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wiper position

PostPost by: triumphelan » Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:04 am

I have ask this question before, and got no answer ,which is very unusal for this group,so here we go again .
How can I change the park position of the wipers ,at present they park on the near side and the MOT tester was not happy that all of the drivers side was not swept ?
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PostPost by: theelanman » Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:03 am

since when has that been part of the test for a classic car?....you shouldnt get an emissions test either.!!!....take it to a different MOT station.....or pull your wiper motor and turn it round.....that could lead to drilling extra holes in the glass......er......dunno in that case......what about connecting the motor in reverse....ie + where the - was and visa versa.....
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PostPost by: steveww » Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:35 am

The wipers on my S4 park on the near side and my MOT chap does not have
an issue with this. Changing the parking side is not going to change the
swept area. Go to a different MOT station, one that is more sympathetic
to classic cars.

I have many tales of woe, incompetence and ignorance with MOT stations
and classic cars.

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I have ask this question before, and got no answer ,which is very unusal for this group,so here we go again .
How can I change the park position of the wipers ,at present they park onthe near side and the MOT tester was not happy that all of the drivers side was not swept ?
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PostPost by: G4ILN » Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:53 am

There's an interesting article here:-

http://www.s-v-c.co.uk/SVCWIPERS.HTM

It seems it's possible to change the wiper arc and swept area by changing a
gear in the wiper motor. I suppose it's possible a second hand motor could
have been fitted which has the wrong gear fitted.

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PostPost by: "Sean Murray" » Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:31 am

John,

This has been covered in some detail before, it's in the files, but here goes !

You may just need to remove the wiper arms and rotate them slightly on the spindles to cover more of the driver area; do they presently sweep to the bottom of the screen, and are they parallel to it ?

The wiper park position can be changed by removing the cover of the wiper motor, and rotating the contact position of the brush switch. However, you will now notice that because of the crank of the wiper arm, the blades will now be at an angle instead of parallel to the bottom of the windscreen,so you will have to buy a set of arms cranked in the opposite direction.

As has been suggested, it should be much less trouble to change your vehicle tester.

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I have ask this question before, and got no answer ,which is very unusal for this group,so here we go again .
How can I change the park position of the wipers ,at present they park onthe near side and the MOT tester was not happy that all of the drivers side was not swept ?
Regards John S41969 DHC









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PostPost by: type36lotus » Wed Apr 27, 2005 12:08 pm

Hi John,

There is a "can" like cover on the wiper motor. IIRC it is secured by
3 screws, loosen them and then turn the can until the arms park where
you want them. I ahve no clue as to which way you need to turn the can.
Be aware that the wiper arms may have a bend in them so that they rest
parallel to the widscreen edge. Also I do not belive that the park
position will alter the swept area as they wiper arms will still be
pivoting from the same points. If you should do this anyway, be sure
to remove the wiper arms, attach a piece of wire to the wiper post to
indicate arm position. It can be bad news if the wiper arms attempt to
sweep across the body, the trip over the gasket can be really bad.
Just keep the wire short so it won't come around and scratch the paint.

Mike G
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wrote:
I have ask this question before, and got no answer ,which is very
unusal for this group,so here we go again .

How can I change the park position of the wipers ,at present they
park on the near side and the MOT tester was not happy that all of the

drivers side was not swept ?
Regards John S41969 DHC



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PostPost by: "nebogipfel2004" » Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:30 pm

John,

I agree with Sean's answer!

1. Move the arms so that they sweep lower on the drivers side

2. Change the motor or gear within so that it parks on the opposite side
It would be pretty easy to find a motor which parks to the O/S (late
Midget)

But why bother...........


3. Take it to a sensible MOT tester.

John
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