[T3] Wipers...

J. Jonik j_jonik at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 12 16:48:45 PST 2016

Well....it was't the wiper motor or switch but just the wiring...at the fuse box where rain drops have been coming in for who knows how long.  Un hooked battery, managed to get the connectors off for Fuse 11 (wiper fuse), put them back on, and ...voila!...wipers worked.   I expected the worst.

Over the years I think I've "fixed" more problems  JUST by tidying up and snugging up connections, plugs, grounds and the like.   Even us "volks" can do that.

On 11 Nov 2016 at 23:14, J. Jonik wrote:

> '71 Sqbk.
> Wipers don't work.  A week ago, in rain, they stalled in mid-stroke
> for a moment, then worked fine. 
You've used a test light to check that there was voltage at the fuse, 
but was this with the wiper switch ON? If there is still voltage with 
the wiper switch on, then the wiper isn't drawing any current, which 
means that the problem is in the wiper switch, the wiring, or the 
wiper motor. Be careful with the switch; they tend to come apart and 
this might be your problem.

Be extremely careful when working on the wiper motor. It can come to 
life unexpectedly and take off a finger if it still has power, and it 
still has power even with the wiper switch off. That's how it "parks" 
itself when you turn the switch off.

No, you should not try to force the wiper arms back down. That'll 
just break something.

If the switch and wiring are good, then the problem is most likely 
the motor brushes. If they are worn out, it's also likely that the 
wiper shafts are seized, or nearly seized, in their bushings. After 
all these years they really need to be taken apart and regreased.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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