Wiper motor switch swap issues 73 GT vega

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Wiper motor switch swap issues 73 GT vega

Postby gt350fme » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:19 pm

I am trying to use an aftermarket wiper switch but there must be something I am missing, unless I am mistaken there are only 3 wires and all are grounds, 1 ground links the other 2 grounds that go to the wiper motor to complete and ground circuits slow and fast.
Problem is the aftermarket switch will only support the fast mode and the slow mode just won't function.
Is there something in the stock switch that the aftermarket switch does not have like some resister or something?

Painless universal wiper switch is what I'm trying to use, I have a pic of the switch poles on my iPad but it's too big and won't post, I will have to get one onto my pc and post it.
Any ideas would be appreciated

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Re: Wiper motor switch swap issues 73 GT vega

Postby bugdewde » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:12 am

Sorry, I don't have any info for you..... but I'm subscribing to this thread because I have the same issue in my '72 Kammback. I'll swap on a stock switch soon to see if that is the issue. I'm betting it is.
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Re: Wiper motor switch swap issues 73 GT vega

Postby gt350fme » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:16 pm

I have concluded that this universal 2 speed switch will only support one speed because the 1 and 2 switch positions don't combine together at the same time ever, and they need to in one of the positions for slow speed to work, A and AB not A or B.

Unfortunately vender info from my internet searches for a universal 2 speed wiper switch don't specify if any positions link together, so I have some more research to do.
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Re: Wiper motor switch swap issues 73 GT vega

Postby zeke » Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:07 am

GM should have labeled the terminals "run" and "low" instead of "hi" and "low", would have avoided a lot of confusion.

High speed grounds the high terminal only, low speed grounds both.

Off shorts both terminals to achieve low speed park via the internal park switch.
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Re: Wiper motor switch swap issues 73 GT vega

Postby zeke » Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:09 am

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Re: Wiper motor switch swap issues 73 GT vega

Postby gt350fme » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:21 pm

Thank you Zeke for shedding some light on this subject for future reference.

Turns out that wiper motor # 40-140 for the h body was also used in many other GM cars from the mid 60s through mid 70s, and the stock round switch from this time period is a match.
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Re: Wiper motor switch swap issues 73 GT vega

Postby zeke » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:29 pm

NP man. I think it was around 1985 - 86 that GM changed the control to an actual hi/lo setup. (one terminal grounded for either operation). Any switch from the 70's should work.
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