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Wipers Go On By Themselves On My 2002 Bird.

Discussion in '2002 - 2005 Ford Thunderbird' started by Mark 02 Thunderbird, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. This has been a problem for the last year or so. I took the FEM out and sent it to Automotive Modules in Michigan, and after installing it, the problem is still there. The owner of the company said my module was fine after he went through it. My local mechanic said that the wiper switch, if it is the problem, is no longer available, from Ford. Anyone else have these issues? Thank you!
  2. Bubblehog

    Bubblehog Well-Known Member Gold Donor

    If you're pretty sure it's the switch, try searching on line- I found one here at this very long URL

    at Village Ford parts- it's the multi switch, part of the steering column, under the steering system. It should be the same part for the T-Bird or same-year Lincoln LS and maybe also same-year Jaguar S-type. It's also available used on e-Bay. Good luck!
  3. cdbintexas

    cdbintexas Well-Known Member Lifetime Donor

    All Thunderbird parts are available somewhere (new or used). There are a couple of websites available on here or you can do your own search. Use caution though as there are 4 or 5 places the circuit could fail outside the FEM. probably a good time to buy the wiring diagram and shop manuals cd for the 2002. Then find a friend who is an EE to read it to you.
    Mark 02 Thunderbird and BluByeU like this.
  4. I would like to know what other symptoms you are having that would encourage you to go through the effort of removing & replacing the FEM
    ChuckH262 likes this.
  5. Thank you. I'm not sure that it is the switch. The car has been at my local shop for 3 days, and not once have the wipers wiped on their own, so he has been unable to diagnose the problem.
  6. Nothing but the phantom wipers. No dash light issues, window issues, or other problems associated with the FEM. On a Facebook TBird group I follow, where I also posted the problem, several people replied that the first sign they experienced with a failing FEM was the phantom wiper issue, and that more issues followed shortly after. It was a hassle to get it out of the car, but even a bigger hassle waiting 3 weeks to get it back, and still have the same problem! A local junk yard near me has an 02 Lincoln LS, which according to my mechanic, and his research, use the same switch. It's a pull a part type place, so even it it doesn't fix the problem, all I'm out is a little time and probably $10.
  7. Thanks to great information provided on this site, tomorrow I'm going to a self service junk yard to get a switch from a Lincoln LS, and see if it stops the phantom wiper issue I'm having with my 02 Bird. I have a steering wheel puller, and I'm wondering if, once I get the wheel and air bag off the junk yard car, how far down into the column does the wiring go? Does this require tools other than the steering wheel puller, and a 1/4 inch drive set, and any other normal tools I will have with me? Thanks for any help!
    biddle likes this.
  8. Yes, but look what you gain. The knowledge of how to remove it from both cars & the very strong possibility it will be the fix to your problem.
    To me the glass is better than half full, not half empty.
    Good luck.
  9. Thanks again Bubblehog for your link to the Ford dealer with the part! I ordered it last night. It should be here in a few days. I'll let you know what happens.

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