire across the positive and negative. Hooked uo the cables again and they started working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cancer man View Post
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    being a used car tech went thru the same bullshit. Then i disconnected the battery did a capacity discharge and they started working. Disconnected the battery cables and hooked up a wire across the positive and negative. Hooked uo the cables again and they started working.
    Wow, I hope it's as simple as that!

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    I'm no mechanic but disconnecting battery cables, then inserting key and cycling it through ACC/run/start a few times has reset a few electrical issues in my life.

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    Oh and make sure the hood is fully closed some models the wipers won't operate if the hood is partially or open all the way.
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    Thanks guys, i will try all of this as i haven't done it yet.

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    Definitely get the circuit diagram and eliminate anything as a failure point - which sounds like you've done 90% .

    I know MB uses the hood sensor as a go/nogo circuit to prevent the wipers from operating with the hood open for eg. so might be the same setup.

    Also, on several times I've bypassed a wire that is suspect, direct from the fusebox (after the fuse) to the affected unit thats supposed to be getting 12v. Its pretty hard to find a bad wire buried under the hood.

    If the bypass works, then you've found the bad connection.

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