Wiper Problem Solved

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Brian Crombie

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<font face="Arial" size="2">Reversing the wires inside the wiper motor cured the problem. Again, I didn't know if the previous owner had done this and since they were parkingso far off, I was looking for other things to check. Now they move <u>almost</u> as fast as John B'sin the video at the Amphicar web site. Thanks John, John and Dave for your input!</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Reversing the wires inside the wiper motor cured the problem. Again, I didn't know if the previous owner had done this and since they were parkingso far off, I was looking for other things to check. Now they move <u>almost</u> as fast as John B'sin the video at the Amphicar web site. Thanks John, John and Dave for your input!</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="4">Brian:</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="4">I have been wanting to remove my wiper motor assembly, but my sausage fingers can't seem to be able to reach the nuts in that recessed housing. Is there some kind of trick to the removal, and is the replacement harder than the removal?</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="4">Ed
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67 Rust Guppy
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<font face="comic sans ms" size="3">A resounding "YES" to both questions, Ed. Having appropriate heredity throughan ancestors'intimate relationship with a pretzelwould certainly be helpful!</font>

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<font face="comic sans ms" size="3">Actually, having done this three times in the past, I found having one of those Craftsman ratchet box end wrenches to be very helpful, although I still found myself laying in the trunk and turning the nuts by feel, as I couldn't orient head and hand into the the proper alignment.</font>
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<font face="comic sans ms" size="3">This is possibly the single part around which the entire Amphicar was built.</font>
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<font face="comic sans ms" size="3">Goodluck --Larry</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="3">Brian:</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="4">I have been wanting to remove my wiper motor assembly, but my sausage fingers can't seem to be able to reach the nuts in that recessed housing. Is there some kind of trick to the removal, and is the replacement harder than the removal?</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="4">Ed
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<font face="Arial" size="2">Ed,</font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">I too have sausage fingers and it wasn't bad. I removed it three times and was getting pretty good at it. I suggest you first remove the trunk lid. It makes it a lot easier to get to. Next, grab a 15mm and a 9mm wrench and I think a 12mm socketfor the linkage bolt and hop inside the trunk.Brace yourselfagainst the gas tank withyour knees and start wrenchin'. I didn't bother unhooking the wires. The repair can be done right on top of the gas tank. This allows you to confirm the counter-clockwise direction when your done switching the wires. Too, as long as it's out, remove the four screws that hold the main plate in place a replace the 30+ year old grease. Don't worry about parts falling out when the plate comes off. The design is really basic with two gears and one small washer on the small gear. Also you should clean the "park" contacts which require removing another small plate to expose them.Use some of that electronic spray cleaner. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Once you do all that, put the main cover plate back on andhit the switchto make sure it goes backwards and the contacts are functioning. Putting it back in, for me went faster than removal. The only trouble I had was putting the linkage back on the drive shaft. Your doing this all by feel and there's not much room for error on that J fitting.</font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">The manual illustration helps some and they don't show the guts of the motor because it's supposedly not a user serviceable part. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">One more thing, initially my motor wouldn't move because the insulated spring holder was broken. The spring holds two swing arms that house the brushes. This is what started my repair.</font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">So Ed, if you can hop inside your trunk andsquat for 10-15 minutes, it's a doable repair! Good luck!</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="4">Brian:</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="4">I have been wanting to remove my wiper motor assembly, but my sausage fingers can't seem to be able to reach the nuts in that recessed housing. Is there some kind of trick to the removal, and is the replacement harder than the removal?</font>
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<font color="#0000ff" size="4">Ed
El Cajon, CA USA
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<font face="Arial" size="2"></font><font face="Arial" size="2">So Ed, if you can hop inside your trunk andsquat for 10-15 minutes, it's a doable repair! Good luck!</font>
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<font color="#008000" size="4">Thanks for the guidance; the wiper motor is the only part I never got off during the strip-to-the bare-hull phase. And I know that if I don't overhaul that teensy motor, then it's surely not going to work when I try it (after getting a lot of other stuff replaced first).</font>
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<font color="#008000" size="4">No problem! I'll just wear my safety harness from my old ham radio antenna-tower climbing days. Then, after that 15-minute job is done, which will actually take three hours, and I am paralyzed in a permanent frog-squat, I can get a friend to lift me out of the trunk bay with my dandy hydraulic engine hoist. After I hang for a couple of minutes, I figure my legs will straighten out, even if I still can't feel them for the rest of the day. I'll post the pictures too!</font>
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