2008 Mazda Mazda3 Q&A
2008 Mazda Mazda3 Question: Front windshield wipers are not working, but rear is.
Front windshield wipers are not working, but rear is. They stopped in the middle of a recent MAJOR rainstorm. I drove an hour and a half in heavy rain after they stopped. What a rush! Had to get to work. Later that night I checked the fuse and it's fine. The controls might be fine because the rear wiper works, and I can spray my wind shield with cleaner. Everything else works. I called an auto parts store and they said maybe a relay. Wasn't sure if newer cars have them nowadays. - jwm7976
Actually there is a front wiper system relay so inspecting that would be essential. I like to start at the working device, which is the wiper motor, and make sure that I am getting power and ground when the switch is energized. If I am then you have pretty confirmed that the wiper motor is the problem, if not, then you trace back through the system. Have you contacted Mazda, to see if there is any warranty extension? I checked for Technical Service Bulletins, but don't see anything yet. Here is a web site that has very good repair info for your car, including a wiper system wiring diagram. http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online Hope that this helps! - dandd
The wiper motor or a green wire was recalled by Mazda 3 years ago. Might wanna check. - stringcatt