Aug 012015
 

Behold the relay I replaced to restore proper operation of my wife’s van’s windshield wipers:

relay

Thanks to OdyClub.com for helping me assemble the answer. God bless the Internet.

Here it is, more elegantly than I could ever find it in one place there: if you have a second-generation Honda Odyssey and it suddenly loses intermittent and low speed on the windshield wipers, but high speed still works, you probably need Honda part number 39794-S10-003. It’s the bottom bit in the smaller of two electrical boxes located just to the left of the battery (covers removed):

relay2

Take the cover off, pull the old relay straight up, and push the new one straight down. Total cost: $23. Elapsed time: 30 seconds.

I had to remove these boxes to replace the starter a few months ago, so I may have jostled and inadvertently hastened the relay’s demise then.

This part is inexpensive enough, and the symptom specific enough, that you ought to give this a whirl before you go jacking around with the motor or the switch. (And you know it’s not a fuse. If it was, then high speed wouldn’t work either, right?)

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  One Response to “The Internet again saves me hundreds of dollars”

  1. That’s funny. The Internet always costs me several hundred dollars because, SQUIRREL! Look what Chico’s has on sale today!!

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