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#1 Old 12-22-2008, 10:07 PM
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I've read posts about wipers not working with a large snow build up-Scary!. Hubby drove the truck last night and it was freezing rain. No snow build up. He said the wipers wouldn't work!! Anyone else have this problem? I never had such an issue with my 2004. I can't have an SUV 4 wheel drive I bought to drive in New England weather and not be able to drive it due to wiper issues! This is insane! It wasn't because they were stuck to the windshield. When he turned the engine off and then back on, they worked again. If this happens on the highway I'm dead. Why aren't there any recalls on this issue?? Any insight, something I'm missing???
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I've read posts about wipers not working with a large snow build up-Scary!. Hubby drove the truck last night and it was freezing rain. No snow build up. He said the wipers wouldn't work!! Anyone else have this problem? I never had such an issue with my 2004. I can't have an SUV 4 wheel drive I bought to drive in New England weather and not be able to drive it due to wiper issues! This is insane! It wasn't because they were stuck to the windshield. When he turned the engine off and then back on, they worked again. If this happens on the highway I'm dead. Why aren't there any recalls on this issue?? Any insight, something I'm missing???
Sorry to hear that the wipers had a failure.

I have been frequenting this site for a very long time and have not heard of such a thing happening. Perhaps I missed it.

As far as a recall for faulty wipers are concerned, I think your incident is so isolated that it would not be appopriate for Hyundai to do this.

First they have to determine that there is a potential problem for all the vehicles, which they have not. Second, after the problem is discovered, they would have to have a fix for it prior to vehicles being recalled. Since there is no problem, there can be no fix.

Yours is such an isolated incident that it is unlikely it will ever happen again. Never the less, you should let your dealer check out the vehicle and perhaps they will find a loose connection or other bug somewhere in the wiper motor circuit. Moisture may be the culprit, since you mentioned rain. It's worth a trip to your dealership for some peace of mind.

If your dealer does find a problem, please post here and let us know.

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Any vehicle will temporarily shut down its windshield wipers if the wipers become jammed with snow or ice. This is normal. Waiting a few minutes, or restarting the engine, gets them working again. If your wipers are shutting down under no load, I'd definitely have them checked by a mechanic.
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Thanks. Hopefully it was just a random thing and won't happen when I'm driving. I had a wiper motor go yrs ago in a Ca
maro and that was almost deadly when it happened on the highway in a rain storm.
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Had a similar situation in a recent snow storm in Rochester, NY. I drove to the nearest Hyundai dealer and they had 3 other vehicles (none of them Santa Fe's) in the shop and a 4th person on the phone with the same problem. Have been driving for 30+ years in Western New York weather and have never had this happen before. I was told that not to let snow/ice build up on the windshield or they will quit working. This is to save the wiper motor. I feel as though this is a design flaw on Hyundai's part.
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I have heard this is an issue. I did drive in a really bad storm the other day and I didn't notice any unusually heavy buildup on my windshield. But I had the rear defogger on and the winshield defogger on keeping the glass as hot as I could so it wouldn't build up and stop the wipers.
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On cold days, make sure you turn on the [b]rear defrost as soon as you start the car, which activates the wiper de-icer and heated mirrors.
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The wipers and the whole cowl in area in general is a very weak area of the Santa Fe in severe weather in my opinion. It's too bad since it is such a great driver in extreme weather.
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Hi Kathy,

I don't know about New York, but here in Ontario we've had more snow in the past two winters than anytime in the past 30 years... that might explain the sudden emergence of this "situation". For the record I have had the wipers quit on GM, Honda and Nissan vehicles (once while parked at a hotel in Rochester come to think of it!), but so far never on my Santa Fe. As maseace says, maybe keeping the rear defroster on is the answer.
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I HAVE A 2002 HYUNDAI TRAJET 2LTR PETROL, WIPERS WONT WORK NOW, THIS MAYBE DOWN TO BEEN FROZEN TO THE SCREEN IN THE SNOW, NOW AN AUTO ELECTRICIAN HAS GOT THE WIPERS WORKING, BY PUTTING A WIRE SOMEWHERE ?? BUT THEY ONLY WORK ON SLOW SPEED, NOT ON HIGH, AND THEY DONT SELF PARK, ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THIS PROBLEM IS ?? DO I NEED A NEW WIPER MOTOR ? AND DOES ANYONE HAVE A WIRING DIAGRAM FOR THIS MODEL CAR ? I WOULD BE GRATEFULL FOR ANY HELP, IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME, PLEASE EMAIL ME

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