Wipers Won't Park Due to Windshield Wiper Motor Failure on Honda Civic

Problem Description and Possible Solution

On certain models the windshield wipers will not park in the proper place or won't shut off. The wiper motor must be replaced to repair this issue.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 96,622 (22,000–290,000)
20 model years affected: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
232 people reported this problem
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Wipers won't always turn off when the wiper switch is in the "Off" position. When they finally do turn off, they park themselves in random positions (not at the bottom). The intermitten control does not control the wiper speed, but the "Lo" and "High" settings do work properly.
The wipers behave erratically, sometimes stop in the middle of the windshield for several seconds or even minutes. They don't stop when they are turned off for minutes, or they dont return to the bottom of the windshield.
Wipers will not shut off properly and in the correct position. Intermittent mode does not work.
Wipers won't turn off and when they do stop, they stop anywhere on the winshield randomly!
The windshield wipers won't park when turned off or they just wont turn off until I turn the car off.
can't turn wipers off, they randomly stop on their own in the middle of the windshield
Wipers will not shut off when in off position immediately, but when they do stop they stop anywhere on the windshield. Then they may start up again on own even while in the off position. Intermittent mode does not work. This happened recently in cold/rainy weather.
Erratic wipers, won't go back to starting position.
Wipers do not shut off, do not park at bottom, run at full or high speed only.
wipers start as soon as you start car and won,t shut off
Wiper intermitent mode wipes a random number of times and doesn't stop at the bottom as normal.
I have a 95 Civic EX 2 door coupe. My intermittent wipers will not work. I believe they stopped working about a year ago (2010).

I checked fuse. I opened the switch and cleaned the contacts and changed out switch. I tested contacts in switch per Honda service manual I found online. I think switch is ok. I am going to look at the 201 and 401 ground next to see if that is it (as service manual says). I might also try messing with the motor and maybe change out to a good one to see if that fixes it. The service also says to test the integrated control unit (ICU) which has an intermittent wiper relay system inside. The ICU plugs in at the fuse panel. I will report back if I figure it out.
The solution is to change out the Windshield Wipe Motor Cover Plate - for a 2006 Honda Civic EX this part number is 76505-SNA-305
wipers stop at own will, intermittent doesn't work the way it should. should this be a recall? my 1981 nissens wipers still work and it has 175000 miles.
wipers continue to move and won't lock into position of off or on
similar problem with wipers stopping where ever it likes,problem corrected itself for awhile, then began again. Not fixed yet
intermittent wiper mode either runs continually or won't run at all. also sporadically stop mid window
Wipers will not park in the correct position.
Intermintent mode causes the wipers to continue and park at incorrect locations. Switching to others the wipers work as normal but again when turning off will keep moving and eventually stop mid-windshield
When using wipers, they continue operating for several minutes after turning off, then park in the middle of the windshield. Zimbrick honda said the wiper casing is cracked??? and the moter will need to be replaced. Labor alone will be over $100.00. This is NUTS!