It's not just a seized shaft?
Wow... what terrible wires they used. I just had to fix my plate lights and the purple wire was completely separated. Several other wires are cracked, but not separated but those will have to wait till daylight. Thankfully I have some solder seal connectors so I was able to re-join the wire... but sheesh. Shorts just waiting to happen.Inspect the wires in the two rubber boots that carry the wires into the hatch. It is very common for them to break. That's more likely to be the problem that the wiper motor.
It's likely the wiring harness itself. Usually, opening and/or closing the rear hatch can bring it back to life, if only for a minute.I've had similar problems with my 08 Outback and I'm looking for some advice. The rear lock, wiper and sprayer are currently not working but the defrost is. At one point everything started working fine, without me doing anything, and then stopped again. I have no electrical skills but I would think this would rule out the fuses correct? If everything stopped and started working on it's own could it just be a bad ground?
It's likely the wiring harness itself. Usually, opening and/or closing the rear hatch can bring it back to life, if only for a minute.
That's definitely what happened. I figured it could bring one thing back, but I thought it was odd that everything came back at the same time. I'll use the wiring diagram in this post to track down the correct wires and see if I can't fix them. Running a new loom doesn't seem so bad either. The car is a winter beater but it's been an amazing vehicle and I want to keep it around for as long as I can.
The rear lock and wiper not working can be explained by broken wires going to the rear hatch; however, that doesn't apply to the rear window washer. The pump for that is in the front, in the same reservoir as the front washer pump motor. There's no wires involved with the rear washer pump that go to the rear hatch. However, if neither the rear wiper nor the washer work, then there might be a blown common fuse, and that might have been caused by the wire supplying power to the rear wiper motor shorting to ground. It's fuse #23, shown on page 12-7 of the Owners Manual.. . . The rear lock, wiper and sprayer are currently not working but the defrost is. . .