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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Jul 20th, 03, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Just put the wipers on, and they move slower than cold syrup. Is there a fuse, or somewhere to look to speed up the wipers? Thanks
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Sounds like you have power. The yellow wire should always have 12 volts on it when the key is on. Check that first but either you have an extremley poor ground to the switch or the motor is tired. Strange usually they either work or don't.

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I would suggest checking the ground as well. The fact that the wipers move at all means you have power. I learned the hard way this weekend. I just put my newly rebuilt motor back in the car and was having trouble getting it started. I replaced my starter (not an easy job with headers and only 2 hands with the car on ramps.........), and still the starter turned really slow. I noticed a spark coming from the negative battery terminal when I turned the key. So, I went and checked the wires, and sure enough there was some of that yucky green corrosion. I just stripped the wires to expose fresh wire, hooked it back up to the battery and the car started right up! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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There is a yellow wire that goes to both the wiper motor and the washer pump.

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Feel around and see if any of your wiper wires are getting hot. If they are, you probably have a loose connection somewhere.

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This is a little off the subject, but isn't your car actually a '72? It looks great in the pics, btw.

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No, it's not a 72, I have the bezels and grille from a 72,they were on the car when I bought it last August. But, I just bought some 71 bezels from a gentleman from TC and will be putting them on as soon as I get them.
Thanks for the compliment, it looks alot better now that I have my ProStars on. The pix I have of the car now are to big to put in the "showroom". But, once I get them smaller, i'll add them. Thanks again
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AutoZone here doesn't but NAPA does. They say they are Robert Shaw Thermo's, but have NAPA on the box. , only $4.99 for a 180 or a 195.
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Thermostats? Ooops, haha. Did you reply to the wrong thread? Anyway, I am curious to know how your wiper situation works out, so be sure and post what you find out. My wiper motor acts funny at times too - when I first turn them on at low speed, they don't always move. Sometimes I have to switch to high speed to get them going and then back down to low. And my washer pump simply does not work at all........

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Got me, yeah I did, lol. Thanks

I haven't tried my washer yet, that's what I was afraid to push.

I'll keep you guys posted as soon as I get out there and mess with it. I'm trying to get this intake, carb, radiator and thermo in, blah blah blah, [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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With all the other items you're talking about installing, I assume that you're running the wipers with just the battery.

They will speed up a bit once the alternator starts putting out.
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Just the battery? Now i'm really confused. I ran the wipers the other day just to make sure they worked. I put on new blades and turned them on. As far as the alternator goes, it's installed and was working when I turned them on.
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Just the battery?
Chad's assuming you are testing or running the wipers with the engine off. Doing that the wiper motor is running on near 12VDC and not the 14.5VDC it gets when the engine is running. The difference causes the wipers and heater blower to run slower.
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Boy you just have to love internet sarcasm...you just gotta.
I'm sorry, Chad knows I wasn't patronizing him, but thanks for the "ribbing" anyway. I needed that today believe it or not. I've been in a bad mood all day. I had to put up 14 bags of cammie netting today...in the rain
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