Windshield Wipers May Fail Due to Faulty Wiper Motor Control Board on GMC 1500 Pickup

The windshield wipers may not work intermittently due to a faulty wiper motor control board. Our technicians tell us that lightly taping on the wiper motor when the fault occurs should temporarily get the wipers working again. Some vehicles were recalled for this problem and some were not. You will need to check with your local dealer to find out if a specific vehicle was included.

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Average mileage: 132,880 (70,000–200,000)
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
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1998 GMC 1500 Pickup 165,000 mi,
Wipers started to fail intermittently, and now don't work at all.
1992 GMC 1500 Pickup 160,000 mi,
When turned on my wipers stop and start on full running or intermittent . What controls this type thing??? And where is it on the truck? Thanks Tim Williams anderson sc
1998 GMC 1500 Pickup 200,000 mi,
some times the wipers work fine then the next day they won't work at all
1993 GMC 1500 Pickup 100,000 mi,
The wipers will work one time. The next, they won't. Then they will work. Very difficult to trouble shoot.
1997 GMC 1500 Pickup 78,000 mi,
It used to be you could tap the wiring harness that plugs into the side of the wiper motor and it'd start back up. Now they only turn on if the temperature is below 20 degrees, and once the truck warms up--they will quit. You get the buzzing/humming, also the wiring harness wiggles probably a centimeter fore & aft... I don't think it supposed to do that. Mechanics want to charge $150+ to fix it... apparently the part is only $40-50.00 at O'Rielly's/AutoZone.
Sometimes wipers would not work. Took off motor cover on fire wall, looked at PC board. Found a cold solder joint for component on bd. Resoldered joint wipers now work fine. Before purchasing a new board.; check this problem out.
1991 GMC 1500 Pickup 200,000 mi,
wipers turn on but stays on when i turn off mind of it own. never know what it going to do
1998 GMC 1500 Pickup 139,000 mi,
Wipers fail intermittently. Have not yet replaced the control board. Vehicle has been stranded.
1994 GMC 1500 Pickup 122,000 mi,
Windshield wipers would not start working when I encountered a heavy rain, had to pull off the road & wait until I could safely see to continue driving. I found there was a recall NHTSA #98V150001 issued on 7.01.98 for replacement of a faulty circuit board on the wiper motor. I called the dealer to see if they would handle the recall & was asked if I had ever had my vehicle in their dealership. I explained I had bought the vehicle new from the previous dealership which they bought out. I supplied the requested VIN number & was told my vehicle was not included in the recall even though I was experiencing the issues listed under the recall number I gave them. They transferred me to another area which didn't answer the phone so I left a detailed message along with my contact number. They have never returned my call. After six new GM vehicles, this type of service may indicate it us time to try another brand vehicle. Very disappointed in my dealers lack of service regarding this situation.
1995 GMC 1500 Pickup 160,000 mi,
Had to pull fuse to stop wiper motor.wipers stayed in up position, had to take wiper arms off as will not go down
1994 GMC 1500 Pickup 200,000 mi,
Wiper work sometimes
1992 GMC 1500 Pickup 70,000 mi,
Windshield wipers will start and not turn off. You have to turn off ignition and they stop where ever they are. Start the truck again and sometime they will cycle an return to the off position. They do not like to work in the rain. So entires in the wash mode. At first if you taped the motor they would work.
1997 GMC 1500 Pickup 180,000 mi,
replaced the wiper control board twice. Issue still remains
1997 GMC 1500 Pickup 100,500 mi,
Same problem no solution yet
same exact problem.who ever rides passager in my truck has to be the one too get out in the rain and tap on my would bo nice to find out if my truck was one recalled.then maybe my friends will ride with me more. thank - you
wipers come on but work the way they want doesn't shut off in the right position.
1996 GMC 1500 Pickup 80,000 mi,
Was satisfied by GM warranty repair
1992 GMC 1500 Pickup 130,000 mi,
Wipers were intermittent or would completely stop. Diagnosed and repaired by mechanic.