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 Post subject: Front wipers parked position
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:31 pm 
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Having a bit of trouble with my front wipers developing a mind of their own recently and traced the issue to the copper electrical contacts inside the plastic housing on the wiper motor.

Appears that water ingress is a fairly common issue (design flaw) and nearly £400 for a new motor as this part is not available separately :shock:

Anyway I've managed to clean the contacts and dry out the housing and it seems to work but I'm struggling to get the wipers to park in the correct place.

I have refitted the arms with the motor in the park position but when turning on the wipers they hit the plastic top cowl when they go to the lowest position.

I've noticed that, when the wipers are switched off, they go to the bottom of the screen and the raise again slightly, it would be ok if they stopped at their bottom position. Perhaps it's knackered and I have to replace the motor but rather not.

Please can anyone tell me what their wipers do when they go to the park position; do they go to the bottom of the screen and then up again slightly, or stay put?

Also, if anyone knows if these copper contacts should be greased I'd be grateful.


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 Post subject: Re: Front wipers parked position
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:24 pm 
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When I bought mine just over a year ago it arrived on trailer and as it came off the wipers simply stopped and it was raining - good old cut potato saved the day but then hunt for a new motor.

I managed to find a second-hand one in good nick and my garage fitted - pretty quickly. Think it was around 100 quid and previous garage coughed up as I said car wasn't roadworthy :)


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 Post subject: Re: Front wipers parked position
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:18 pm 
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Norfolk Jim wrote:
When I bought mine just over a year ago it arrived on trailer and as it came off the wipers simply stopped and it was raining - good old cut potato saved the day but then hunt for a new motor.

I managed to find a second-hand one in good nick and my garage fitted - pretty quickly. Think it was around 100 quid and previous garage coughed up as I said car wasn't roadworthy :)


Thanks for your reply.

From my research it appears that this is a common problem and a plainly ridiculous design fault.

I'm loath to buy a used motor as it may be just as bad as the one I have.

Can you tell me if your wipers, when you turn them off, go to the bottom of their travel and then rise slightly to park or, do they go to the bottom and park straight away?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:47 pm 
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Hi. Did you remove the crank arm off the motor when you removed it?

You will need to remove the crank arm from the motor. Run the wipers then switch off and allow to park. Turn off ignition. Refit crank arm with wiper arms in parked position. You should find motor crank arm and wiper linkage in straight alignment at this point.

Hope this makes sense. Let me know if not and I'll try and clarify.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:03 am 
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Colster wrote:
Hi. Did you remove the crank arm off the motor when you removed it?

You will need to remove the crank arm from the motor. Run the wipers then switch off and allow to park. Turn off ignition. Refit crank arm with wiper arms in parked position. You should find motor crank arm and wiper linkage in straight alignment at this point.

Hope this makes sense. Let me know if not and I'll try and clarify.


Yes I did remove it. I'll give this a try and feed back. Thanks for the info


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:17 am 
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I do not see here that it is a very common fault and not on australian forum and on russian forums. Wiper motors go bad on every make and model.

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johnbuck wrote:
Norfolk Jim wrote:
When I bought mine just over a year ago it arrived on trailer and as it came off the wipers simply stopped and it was raining - good old cut potato saved the day but then hunt for a new motor.

I managed to find a second-hand one in good nick and my garage fitted - pretty quickly. Think it was around 100 quid and previous garage coughed up as I said car wasn't roadworthy :)




I'm loath to buy a used motor as it may be just as bad as the one I have.

Can you tell me if your wipers, when you turn them off, go to the bottom of their travel and then rise slightly to park or, do they go to the bottom and park straight away?


NO mine were fine - parked at bottom and stayed there. The second-hand motor came with 6 months warranty but has been fine (touch wood). You can replace 4 for price of new


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:57 am 
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Ahto42 wrote:
I do not see here that it is a very common fault and not on australian forum and on russian forums. Wiper motors go bad on every make and model.


Thanks for your response.
Yes, I would agree, all electrical motors can go bad although, a wiper motor shouldn't be able to admit water into its electrical components and mix with the grease. I suppose you have a different definition of 'common' to me.
I have found many instances of owners with the same problem on the internet and there is mention of it in a thread on this forum hence my use of the term 'common'.
My local Nissan dealer also knew exactly what I was talking about when I enquired about the price of a new motor, so it isn't a first for them.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:00 am 
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Norfolk Jim wrote:
johnbuck wrote:
Norfolk Jim wrote:
When I bought mine just over a year ago it arrived on trailer and as it came off the wipers simply stopped and it was raining - good old cut potato saved the day but then hunt for a new motor.

I managed to find a second-hand one in good nick and my garage fitted - pretty quickly. Think it was around 100 quid and previous garage coughed up as I said car wasn't roadworthy :)




I'm loath to buy a used motor as it may be just as bad as the one I have.

Can you tell me if your wipers, when you turn them off, go to the bottom of their travel and then rise slightly to park or, do they go to the bottom and park straight away?


NO mine were fine - parked at bottom and stayed there. The second-hand motor came with 6 months warranty but has been fine (touch wood). You can replace 4 for price of new


That's good to know, thanks.


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Ahto42 wrote:
I do not see here that it is a very common fault and not on australian forum and on russian forums. Wiper motors go bad on every make and model.


Yeah first time I've heard of it too.

I guess I'm tempting fate saying that!

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