Hi All: I have a 1994 Olds Cutlass Supreme and Iam haveing issues with the Combination Switch, which I found out that what the part is called. It is the Turn Signal/Wipers/and Dimmer all in one. All functions are working fine except for the wiper function. After investigating the issue, I found out all the functions work, but when you turn the end of the switch to turn on the different speeds of the wipers, the wipers don't work, "unless" I take my hand and very gently apply just a very small amount of pressure downward on the switch.
Now I don't have to pull down to the point that the left turn signal comes on, but with just slight pressure downward on the switch, the wipers will then work properly.
My question is does anyone here have a compatible switch, and also, since its just the one function of the wipers that are causeing the issue, can that particular issue be repaired somehow without changing out the entire switch? From what I understand, the steering wheel has to be pulled in order to replace it. The part plus the labor Iam afraiod is going to be expensive especially on a fixed income of Disability.
I also noticed that there is a wireng harness that the switch plugs into in the steering columb, and I wigg;ed the several wires that go to the plug that plgs into the stering columb, and when I did that the wipers came on and off as I wiggled the wires. So that sort of makes me wonder if the issue is one of those little wires that make up that wireing harness has become loose and wondered if that could be repaired insead of replacing the entire switch.
If it were up to me and I knew how, I would just mount a little toggle switch somewhere that would turn the wipers on and off and not worry about the different wiper speeds. I don't know if that cou;d be done or not. Everything else on the switch operates the other functions fine. What do some of you think I need to do? One thing about it, I surely need windshild wipers.
One good thing is though, I had just had the car in for its annual safety inspection, and eveidently they worked fine then because everything passed. I didn't notice the probl;em until a ay or two later when it began to rain. I would greatly apreciate any advice as what I need to do here.
Thanks so much. In case you want to know why my user name is onelegger 51 is Iam an amputee on the left side just below the knee.