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#1 muller295

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:21 AM

Last week I finally took my Mini to the Dutch equivalent of the MOT, last time the car had MOT was 2011. The car failed because it still had some points, but nothing major. One of those things was the wipers working badly. The wipers never really worked that great, but they slowly became less and less powerful, until the point they completely stopped on the way home from MOT.

So my question is, what is most likely the reason of wipers slowly dying? Do I need a new wiper motor or is something else more likely?

Thanks in advance!

Sander



#2 nicklouse

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:25 AM

most likely the mechanism needs a clean and lube. so that is the wheel boxes and the tubes and the motor gears.



#3 Bobbins

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:37 AM

What would they usually be lubed with? Oil or a grease?

 

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#4 gazza82

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:58 AM

Thin grease on the wheel boxes and the operating rod.

 

But my bet is the grease in the motor has hardened .. and that will eventually burn out the motor.



#5 andyapanel

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 12:46 PM

Could be the grease, could be new brushes are called for.

Check the wiper wheels move freely.

Good luck



#6 slidehammer

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:13 PM

In the past I have had the wiper spindles gradually seize up where the shaft goes through the body of the wheel boxes. might be worth soaking the spindles in a penetrating oil as a start point to see if that has any affect.



#7 Carlos W

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 08:03 PM

In the past I have had the wiper spindles gradually seize up where the shaft goes through the body of the wheel boxes. might be worth soaking the spindles in a penetrating oil as a start point to see if that has any affect.


I’ve got a set in the garage and I can barely turn the wheels by hand.




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