Town & Country

Erratic Operation of Front Windshield Wipers on Chrysler Town & Country

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A malfunctioning switch in the steering column can cause the front windshield wipers to self-activate or not turn off. A failed windshield switch will require replacement.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 145,945 (75,000–211,000)
7 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, more2002, 2004, 2009
22 people reported this problem
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Windshield wipers come on and run for hours until the battery is dead. Replaced relay that had burnt contact even tho I did not see how this could solve problem. It did not help. BCM? Wiper internal switch unlikely since it is not a parked position problem. What is this switch in steering column referenced in blogs?
I can open the door and the wipers activate intermittently. left turn signal doesn't work. replacced switch with known working and no changes.
Since getting into an accident 7 years ago the wipers became intermittent never really turning off. this continues today to turn them off I must unplug them. and plug them in when needed. replaced steering column switch several times to no solution. found a report today the steering column switch needs to be from 97-98 even though 97 through 2003 are the same 98 thru 2003 has a minor circuit variance that causes issues. we will try to rescue a 97-98 column switch.
have to disconnect battery 2 or three times it will stop for a while
Often when using turn signal, the wipers go on.
Windshield wiper do not park in the correct position and intermittent does not work
blinker problem they would not work had to replace relay switch . have had to replace it 3 times in 5 years. wipers are starting to act up will come on even when the engine is off. have had to replace blower resistor , heater only worked on high. can not get the back lift gate to open.
Front Wipers come on by themselves. after replacing PCM module the front windshield washer pump quit working. Back washer still works. Front wipers still come on erriticly
Chrysler Town & Country : Malfunctioning Switch in Steering Column May Cause Problems With Front Wipers