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Rear Wiper Issue

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by glasgowal, Sep 21, 2010.

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    [Sep 21, 2010]
    Hey! New to the forum :D But Here is my issue...

    The rear wiper on my 04 A3 goes the wrong way. When i bought the car the wiper arm was ruined so went to audi, got new wiper arm. installed. all was working dandy until i used the washers... Now the washer on the rear wiper arm shoot across the arm itself which then washes the back window.

    Not on mine, mine is the wrong way round so it dribbles down the boot... and if i put the arm on the correct way round the wiper arm obv just wipes the wrong way. Any ideas on why this would happen?

    Thanks.

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    [Sep 21, 2010]
    Dont seem like it will show...
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    When my rear wiper is in the park position, the tip is on the driver's side. I took my washer jet off yesterday to clean it out, so can comment on that with some certainty!
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    Yeah i know it its on the other side but if i put it on that way and then use it, the wiper arm swings down over the boot
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    I don't know what work would have been done that would result in the wiper kicking the wrong way from the park position. Any ideas when it started happening with the previous owner? No clues at all as to the cause?
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    [Sep 21, 2010]
    i wonder if the crank on the motor can be put in the wrong way. I cant remember, been a while since had tailgate in bits.
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    Yeah looks like someone has fiddled around with the boot lid... Dunno what's happened tbh
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    [Sep 21, 2010]
    maybe they had to fit new motor as it had failed & have fitted it wrong.
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    I can't quite think at the moment, do our A3s have a full 180 degree sweep, or do they only go to 150 degrees or so? If it's a full 180, then perhaps the power and earth feeds to the motor are the wrong way round. If it's under 180 degrees, then perhaps the motor internals are 180 degrees out and the pick-up disc is causing it to park on the wrong side and then rotate the wrong way? Either way, you need to get at your motor!
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    [Sep 21, 2010]
    I'm sure its a multiplug so it cant be wired the wrong way.
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    just had a look at ELSA, there is no way to fit motor or wire it wrong. Do you the invoice with part numbers on it?

    just another thought, maybe somebody dismantled it and put it back together incorrectly?
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    Tbh i think i'll just source one from a breakers, my mate has already found a couple of A3s breaking and i also need a few more parts!
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    That is what I was inferring Khufu. I would hope that there aren't a couple of insulated spade terminals just pushed on the motor, willy-nilly! :think: Then again, with some DIY-modders, you never know! I thought a cheap pattern part may have been bought, in which the wiring differs to the genuine VAG motor. The thought of that wiper arm sweeping down over the tailgate is going to give me nightmares :(
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    where is the breaker? I'm looking for the plastic tray under the front wipers - broke bit off mine removing it LOL
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    Up in the 'Deen. You in Glasgow mate? Could come up with us if we go, probs heading up Thursday. Jump in with us as I has teh diesel engines if you want.
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    LOL, i've seen it - bent & broken arm that has cut out grooves on the tailgate of cars.

    As you say, spade connector? Surely only on eastern block cars only LOL
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    Ah, lol, thought you meant more local LOL. I'm in Kilwinning & will be at work but thanks.
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    I can't deal with images like this! Serious paint fetish sufferer!
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    How'd you get on? Did you get new motor?
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    Nah they said they didn't have any so didn't bother in the end :( Car is booked into Glasgow Audi this tuesday :) Can't praise them more, they have been really helpfull :)
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    D'oh! they want your money, at about 100 and hour, not surprised they're 'helpful', wait until they can't fix it and offer to sell you a new car!
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    Think i'm popping up there tomorrow to look at wheels again LOL (not that im ever buying they from there) kinda like the newer RS6s at the moment. Last time i was up I decided no to the new TTRS wheels LOL
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    Ooh good find :D Just bought myself a new rear light cluster lol.

    Will probs end up buying that depends on what they say :D Thanks dude.
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    [Sep 24, 2010]
    Its a 15 min job you can do yourself, the hardest part being removing the old arm but as you have just fitted one it wont be seized on.

    AFAIR - wiper arm off, open tail gate, undo torx for the inner handle, pry off the trim (will make horrible cracking noise but dont worry!) unclip multiplug, unclip water pipe, 3 bolts and remove. In classic haynes manual style - installation is opposite of removal LOL
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    Yeah we've already had it out to have a look see :) Thanks tho matey :D I'm a DIY modder

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    Brilliant. Your wiper arm is back-to-front so you fit a new rear diffuser to solve the problem. Much like Joey from friends getting a hernia, then deciding to have laser eye surgery as soon as his health insurance comes through!

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it...but if it IS broke, fix something else! ;)
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    Prorities man :D i have 'em!
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    I like your priorities! Ever thought about being a politician?? Our banks are bankrupt and we're having to make cuts in the NHS and schools.....oh, there's a flood in Asia, let's send MILLIONS of pounds to them, that'll heal our dying economy :)
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    I work for the NHS and it's horrible so i'd do the opposite. I'd let them struggle lol
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    hey, sort what you can 1st, maybe some nice soul will help you with what you havent/cant LOL
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    [Sep 25, 2010]
    Maybe the Pakistani government will take pity on your problems and send an Audi master technician over?
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    I thought the superior build quality was pakistani :)
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    [Sep 25, 2010]
    What you doing about the exhaust? How does it line up?
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    Exhaust is fine, if a bit off centre. I'll be gettin a milltek at some point anyways :) It doesn't rub :)
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    [Sep 26, 2010]
    Since Glasgow Audi are really expensive, know any decent Audi Specialists in the Glasgow area?
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