MK2 Gti wipers are slow

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  1. Gazzmondo

    Gazzmondo Paid Member Paid Member

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    I was wondering if anyone has had the same problem as I'm having at the minute?
    My windscreen wipers are very slow.
    Do I just order a new motor to fit the Mk2 or will a motor from a newer model fit (Mk3 or Mk4)?
    Cheers!
     
  2. costel1969

    costel1969 Paid Member Paid Member

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    It might be worth looking at the linkage as well; when I had the Mk1 GTI, that was the problem rather than the motor. Once I cleaned and greased everything up it worked fine.
     
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    Above reply is most likely correct my Corrado had this issue,I pulled out the whole unit to repaint my rusty motor mount and found the linkages really gummed up,all cleaned up and some lube the differance was obvious , worked a treat.
     
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    This is something I should do/check.
    IIRC I swapped my motor for MK4 unit and they were noticeably quicker but not anymore!
     
  5. Gazzmondo

    Gazzmondo Paid Member Paid Member

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    Thanks everyone!
    I'll have a look at the linkage before I do anything else.
     
  6. rubjonny

    rubjonny Administrator Staff Member Admin

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    MK3 and early MK4 are compatible. i.e. the one with the same 5 pin plug as MK2/3. late MK4 has a different plug with only 4 pins, and without that missing pin it wont work properly, you could probably add it back in yourself but may as well just buy the right style in the first place to save the hassle
     
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    Gazzmondo Paid Member Paid Member

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    Greased the linkage etc at the weekend and it's still the same.
    Ordered a Mk4 5 pin as suggested.
     
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    Any idea if mk4 one has more power? The original failed and had one from a mk3, but noticed both were little slow returning when going some speed, like 130km/h on the highway.
     
  9. Gazzmondo

    Gazzmondo Paid Member Paid Member

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    I'll let you know when I replace it next week.
     
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    rubjonny Administrator Staff Member Admin

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    not really no, main thing is they're newer and easier to get 2nd hand. though sying that mk4s are getting on a bit now :lol:
     
  11. Gazzmondo

    Gazzmondo Paid Member Paid Member

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    So I replaced the wiper motor with the Mk4 one and greased the linkage arms.
    Doesn't work any faster. I must have just forgotten how crap they were.
    One thing to note: The mk4 wiper motor has a larger threaded shaft, where the wiper arm attaches to.
    So I needed a larger nut and washer to hold the arm to the motor.

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  12. Zender Z20

    Zender Z20 Paid Member Paid Member

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    Maybe when you say you've lubricated the linkages you've already done this, but if not...

    Did the same as below on my MK2, but the car's now back together and my memory isn't up to saying whether or not it was the same set up to that of a MK1's (pictured below).

    If they are similar, taking the spindles from their sleeves to clean / re-lubricate will potentially help, specially if the old grease has solidified / sticky.

    Lots of little washers / circlips etc. as shown, but straight forward to do.

    That rubber seal pictured in one of the images, be aware it wants to get pulled into the sleeve as you take out the spindle... will likely rip unless you remove it beforehand.

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