Why doesnt by 2010 Equinox Wiper motor move the wipers?


Asked by Aug 23, 2014 at 07:31 PM about the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LS AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Driving home in rain on Turnpike, my wipers moved past the windshield on drivers side and
stopped working.  I checked fuses, they look fine, took off wipers and cleaned groves but
motor sounds like it is on but doesnt move the blades.

16 Answers


There may be a piece of linkage, a rod, that connects the two wipers come off or broken, and/or the same that goes from motor to the driven side that in turn moves the other wiper

11 out of 11 people think this is helpful.


2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

My wipers on my 2010 Chev Equinox just stopped working and plopped into posiiton where they are when not in user

10 out of 10 people think this is helpful.
Dee Winder

My 2013 not even two years old vehicle is having the same problem jakemcg. They were working then all of a sudden stuck all the way to the left drivers side hanging almost off windshield in the pouring down rain. I had to literally hang out my window in the rain to push them back over. My question is how a brand new two year vehicle is having so much trouble. My Equinox has been in the shop at least 4 times four some kinda factory defects. Engine light has been on and car stalls etc. Of course under warranty but this is the pits. This has been the worst vehicle I have ever brought out of my car purchasing history. That's why I usually buy foreign. My 2006 GMC Envoy right before this one did not disappoint however. But this one sucks. Is there such thing as purchasing a new "lemon". I've never traded in any of my cars I've purchased but I'm ready for a trade in on this one for sure. I Will contact GM to see about recalls on this issue but I'm sure the response like so many others won't be productive and solve my issue.

9 out of 9 people think this is helpful.
Helen Staniewicz

Dee, I purchased a 2013 Equinox this past February and just had the same thing happen. Not fun driving in the pouring rain on a busy Atlanta highway and all of a sudden the wipers just stopped in the up position. I had to do some quick thinking, got into the emergency lane and Crept until I reached an overpass. Got out, pushed the wipers down but they didn't work at all. My cell phone had died and the charger I normally keep in my car was not there. It took me 2 and a half hours to finally get to an exit and sticking my head out the window to make my way to a grocery store where I got help. Problem just got fixed. The motor was fine but there was a piece that broke which caused the wipers to not work. Chevy needs to be responsible and somehow settle as they put us both in a very dangerous situation. Not sure where to start to let them know. As well, see if this is an ongoing problem that will put others at risk.

6 out of 6 people think this is helpful.

I have a 2013 Chevy Equinox. My windshield wipers aren't working. I'm leasing but I'm over my $36,000 mileage so they won't even cover it. I'm pissed and considering leasing elsewhere after.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Sandra Koglin

My 2013 wipers just quit when I was driving. Got to shop told part broke off but have to replace whole wiper transmission . cost$300 very upset this was my first Chevy purchase. Car has less than 50,000 miles. But need working wipers.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
Connie Miller

My 2013 Chevy Equinox has the same problem. The wipers just stopped working in the rain one day last week. Ridiculous that Chevy would not do a recall and fix this since it seems to happen quite frequently.


My 2013 Equinox RH wiper quit, of course while it was raining. 50,103 miles on it. The shop says the wiper transmission has bit the big one. Not thrilled at all to see all the complaints online. You'd think that there would be the making of a recall, but alas, I have to pony up the cash now.


Similar to everyone else, my wipers just stopped in the vertical position in a heavy rainstorm. Thankfully, I was still in my subdivision and not on the highway. I had to drive with my head out of the window to see to get home. Chevy needs to address this problem! It is dangerous!!


My 2010 Equinox had the same problem. Wipers stopped in the vertical position while in a heavy rainstorm, driving down the expressway. Cost of wiper transmission----$250.00. Not very happy.


my 2011 GMC terrain wipers stopped working, pitch black 5:30 A.M on the way to work. I will check the fuse, I hope its that but most likely a broken linkage.


Just happened to me driving home in a heavy rain storm. Wipes just stopped and having rain for next 2 days. Have to get into shop but goggled this issues and found out it has happened to many. This is a hazard issue, that Chevy should be replacing. Any ideas how to get this to their attention.


Help! This same thing just happened to me on Friday in a very heavy rainstorm on the highway! The wipers on my 2010 chevy equinox just stopped, I had my 3 kids in the car, it was so scary! Luckily I was able to pull over to safety and wait out the storm, but obviously need to address the issue... I've had this car for just under a year and it has been in the shop 4 times, I've had 4 different rental cars, it's horrible! Does anyone think Chevy/GM will do anything for me?

Jack Bradley

I had the same problem in 2014 with my 2010 Equinox. Same horror story during a heavy rain on the highway. Very dangerous. There is an apparent recall on these at least in Canada. http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel- avis/tc/2016/59144r-eng.php Also here: https://www.auto123.com/en/news/127000-chevy- equinox-gmc-terrain-recalled/62469/


I had this problem on my 2010 equinox last night. Heavy rainstorm,thunder lightening hit guard rails and got hung up. Very heavy traffic. Had to be towed. Could have been killed. When it was about two years old it just stopped on highway. Had to have engine rebuilt. Been in the shop for numerous other things. Horrible car. Hate it.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Equinox in your area?

CarGurus has 66,880 nationwide Equinox listings starting at $2,500.


Search Chevrolet Equinox Questions

Chevrolet Equinox Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,410
#2 FordNut
Reputation 760
#3 geezz
Reputation 640
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used GMC Terrain"
662 Great Deals out of 33,927 listings starting at $6,991
Used Chevrolet Traverse"
1,100 Great Deals out of 34,417 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford Escape"
1,722 Great Deals out of 93,978 listings starting at $788
Used Ford Edge"
1,207 Great Deals out of 50,135 listings starting at $2,995
Used GMC Acadia"
1,054 Great Deals out of 35,402 listings starting at $5,500
Used Honda CR-V"
1,503 Great Deals out of 80,985 listings starting at $1,695
Used Ford Explorer"
1,371 Great Deals out of 71,753 listings starting at $300
Used Kia Sorento"
570 Great Deals out of 35,466 listings starting at $2,500
Used Chevrolet Malibu"
1,151 Great Deals out of 73,044 listings starting at $695
Used Hyundai Santa Fe"
637 Great Deals out of 35,618 listings starting at $800
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee"
1,217 Great Deals out of 73,879 listings starting at $1,593
Used Toyota RAV4"
1,189 Great Deals out of 49,063 listings starting at $2,499
Used Nissan Rogue"
782 Great Deals out of 64,980 listings starting at $3,900
Used Nissan Murano"
427 Great Deals out of 21,723 listings starting at $1,295
Used Chevrolet Tahoe"
1,076 Great Deals out of 36,075 listings starting at $1,700

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Chevrolet Equinox LS AWD For Sale
2,089 listings starting at $15,494
2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS AWD For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 248 listings starting at $19,500
2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS AWD For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 258 listings starting at $12,100
2014 Chevrolet Equinox LS AWD For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 363 listings starting at $11,977
2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS AWD For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 378 listings starting at $8,995