ok. some lessons i've learned:
use mm hex bits for one
i have a 95 and the models between late 93 and 98 put the wiper module behind the glove compartment. there is a whole mess of wires back there and the wires are grouped into different color coded plugs. the plugs plug into "modules" or circuit boards with relays hard wired into them. the wiper module is the one with the blue plug.
i removed this module while the wipers were on full blast to test and make sure this was the wiper module. i poped open the cover to the module and everything looks fine in there. i've read that relays can go bad and burn out and sometimes you can clean them off and they'll work again.
well, when i called the parts store i asked him about weather i should replace this module or if it sounded like i had a problem with the switch. he said its definitely not the switch and probably not the module either.
he recomended that i go through the whole wiper system and clean off the electrical connections with some chemical electrical parts cleaner and then see if that works so i don't end up replacing a part i don't need.
so i'm off to radioshack to see if i can pick up such a chemical and then i'll be on to the happy task of pulling out the wiper module!!!