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Re: [T3] Wiper motor

In a message dated 11/23/01 7:01:03 AM Central Standard Time, 
russella@prairieinet.net writes:

<< Subj:     Re: [T3] Wiper motor
 Date:  11/23/01 7:01:03 AM Central Standard Time
 From:  russella@prairieinet.net (Russ Wolfe)
 Reply-to:  russw@classicvw.org
 To:    type3@vwtype3.org
 On Friday 23 November 2001 04:39, Daniel Baum wrote:
 > Hi all,
 > Today I had a Bright Idea. I thought, "Let's turn on the wiper switch and
 > see what happens".
 > So here's what happened. I believe I heard a little "clunk" from the wiper
 > motor, and then a fuse blew. This didn't surprise me. What did surprise me
 > a bit was that next time I tried switching the ignition on, the fuse blew
 > again, even though the wiper switch was turned off.
 > After blowing a few more fuses (I keep a stock of them) I disconnected the
 > wiper motor from the fuse box and all was well again.
 > OK, so what have I done? Is it time to start looking for a new wiper motor?
 > Or is it the switch? How can I tell which one is the problem? There is
 > plenty more wiring to be done in the car, so I cannot discount the
 > possibility that it is the wiring, except that up to now everything was OK
 > even with the wiper motor connected to the fuse box.
 It sounds like the wiper motor started to move and then stalled. When it 
 off the "parked" position, it closed the circuit that returns it to "park". 
 This circuit has power all the time the key is on, until the motor gets back 
 to the park position, even with the wiper switch off.
 Us people that live in the snow belt here in the USA have this problem when 
 the wiper get frozen down to the windshield. I don't think ice is your 
 I would start looking at the linkage going from the motor to the wiper 
 shafts. Something is in a bind, or caught on something.
 BE CAREFUL. I have seen a wiper motor take the end off a persons finger when 
 it came free and started running.
 Russ Wolfe
 '71 Fastback AT
 '66 Fastback MT (IT RUNS)
I had this very thing happen to my Type  34, except the wiper stuck in the up 
position. What happened was that I had just installed a tachometer, and moved 
the clock over one hole to the right. The wiper got stuck on the clock in the 
up position, 
and for the longest time I couldn't figure it out. When I did figure it out, 
the clock was 
burned out and was inoperable.

Don Garies


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