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It sounds to me that the gear(s) in the motor are partially stripped. When the wipers go up, it hits the place where the teeth are gone. When you pushed it back down manually, it caught a place where the teeth are still present and brought them back down. The only way you can check this is by extracting the motor and pulling the gears apart to check. Any way ...


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What can often happen when wipers meet an obstruction (which could be thick snow getting packed hard) is that the linkage from the motor to the wipers can bend or slip. This is the most likely problem here, although when you forced the wipers down you may have caused further damage or bent the linkages further. I haven't a diagram of the Camry wipers, but ...



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