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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Variable intermittent windshield wipers? Reply with quote

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Can't seem to find any info on this. Is it possible to convert the intermittent wipers to variable intermittent?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes!

http://s-cars.org/postnuke/downloads/pdf/Pro-Wiper_Relay.pdf

http://www.worldimpex.com/item_detail.html?sku=54591
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As loogy posted.
Passats have the relay with a .99 that replaces the .19 relay and it is programmable on the fly. Mine is VW part# 357 955 531. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So its a simple plug and play relay? Then how do you control the timing of the wipers? Do you change out the stock with a Passat or install an aftermarket control dial on the dash?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

plug and play, nothing changed other than relay. Turn the stock wiper lever to intermittent(down) then off for time desired then back on and it sets itself. I use it all the time in light rain or heavy fog.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pull the lever into the intermittent position, and, as the wiper does it's sweep, click back into the stop position, if you want a 3 second gap, then wait 3 seconds, and click back into the intermittent position. Bam, you just programmed a 3 second timing. There ya go.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

syncrodoka wrote:
As loogy posted.
Passats have the relay with a .99 that replaces the .19 relay and it is programmable on the fly. Mine is VW part# 357 955 531. Good luck.


Lots of VWs have this relay, starting sometime in the early Golf era. If you've got a good boneyard nearby you might find a couple in a day of looking.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for the replies! Sounds like it's one of the simplest "mods" one can do to a Vanagon. Can't wait.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Lots of VWs have this relay, starting sometime in the early Golf era. If you've got a good boneyard nearby you might find a couple in a day of looking.

According to loogy's second link the Cabrio used it for 3 years, The Corrado 3 years, Golf and GTI for 4 years, and the passat for 8 years. If I find a passat I always look because they used it for so many years. It is also easier to get to the relays in a passat- just lazy I guess Smile. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just ordered it from Loogy's second link. A bit pricey, but the ability to set my wipers to my liking....priceless. Thanks again Sambanauts
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not pricey really. The cheap online dealer that I like wants almost $50 for a OEM one. That should help you from any buyer's remorse. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very interesting, where is this relay located? fuse box?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

syncrodoka wrote:
According to loogy's second link the Cabrio used it for 3 years, The Corrado 3 years, Golf and GTI for 4 years, and the passat for 8 years.


Keep in mind somebody may have upgraded this part in a VW that isn't on your list, and then junked the car. I've personally put the "99" relay into three Rabbits, two A1 Jettas, a Scirocco, and two Vanagons.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eurovans have this too.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this upgrade good for all model year Vanagons with intermittent wipers?

(bonus from my engine swap: 99 relay from donor Jetta!)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It worked fine in my '90, '91 and both of my '86 vanagons.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like someelse has done all this leg work
http://wiki.seloc.org/a/Wiper_Variable_intermittent
vw/audi old# 357 955 531A,
new vw 1HM 955 531B (yes the B is important) has 99 on top
vw (3B0955531 has 197 on top)
Kaehler(KAE) (3.200.110)
worldpac (W0133-1627097, really KAE part )
APS (25-955 531)
Bosch(0 986 335 058)
Beru(0 900 301 082),
Kostal (377 955 531) is Brazilian with a Motorola chip volvo#
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

euro spec. cars are usually different- be careful.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

syncrodoka wrote:
It worked fine in my '90, '91 and both of my '86 vanagons.


Thanks syncrodoka.

A quick look at Bentley shows '86 and '81 are similar. 53 *seems* different.

Off to the archives I go.
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