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Driving along one rainy day, my wipers stopped mid-sweep at the sides of the windshield. When I got out to check, the driver's side wiper seemed locked into place. I activated the wipers and tried getting the wipers going again. I could hear a loud sound like the wiper motor was running, but nothing happened. (Kind of like a compressor, or maybe the window down noise multiplied by 10--hard to describe.)

Even with a good amount of force, I couldn't get it the driver's side wiper to move at all. On the passenger side, I could push the wiper down, which made both wipers go down. Then they swept back up to the sides like they would do during normal operation--but stayed there.

Any ideas on what the issue is? I've checked evilution, and even getting to the wiper mechanism is way beyond my skill set. If I'll need a "specialist", it looks like there's only a couple in Tallahassee. One charges $120/hr for labor, compared to $135/hr for the Gainesville dealer and $149/hr for the dealer in Jacksonville.
 

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Whatever it is, probably something with the drive system. A few years ago i parked with the wipers on intermitent, over night we had a freeze and i started the car with the wipers on with the blades frozen to the windshield, this caused the drive to jump and the wipers went out of sync and the would collide and lock up each other. I took it to a smart dealer, they never saw this before, but it was fixed quickly and they didn't even charge me for it. (smart of St. Charles, IL)
 
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