Windshield Wiper/washer problems of the 1998 GMC Jimmy

30 problems related to windshield wiper/washer have been reported for the 1998 GMC Jimmy. The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 1
Failure Date: 05/21/2009

The contact owns a 1998 GMC Jimmy. While driving approximately 75 mph in rainy weather conditions, the front and rear windshield wipers would not work when activated. The driver experienced extremely limited visibility and had to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road. He had to wait until the rain slacked up before driving the vehicle to his destination. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 141,000.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 2
Failure Date: 12/15/2004

Noted issues with my 98 Jimmy (purchased 12/97)that I have had to repair which I believe were defective parts: 1) 10/00 mileage=57248 replaced faulty ignition switch due to dash board lights not working 2) not repaired to date: wipers have had occasions they did not work. I usually can get them working by turning them on/off a few times. Intermittent mode takes a long time(3-10 seconds) to start running in best scenario. 3) both front reclining seat levers broke off(brittle metal rod)within first 3 years of usage. I have not replaced due to cost of replacing complete seat assemblies is only fix. 4) 12/04 mileage=129,518 throttle choke plate assembly disintegrated partially and jammed throttle open. This almost caused an accident as could not come to a complete stop while car was running. After broken piece worked its way past the valves I needed $1900 in cylinder head repairs.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 3
Failure Date: 11/15/2004

Windshield wipers will quit working. They will quit for a while then start back working.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 4
Failure Date: 10/29/2004

03 v 159 000/gm windshield wiper motor: the wipers worked intermittently during inclement conditions. The dealer was notified and they informed the consumer that the vehicle identification number was not included in the recall.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 5
Failure Date: 08/25/2004

Windshield wipers malfunctioned. Windshield wipers suddenly went out of line and off the track while engaged. This failure almost resulted in an accident because consumer was driving in a rain storm with reduced driver's visibility. Dealership was contacted.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 6
Failure Date: 08/03/2004

Windshield wipers worked intermittently. Manufacturer stated there was no recall.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 7
Failure Date: 07/27/2004

I have a 1998 GMC s-15 Jimmy. I've had a periodic problem with my windshield wipers not working. Sometimes they won't come on at all when I need them; at other times they're working and stop working while I'm driving in the rain. This is extremely dangerous and has left me stranded in places waiting for them to start working again. At other times I've had to continue driving without wipers until I could find a place to pull over. I see from internet forums that this appears to be a common problem. In fact, gm recalled 1994-1997 models to replace the circuit board. However, the 1998 model has the same parts and the same problem, but they will not do anything. The dealer will not acknowledge that there's a problem with them, nor will gm customer service. I'm having this repaired at my own expense, but that does not address the issue of a known problem that could have more serious consequences before a person has an opportunity to get it repaired.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 8
Failure Date: 07/23/2004

Complaint received via e-mail. My windshield wiper blades hung randomly during a down pour. The control wheel on the left blinker shaft did not move them. This almost killed me while driving at 60 mph on the freeway. The dealer said there was no recall on my particular vehicle, but there was on others. Another GMC consumer that came into to dealer had windshield wipers replaced 3 times, but was still having problems. There must be something terribly wrong with this design.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 9
Failure Date: 06/30/2004

On my way to work, my windshield wiper keeps failing. It's almost 100% guaranteed to fail during any rain. It also fails when using the windshield washer. This is very dangerous, as I do only highway driving every day. I know that previous years had the recall, yet the 1998 has not been recalled for fix. I realized this was a problem during the first rain after I purchased my vechicle 2 1/2 years ago. I hope gm is willing to fix this problem soon. I am sincerly considering converting to another maker.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 10
Failure Date: 05/26/2004

While driving in rainy weather, the front windshield wiper failed to work. Please provide more information.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 11
Failure Date: 01/06/2004

The front and rear windshield wipers began to intermittently work. This was over a period of three months and later stopped working all together. Consumer did not take the vehicle to a dealer for any repairs because it was no longer under warranty. The transmission did not shift properly after acceleration for a period of about thirty seconds, and then it shifted into gear. The abs was delayed when applying brake pressure. The brakes locked, and then the vehicle slid. The brakes pads were replaced every three months, this has been ongoing for the last two years. The steering wheel pulled to the right continuously, an alignment was performed a year ago but it did not correct the problem. In January 2004 the vehicle was involved in an accident, it struck a parked car at a speed of about 30 mph and the air bags did not deploy. This was front impact. The consumer has numerous complaints about the vehicle. .

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 12
Failure Date: 12/06/2003

When windshield wipers are on intermitent wipe they will automatically just keep wiping as if they were on low/no intermitent. When I try to turn them off, they just keep on going for a good 10 wipes, or sometimes even more. Vehicle has 50,000 miles on it.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 13
Failure Date: 12/01/2003

When windshield wipers are on intermitent wipe they will automatically just keep wiping as if they were on low/no intermitent. When I try to turn them off, they just keep on goingfor a good 10 wipes, or sometimes even more. Vehicle has 69,000 miles on it.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 14
Failure Date: 11/18/2003

1998 GMC Jimmy has faulty wipers, and through some research, there are many others with this problem. GMC should have recalled more than just the 1997 model.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 15
Failure Date: 10/15/2003

Windshield wipers work sometimes when its dry out. Never work when raining or damp. Recall stops at 1997 for GMC Jimmy, but I have a 1998 and have problems. Recall should include 1998 and any other years that have problems. You would think that general motors would have solved this problem a long time ago. It seems as they almost do not care about their customers safety.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 16
Failure Date: 08/29/2003

When driving at various speeds and without warning windshield wipers would work intermittently, causing a distraction to consumer's view during rainy weather.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 17
Failure Date: 08/07/2003

While driving in the rain, the windshield wipers failed. This was the same unit wiper motor as the 96' chevy astro that was recalled.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 18
Failure Date: 07/29/2003

While traveling in inclement weather, the windshield wipers worked intermittently. Gm recalled the 1994-1997 Jimmy's, however the consumer's vehicle was not recalled, even though the vehicle experienced the same problem.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 19
Failure Date: 07/08/2003

Windshield wipers will quit in the middle of a rainstorm. They do this quite often. I pull off the road, open the hood of the car and wiggle the gray wire leading into the windshield motor which seems to get them working again, all the while getting soaked. I proceed down the road a few miles and it does it again. How come the recall is only for GMC Jimmy's through 1997?.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 20
Failure Date: 05/22/2003

Windshield wipers would stop during heavy rains.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 21
Failure Date: 05/01/2003

Front windshield wipers occasionally go from intermittent to low speed, or from low speed to stop, or cannot be shutoff in rainy wet weather. Happens almost every time, when front wipers are used in rainy conditions.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 22
Failure Date: 04/02/2003

Windshield wipers worked intermittently. Recall issued for this problem, but only goes up to 1997 vehicles.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 23
Failure Date: 12/10/2002

I own a 1998 GMC Jimmy, VIN no. 1gkcs13w3w2543504. The windshield wipers do not work most of the time, occasionally work intermittently, and the few times they do work, will stop in mid-cycle blocking view through the windshield. GMC has recalled all Jimmys from 1993-1997 with the same problem. However, they have not included the 1998 in the same recall. I checked the certificate on my door - my car was manufactured in 02/1998. This problem is creating a safety concern for my daughter and I while in the car. I live in florida where it rains daily during the summer. I called GMC on 5/12/03 to check into the recall on the 1993-1997 Jimmy's. I spoke to two customer service representatives. The second one, erin, noted my concern, but stated "your vehicle is not included in this recall" I replied "well, who do I call when this issue causes a car accident with me & my daughter?" her response was "call GMC customer service" - she was very rude and did not help solve the problem. This problem occurs almost every time it rains. It also occurs when I attempt to use the windshield washer fluid - the fluid will spray but the wipers will not come on.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 24
Failure Date: 08/15/2002

Consumer stated that windshield wipers worked intermittently. Dealer notified. The failure had been a problem for almost 2 years. Issues included loss of control speed, and inability to turn wipers off and on. Had to replace faulty circuit board, which was recalled on similar make, models and years through 1997.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 25
Failure Date: 08/14/2002

The windshield wipers, front and back, stop working with no warning. They can be on and stop working all together or not work at all. I have tried the different relay speeds and they still won't come on or continue working. It is a very seriuos driving hazard especially if it is raining heavy. You are required to pull over and wait until either the rain stops or the wipers start working again.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 26
Failure Date: 10/20/2001

Engine check light on intermittently. SUV accelelerate slowly, rpms reach 3000 before vehicles moves. Instrument panel lights going on and off, including the fuel gauge indicator. Over head dash light won't work. Took my SUV to the dealership on a Friday 11/09/01. All problems were occuring at that time and they could see for themselves. I was informed the the diagnosistic test showed 5 trans codes. And that wire to the transmission was loose and they reconnected that wire and all codes were now clear. The very next day my SUV began doing the same thing all over again. I called the dealership and reported the problem on Monday 11/12/01. I was then told that the problem may be caused be a wire leading from my ignition to transmission. And that I might need an ignition switch. And that to do the work it would cost me $400 to $500. And that they didn't think that the fuel gauge problem was related to this problems. There are time that I am unable to control my windshield wipers. I have read over 12 simular compliants & incidents. GMC need to repair these malfunction before someone is seriously injuried. I have almost been rear ender several times because my SUV won't accelerate properly. And to be driving along and suddenly have your instrument panel fails, this is distracting and unsafe. Also, my emergency brake will not hold. S. O.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 27
Failure Date: 08/11/2001

Windshield wipers fail to actuate on an intermittent basis with no discernable pattern. Frequency of failure is increasing. When the wipers do fail sometimes they will activate after 15-20 attempts to turn them on. At times only stopping and turning off the ignition swithch and restarting the vehicle will get the wipers to activate. Transmission fbegan failing with occassional but noticable late and hard shifts from first to second gear . Engine light code scan indicated a failure of the valve body. Replacement of the valve body fixed the problem , but the addtional torque put on the drivetrain from the hard shifts most probably caused the failure of the rear u-joint as well.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 28

Windshield wiper works intermittently in heavy rain. The windshield wipers stopped in heavy rain which made it impossible to see. The dealer fixed the problem. There was a known defect with the wiper boards 97 models which were recalled.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 29

98 GMC Jimmy windshield wiper failure.

car   Windshield Wiper/washer problem 30

After windshield wipers are actuated, they will continue to run when it is turned off. I find it very distracting and I will have to hit or jiggle the actuator switch to get the wipers to stop.

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