Am having a problem with the windshield wipers on a 1998 S-10 they work sometimes but will swipe a few times and quit or they just won't work at all?

Sounds like your intermittent wiper circuit has failed. It's a common problem and the replacement part is available for under $30 at any good automotive store (NAPA, AutoZone Etc). Take a torx (think it's a #15) screwdriver and is simple to do.