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Windshield Wipers Froze, No Longer Work

Last time I drove, it was pouring out, so my wipers were on. I cleverly forgot to turn them off when I parked, and we got dumped with snow that night. In the AM, I started the car to get the defroster going while I scraped the ice & snow. The second I started the car, the wiper motor did its thing, but the wipers were frozen in place under huge chunks of ice, so they couldn't move. I'm guessing the spindle on the wiper motor was ruined, but I'm hoping not - that there's some simple solution for making them work again that won't require waiting until it stops snowing 3 days from now so I can drive to the shop and get a new wiper motor installed.

I drive a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid. Anyone know if there's any way out of this without a couple hundred dollars in repairs 10 days before Christmas?


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