Wiper & Washer System – Civic ’92-95

by NinjaX on June 21, 2010

Wiper and washer system testing and removing applies to Honda Civic models between 1992-1995.

A 2-speed front wiper motor with intermittent feature is used on all Honda Civic EG models. Wiper switch is part of the combination switch on the steering column. Some models are also equipped with a rear wiper/washer system.

FRONT WIPER MOTOR TEST

  1. Disconnect front wiper motor 5-pin connector. Using jumper wires, connect positive battery terminal to Green/Black wire terminal and negative battery terminal to Blue wire terminal at wiper motor connector. Ensure wiper motor operates on low speed.
  2. Using jumper wires, connect positive battery terminal to Green/Black wire terminal and negative battery terminal to Blue/Yellow wire terminal at wiper motor connector. Wiper motor should operate on high speed. Replace front wiper motor if it fails to operate.

REAR WIPER MOTOR TEST

  1. Remove tailgate lower trim panel. Disconnect rear wiper motor 4-pin connector. Connect positive battery terminal to terminal No. 1 (Yellow/Green wire) and negative battery terminal to terminal No. 2 (Green wire). See figure. Wiper motor should operate smoothly. Replace rear wiper motor if it fails to operate.
  2. Reconnect 4-pin connector. Turn rear wiper switch on. While motor is running, check voltage between terminal No. 3 (Light Green/Black wire) and terminal No. 4 (Black wire). Voltage should alternate from zero volts to more than 4 volts. If voltage is not as specified, replace rear wiper motor.

WASHER MOTOR TEST
Remove front bumper. Disconnect washer motor 2-pin connector. Connect battery voltage across washer motor terminals. Washer motor should operate smoothly. If motor runs smoothly but little or no washer fluid is pumped, check for disconnected or blocked washer fluid hose or a clogged pump outlet in motor.

WIPER/WASHER SWITCH TEST – HONDA CIVIC
Remove steering column covers. Disconnect 6-pin and 8-pin connectors from wiper/washer switch. Check continuity between specified terminals with switch in indicated positions. See figure. If continuity is not as specified, replace wiper/washer switch.

WIPER/WASHER SWITCH TEST – HONDA DEL SOL
Remove steering column cover. Disconnect 8-pin connector from wiper/washer switch. Check continuity between specified terminals with switch in indicated positions. See figure. If continuity is not as specified, replace wiper/washer switch.

TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Wipers Do No Operate in Any Position – Blown fuse No. 14 (20-amp) in dash fuse block. Faulty wiper motor assembly. Disconnected wiper linkage. Faulty wiper switch. Poor ground. Inspect Green/Black wire for open circuit. Check for loose or disconnected terminals.
  • Wipers Do Not Operate in Int. (Intermittent) – Faulty wiper switch. Faulty wiper motor assembly. Faulty intermittent wiper relay circuit (in integrated control unit). Inspect Blue/Green, Blue/White and/or Yellow/Blue wires for open circuit. Check for loose or disconnected terminals.
  • Wipers Do No Operate in LO or HI Position – Faulty wiper switch.
  • Wipers Do Not Operate in Mist Position - Faulty mist switch.
  • Rear Window Wiper Does No Operate (Civic) – Blown fuse No. 14 (20-amp) in dash fuse block. Faulty wiper motor assembly. Faulty wiper switch. Poor ground. Inspect Green/Black and/or Green wires for open circuit. Check for loose or disconnected terminals.
  • Wipers Do No Return to Park Position With Switch Turned Off – Faulty wiper motor assembly. Faulty wiper switch. Check for open circuit in Blue/White and/or Light Green/Black wire. Poor ground. Check for loose or disconnected terminals.
  • Erratic or no Intermittent Cycle – Faulty wiper switch. Faulty intermittent wiper relay circuit (in integrated control unit). Inspect Blue/Green, Blue/White, Green/Black (Civic Del Sol) or Yellow/Blue wire(s) for open circuit. Check for loose or disconnected terminals.
  • Little or No Washer Fluid is Pumped – Insufficient washer fluid in reservoir. Disconnected or blocked washer fluid hose. Clogged washer fluid nozzle. Faulty washer motor. Faulty washer switch. Poor ground. Inspect Black/Green and/or Green/Yellow wire for open circuit. Check for loose or disconnected terminals.

REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION

Front Wiper Motor

  1. Open hood. Remove cap nuts from wiper arms. Carefully remove wiper arms. Remove hood seal and air scoop by prying off trim clips and removing screws.
  2. Disconnect wiper motor 5-pin connector. Remove 3 bolts, nut and wiper linkage assembly. Remove wiper motor assembly. To install, reverse removal procedure.3

Rear Wiper Motor
Outside vehicle, remove wiper arm cover, nut, wiper arm, seal retainer nut and washer, and outer seal rubber from wiper motor shaft. Inside vehicle, remove hatch or tailgate trim panel. Disconnect rear wiper motor 4-pin connector. Remove 3 bolts and rear wiper motor. To install, reverse removal procedure.

WIPER AND WASHER SWITCH

WARNING: Air bag system MUST be disabled BEFORE removing any steering column component.

Disable air bag system. Remove dash lower trim cover. Remove steering column covers. On Civic, disconnect wiper/washer switch 6-pin and 8-pin connectors. On Civic Del Sol, disconnect wiper/washer switch 8-pin connector. Remove 2 screws and slide wiper/washer switch out of housing. To install, reverse removal procedure.

WASHER FLUID RESERVOIR AND NOZZLE
Remove front bumper. Remove 3 bolts and washer fluid reservoir. Disconnect hose and 2-pin connector from washer motor. Remove deflector, washer nozzles and washer fluid hoses as necessary. To install, reverse removal procedure.

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