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My bro is away to sell his Jazz Blue 1.6S MKIV Golf (1998 S Plate with 41k miles) and it has a couple of problems.

1) The wipers are running terribly slow, but now and again they go at normal speed.

2) When locking the car from the inside, the two passenger door knobs pop back up just after going down.

Anyone else encountered these problems?
 

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Could be a loose earth. I had the problem as described in point 1.

The earths are behind the lower part of the dash to the right of the steering wheel.
 

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Cool. Will get it checked. He was going to swap the motor from hs new company golf in to his own to sell it you see.....
 

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Quote: posted by djhorace on 27/01/2005 11:29:08

The wipers are running terribly slow, but now and again they go at normal speed.

You might want to check the bearings on the wiper gear as well. Might be dirty, so might need a little clean and a grease up.
 

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Quote: posted by craigGSI on 27/01/2005 12:26:25

sold as seen mate [:D]

How helpful! and you wonder why all we're getting cheesed off with your immature attitude on this forum. Ever heard of the saying 'if you've got nothing useful to say, say nothing' ?

djh,

The slow wiper problem is very common on the mk4 Golf and derivatives, and it is most likely to be a mechanical problem rather than anything to do with the wiper motor or electrical supply. The usual problem is that the driver's side wiper spindle seizes up due to water getting into the greased housing that supports it.

Luckily it is actually very easy to fix, you will however need to remove the complete wiper motor assembly from behind the plastic scuttle panel at the bottom of the windscreen (see Foxy's cruise control installation guide for some instructions for this procedure - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/dgace/wiring_-_outside.htm).

Once the motor assembly is out, you need to remove a small circlip from the wiper end of the spindle shaft to release it so that you can drop it out of the aluminium housing. CAREFUL at this stage that you don't 'ping' the circlip off (hey Richard, remember that one at the cruise fitting session!!).

Once you've got the shaft out (which may require some force if it is badly rusted!), carefully separate the small o-ring(s) and washer(s) that will be fitted at each end of the shaft and clean them up ready for refitting later. Polish the outside of the shaft to remove any rust - use some fine (400 grit or more) wet'n'dry / silicon carbide paper until you get rid back to a smooth surface. Refit the spindle and washer and o-ring after lubricating liberally with a water resistant grease (I've used a PTFE bike grease before) then refit the circlip and reconnect the operating link to the ball joint on the spindle arm -if that looks a bit dry then put some more grease into the cup before you push it together.

Unfortunately I've seen pretty much the same problem on every Golf/Bora that I've worked on so it's a bit of a timebomb waiting to happen. You'll probably find that the wipers are much smoother as well as quicker afer regreasing, but if you leave it it could seize up completely and then burn out the motor which will be more expensive to put right.

Here's one of the many previous threads on this subject:

http://www.uk-mkivs.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=36378

Good luck with getting it fixed.

Chris
 

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DJ,

Chris is dead on with the wiper problem - doesn't take long to fix, couple of hours taking your time. Very, very common. What I have found useful is to push the shaft partly out, then back in, and remove the top o-ring. The shaft is then a touch easier to remove.

The door pins popping back up - it could be that the switches in the doorlocks that tell the central locking if the doors are closed or not are full of crud. They can be cleaned up, sometimes. There's threads on this kicking about...
 

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Ye had this last week and had new wiper linkage fitted under warranty as the fitter took it in to fix it he put the drivers side window down and fell in door so had a new window reg fitted at same time all done under warranty
 

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hi all

i have just finished fixing this problem and have taken some photos to help others but i cannot seam to post them on these pages as they are over 68kb in size! does anyone know of somewhere else these can be posted before i delete them?!

cheers

baz
 

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Definitely your linkage, really easy straight forward job, even 2 hours is a generous time to it, common sense will see you through
 

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Definitely the wiper spindles, there will be corrosion inside and very dry. Strip down and waterproof grease them.

The "popping up" locks is rarely the external microswitch in the lock area. The lock module connections themselves need resoldering, a real PITA as you have to strip the doors down completely. Did both of my front doors in 2 hours ish.

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CraigGSI

Thanks for the write up.

After 10 years of flawless service, my wipers have basically ground to a halt. I initially thought a voltage problem and started looking at fuses, wiring, etc. They all looked good, and then thought I'd try the net...found your article from 2005. Sounds like this is exactly what I need to do.

Thanks again for taking the time to put "pen to paper" on this subject.

Stay well.

Jude
 
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