A sticking windshield wiper switch can cause a delay in wiper operation, especially in cold weather.Google+
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Land Rover Discovery Sticking Windshield Wiper Switch May Cause Delay in Wiper operation
Land Rover Discovery Problem
Average Mileage: 109,740 mi (16,500 mi - 182,000 mi)
Visitor, 2003 Land Rover Discovery, 76,000 mi
Works fine in the summer, but in the winter my turn signals and windshield wiper switch don't work until the switch is warmed up.
Visitor, 2003 Land Rover Discovery, 100,000 mi
Wipers wouldn't work until interior warmed up in the winter. Read blog tutorial advice with good pix and disassembled multi switch and cleaned off the old dry grease that causes the problem.
Visitor, 2003 Land Rover Discovery, 85,000 mi
Well it didn't necessarily solve the problem, but in order to get the wipers to work, I turned them to top speed, and hold down the wiper delay. Then it starts to work. Tends to only happen when it's cold outside though.
Visitor, 2002 Land Rover Discovery, 113,000 mi
Turn on and delay will not work until a few minutes have passed. I sprayed WD-40 into the assembly. Still works intermitantly.
Visitor, 2004 Land Rover Discovery, 16,500 mi
Same deal...wipers don't work until warm...going to try to degrease.
Visitor, 2001 Land Rover Discovery, 160,000 mi
Wipers wont work until I leave it on full speed for a while guess they need time to warm up