Honda Accord: No Wipers - Diagnose & Repair

In this video I have a look at a high mileage Honda Accord that came in with a customer compliant of no wipers. I could have just chucked a motor at from the parts cannon but I show the routine process of following a diagnostic plan to get a 100% definitive answer to what is wrong. You have two options. You can test or guess. You choose. -Enjoy!
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  1. Democrats are Evil

    Democrats are EvilDay ago

    Bushing wear in the rotating assembly will cause that to slap the edge.

  2. Frank Allen Jr

    Frank Allen Jr2 days ago

    Love hate on plastic? Dont you think cars these days are made with too much plastic? Intakes Thermostat housings etc

  3. Trevor Morgan

    Trevor Morgan3 days ago

    rollin the diagnostic dice boiii

  4. Dakota Hughes

    Dakota Hughes4 days ago

    Anybody else want a toolbox/shop tour

  5. Richard Hansard

    Richard Hansard4 days ago

    Eric O., you are the best comic on USlikes!

  6. wakefieldyorkshire

    wakefieldyorkshire5 days ago

    All that then not to look inside the motor! I feel cheated.

  7. Harry Gordon

    Harry Gordon5 days ago

    Review on the x beam wrench’s!?

  8. John Hanselman

    John Hanselman5 days ago

    Honda Accord with over 300K miles and the owner hires SMA. Quality seeks quality.

  9. Chevguy85

    Chevguy855 days ago

    Why are people disliking I don't get it

  10. Hans gruber

    Hans gruber6 days ago

    Eric, just replaced plugs on a 2016 outback 2.5, what a nightmare. Wanted to share my victory! Love the channel.

  11. jorge fernandez

    jorge fernandez6 days ago

    Pretty straightforward repair. Nice Job.👍👍

  12. fanfan 12378

    fanfan 123786 days ago

    Nice professional way to diagnose and fix. Thanks for sharing

  13. Doug Kubash

    Doug Kubash6 days ago

    Ford service manuals - through Ford have 'Theory and Operation' I think it's called. It is a wealth of information. I have learned a lot by reading through it. Way to go Honda for having pretty much the same thing. I need all the help I can get! Good video!

  14. David Harley

    David Harley7 days ago

    Hi watched one of your videos recently whare you diagnosed a vacume leak a ground issue with the abs which was problem with the ground attached to the transmission case you also done a wheel speed sensor on this video my question is what is needed and how do you make up the variable resistors tool you used to complete the circuit is thare any chance you could do small video on making one up im a relatively new tech so anything that makes diagnostic a little easier would help thsnks

  15. Boinger

    Boinger7 days ago

    give her a good jiggle...

  16. Timothy Steiger

    Timothy Steiger7 days ago

    all the 05 accord content you can provide is welcome here

  17. James nolastname

    James nolastname7 days ago

    Hope this works have a1998 f150 4.2 my profile picture shows the plenum and the black round thing with two water connects on side and vacuum connect to middle Can someone give me the name or info on this went to O’Reilly they couldn’t find it they called ford they couldn’t find it said it’s two old is it replaceable is it glued in screwed in what is it’s name??

  18. Tom Gep

    Tom Gep7 days ago

    Damned thing only lasted 380K. What a pile of trash.

  19. Ian Martin

    Ian Martin7 days ago

    Hi Mrs O. Absolutely love your USlikes videos. One quick question - who is the old guy with a beard that keeps interrupting you?

  20. robert medina

    robert medina7 days ago

    That's how people are. They don't show and don't call . Then some show late. They think they are shopping at their leisure. Ya know because they have the money and they think you are lucky to have their business! You know you should keep your word...but the stupid customer should be able to do what they want and not keep their word😡😡 Sometimes I just tell stupid customer to kick the can😈😈😈 ha ha Cause I do what I want lol

  21. Matthew Sweet

    Matthew Sweet7 days ago

    Ivan is the master of the "no parts required" fix!

  22. Rob J

    Rob J7 days ago

    Oh, you have a 10mm socket. Wondering if I can borrow it sometime. I seem to have lost all six of mine. I tried to order one but they're on backorder with no ship date for the foreseeable future.

  23. scrapmetal100

    scrapmetal1007 days ago

    Guest appearance by SK wrenches!

  24. james spash

    james spash7 days ago

    So diver commands low wiper speed, signal sent by ethernet to satellite, via NASA, to mars, Venus then Jupiter. Jupiter sends command signal back around the moon base to Houston control, then Via the local cable tv network, and Verizon 5g network and the wipers go on slow. Wow we made this so much better.

  25. Gary Z

    Gary Z8 days ago

    Does Mrs O have her own channel? I saw her video taping some cooking, but haven't been able to find anything on USlikes

  26. Mark Nease

    Mark Nease8 days ago

    Well done.....Stuntman taught you well.

  27. Alex Hoedemakers

    Alex Hoedemakers8 days ago

    Where do you get your diagrams from?

  28. Terry Moore

    Terry Moore8 days ago

    Did you put on a new wiper too?

  29. Floyd ervin

    Floyd ervin8 days ago

    Eric greT job breaking it down. Keep up the go OJ d work

  30. 177584

    1775848 days ago

    Hey Eric, you should do a quick toolbox tour video, it would be interesting to see some of the tools you use to work on rusty junk lol.

  31. UncleMarks DIY Automotive Fix it channel

    UncleMarks DIY Automotive Fix it channel8 days ago

    Wow, I actually got to see a video within a day or two of you posting it! So nice when you have wiring diagrams and the auto makers info on how the system works so you can properly test and repair the fault.

  32. John A

    John A8 days ago

    You could lose a finger 😹 with your helper clicking the wiper switch like that LOL.

  33. Gary's Garage

    Gary's Garage8 days ago

    Dumb unrelated question. Is there suppose to be power steering fluid in the rack boots the cover the inner tie rod? I have never had to replace an inner tie rod, so I thought maybe the fluid keeps them lubed. Awesome video as always:)

  34. MoutainMan3000

    MoutainMan30008 days ago

    Damned wipers are so fiddly. Drive me nuts.

  35. Peter Zeboroff

    Peter Zeboroff8 days ago

    Hi Eric, Love all your videos, I own a 2008 Honda accord with the 3.5 v6 and I keep finding that these motors tend to have all sorts of issues such as oil control rings getting plugged as well as camshaft lobes literally falling apart the same way all the early Honda V4 Motorcycles did. I currently have about 190,000 kilometers on mine but I am curious if this cars motor is original 308,000 miles or if it has had any engine work done to it? I really love these Honda 3.5 and 3.7 motors but I find it hard to accept that they can go 300,000 miles and more without at least some engine work being done to them.

  36. Paul

    Paul8 days ago

    Snap-On has a diagnostic tool that is a thing of beauty for sensitive electronics... A 32 oz. dead blow hammer... Just one tap will find the defective part. Plus it's great for winning most arguments!... And collecting on loans!.... Very versatile tool!.... Limited only by the imagination....

  37. Matt Schieder

    Matt Schieder8 days ago

    Your ability to diagnose is 10/10. Hope someday I'll have your diagnostic abilities

  38. Paul

    Paul8 days ago

    You must walk with the Lord cuz I have never had wiper arms just jump off in my hands on a Honda. Mitchell confusing?..... Never! Why, they're the most easiest to follow and understand right next to Chinese lingo.... Hopes y'allr stayin' safe and well. Greetings from the land of no rust (yeah right) Nastyville, Tennishoe.......See Ya!!

  39. Radio Rescue

    Radio Rescue8 days ago

    Whoa! Hey! It's that guy!

  40. Radio Rescue

    Radio Rescue8 days ago

    Wow a 16 year old New York Honda with 300K!! Honda's are fantastic cars, but Whoa!! Miracles do exist!!

  41. John Stone

    John Stone8 days ago

    9:16 Yeah we don’t work on that junk here Mrs. O

  42. auto body tech for life

    auto body tech for life8 days ago

    it could be a doorman motor lol

  43. John LaCroix

    John LaCroix8 days ago

    WOW AAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++++ again great video I liked it a lot keep up the great work

  44. bulkchart 32

    bulkchart 328 days ago

    what ever happened to hannah and that other girl? i used to see them in your videos all the time.

  45. Michael Sawyers

    Michael Sawyers8 days ago

    a big thank you! solve a problem today it was watching your video that did it nuff shop try

  46. Brian Fuchs

    Brian Fuchs8 days ago

    really enjoy these videos! been watching for a couple years been in the trade 3 years and find ideas and inspiration in your videos so thank you for your videos when im doing my late night learning.

  47. Scott Jeans

    Scott Jeans8 days ago

    Ok Eric where did you get that impact gun? I watched the testing on that unit and thought it was doing very well considering the abuse the tester seems to believe that it has received. Would love to know the make and model so that I may procure one for myself👍. Oh and sure live your channel,great content.

  48. vwwrenchie

    vwwrenchie8 days ago

    WAI.. Only one of the biggest suppliers of rotating electrical assemblies and components..yes I sell them.

  49. 86lowrider

    86lowrider9 days ago

    Watched a “ toxic poop” commercial before I watched the video. I think the problem is my bell crank is out of time. 😂😂

  50. E Knaap

    E Knaap9 days ago

    I wonder where the 'r' in the pronuciation of 'Honda' comes from... Is it an American thing? 🤔

  51. Mr B

    Mr B9 days ago

    good call on wiggling wiper arm see if bring i to life, I overlooked that and after tests at fuse and relay went poking around scuttle for next move and wipers almost slapped me in face when knocked the arm ...

  52. Chris Smith

    Chris Smith9 days ago

    I know you've got about 11 videos left until you hit 1000.. But I'm thinkin that will call for somethin real special.. It has to be the most exciting video you've produced to date. You thinkin' what I'm thinkin?? TOOLBOX TOUR WOOP WOOP!!

  53. canadatransistor

    canadatransistor9 days ago

    Went through this with my Cruze recently. Removing the nut and putting it back on without damaging the transmission was the toughest part of the job for sure. I laughed with the "off camera" joke and noticed the final tight down was not in the final video. I kinda know why. :-) Great video.

  54. bbaaspencer1

    bbaaspencer19 days ago

    My tip: I put blue tape along the edge of the wipers , then remove them so I know exactly where the wiper arms need to be reinstalled.

  55. Brian Beard

    Brian Beard9 days ago

    NO NO No no... It's "dirty deeds done with sheep". Just make sure to do the deeds next to a cliff so the sheep will push back.

  56. Money Grip

    Money Grip9 days ago

    Sometimes I wonder If McDonald's will ever bring back the McRib.

  57. Steve Nelson

    Steve Nelson9 days ago

    I had a '93 F 150 wiper motor decide it had had enough, hitting it with a hammer gave a new lease on life, but not a long lease, I replaced once I got a nice day and time to do it.

  58. Xombi Xombi

    Xombi Xombi9 days ago

    You do your project like Eric O. You find the schematic on a site or beg one off a friend who works in the shop. Analyze it, develop the flow chart , stick to the plan, no short cuts and the work takes a lot less time than the research, is done right the first time without wasting time and money on guess work. . You live the maxim if I can't find the time to do it right the first time, how will I ever find the time to do it over. Thank you.

  59. jamesbailey1976

    jamesbailey19769 days ago

    I use a piece of painters tape on the windshield to mark the wipers before I remove them so I know they are timed

  60. Matthew Collins

    Matthew Collins9 days ago

    Cut to my mind being blown that people actually give SMA videos a thumb down 🤯 Eric O is one of the best things to ever happen to USlikes

  61. springfield45

    springfield459 days ago

    A really good mechanic would know that a shot of BrakeKleen would help that arm pop right off.... or at least give it a shot so the viewers can get their fix of the sound... :)

  62. Andy Crowley

    Andy Crowley9 days ago

    High mileage?!?! Holy smokes. Must be the personal car of Florida Man. Worlds worst/best superhero.

  63. jrbpit1

    jrbpit19 days ago

    Thanks for posting. Relaxing after a long day!

  64. Ron Wade

    Ron Wade9 days ago

    Hot in the start and Run positions, sure, if you're very Lucky. A Fuse? A Switch?

  65. jim panther driver vickers

    jim panther driver vickers9 days ago

    Cause we think that's how we're supposed to do it???? Throw em a free wiper

  66. Joe G

    Joe G9 days ago

    I subscribe to the South Main Auto Channel, and I'm not a sponsor. Thanks Eric for reminding me of my parents use to do...... smack me over the head to make sure I was "working. "

  67. Dean McKee

    Dean McKee9 days ago


  68. Bryan Fugate

    Bryan Fugate9 days ago

    Eric, I always enjoy watching your videos for both the knowledge and your sense of humor. Sincerely, Bryan

  69. halleffect1

    halleffect19 days ago

    last wiper job i had was a chevy colorado. took the motor apart and found the brushes were fine but a small amount of rust had locked the rotor in place. cleaned everything up and sealed the case with RTV, no more issues.

  70. Haitham Mohamed

    Haitham Mohamed9 days ago

    Keep going Eric, i learned a lot especially in the electrical field my friend's car was cooling fan always on at high speed we check the wiring diagram and we found that temperature sensor wire was broken we fixed it and all is done also he has vacuum switching valve issue we will check it by using active test using scan tool and see the control side of the ECM and see all this knowledge known by you, i'm very happy that i found you on youtube teachs how to read wiring diagram and isolate the problem, Thanks

  71. - Mike

    - Mike9 days ago

    Made myself one of those pocket sized mini “pry bars” the other day. Thx for the pro-tip LoL

  72. Ning3n

    Ning3n9 days ago

    Your diagnostic process never fails to impress.

  73. wolfox2007

    wolfox20079 days ago

    Whether it's wives or wipers; timing is *critical*. ;> (Either could get you a slap!)

  74. Mark Zinsmeyer

    Mark Zinsmeyer9 days ago

    I saw that headlight bulb smoke a little bit when you were testing the connector at the motor. I am curious and worried how long you would have to hold it there for it to explode in your hand.

  75. Albert Eller

    Albert Eller9 days ago

    Very good job can you tell me the name of The long stick on flashlight and the tool you use to puncture your wires with to check for voltage thank? you so much

  76. tony sorice

    tony sorice10 days ago

    hi there i happen to like ur videos can you help me out ,how do i cool my transmission oil i drive on the beach and im at 230 f,how can i lower the temp i cant install a trans cooler i have a 2014 grand jeep,can you help me this thank you i always watch ur videos,

  77. MaxDJs Workshop

    MaxDJs Workshop10 days ago

    Yep. You are right. I so wanted you to take that old motor apart to show what's up 😏

  78. Lawrence Anderson

    Lawrence Anderson10 days ago

    Just drive when it is not raining. Funny how windshield wipers fail when you need them lol. Also, looks like they failed soon after a state inspection

  79. Soleiko

    Soleiko10 days ago

    Eric O. started with checking the fuses? I can't remember the last time I saw him do that.

  80. Bill Scott

    Bill Scott10 days ago

    Good job Eric. Your a genius on fixing the wipers

  81. gatekeeper65

    gatekeeper6510 days ago

    Great, now you've got Dirty Deeds stuck in my head. Wait,... that's a good thing ;O)

  82. South Main Auto Repair LLC

    South Main Auto Repair LLC10 days ago

    Rock on!

  83. Hank Hill

    Hank Hill10 days ago

    Shes a Squirter!!!!

  84. Hank Hill

    Hank Hill10 days ago

    Finally a darn Honda Video or should I say hon doo

  85. Steve Chesney

    Steve Chesney10 days ago

    If Eric had of been my auto shop teacher I wouldn't have blow'd up so much stuff! Atta boy Eric.

  86. hondaslave1342 VTEC

    hondaslave1342 VTEC10 days ago

    I can see clearly now that the wipers are fixed

  87. MRrwmac

    MRrwmac10 days ago

    But I really wanted to see inside the old bad motor.... arggggg?!?!

  88. Robert L. Fallin

    Robert L. Fallin10 days ago

    After 308k miles nothing comes loose without a torch, a hammer or impact wrench. Sometimes all three!


    CF CAR REPAIRS10 days ago

    Keep up the good work bro 💪

  90. South Main Auto Repair LLC

    South Main Auto Repair LLC10 days ago

    Thanks, will do!

  91. Nigel Clark

    Nigel Clark10 days ago

    Good stuff.

  92. Robert Gad

    Robert Gad10 days ago

    At 5:02: leaning under the hood while wearing a hoodie with dangling drawstrings? I was taught that such was a "Never Do," engine running or not. We know that winter is the season we all want ended, but that is not the recommended way to end it.

  93. Steve Uhl

    Steve Uhl9 days ago

    @South Main Auto Repair LLC Robert gad shouldn’t watch neutral drop

  94. Robert Gad

    Robert Gad10 days ago

    @South Main Auto Repair LLC 1) I plead the Fifth. 2) Didn't say it was the worst. 3) There are, though, some things that evoke an image of consequences so gruesome that it is hard to say nothing. In my case, I had a glove caught by a spinning pulley. Luckily, it was one of those thin nitrile gloves, so it wasn't able to pull my fingers in to join the party. The glove was a basket case. I guess I'll never forget the experience. Anyhow, don't pay me any attention. Love each and every video, so you keep them coming and I'll keep my winces to myself. Deal?

  95. South Main Auto Repair LLC

    South Main Auto Repair LLC10 days ago

    Let me guess, you never rode a bike without a helmet or drank from a garden hose either... Pretty near 100% certain that wearing a hoodie while working on a car is not the worst "safety infraction" I have done...

  96. michael thompson

    michael thompson10 days ago

    Ship that old wiper motor off to Ave,,,he will dissect it properly!

  97. michael blacktree

    michael blacktree10 days ago

    Maybe send the wiper motor to Ivan for an autopsy? hehe 😛

  98. P M

    P M10 days ago

    0:03 What, no HONDOO?

  99. justin watch

    justin watch10 days ago

    Eric, it's not that their data is more elaborate as in grandiose. I believe what you mean to say is that it appears to be more in depth, as in informative and fulfilling.

  100. Labrador McGraw

    Labrador McGraw10 days ago

    From bad to worse.

  101. David Robins

    David Robins10 days ago

    Another job completed. Thanks.

  102. Jeffrey Sasquatch

    Jeffrey Sasquatch10 days ago

    Typical, a car built in Japan with Chinese parts sold in America.

  103. Kenneth Brown

    Kenneth Brown10 days ago

    Thanks for being so professionally through, very educational too!!! Great Job, Jesus is glorified through work like yours.

  104. South Main Auto Repair LLC

    South Main Auto Repair LLC10 days ago

    Thanks for watching

  105. Dave S

    Dave S10 days ago

    308 K miles, impressive

  106. rogue

    rogue10 days ago

    i bet he tried to use his wipers whilst they were frozen to the windshield