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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:19   #1
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VW POLO Wiper not working quick Q

Hi, live up north, very snowy, got in my car, wiper on, pushed put not powerful enough, took snow off, put wiper on, nothing moves.

So whats the conclusion? I broke the wiper motor or is it some safety thing where it stop's itself and is there a way to reset it?
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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:22   #2
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Try changing the fuse.

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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:23   #3
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Definitely check it hasn't blown the fuse first. It's possible the strain burnt out the motor but I'd expect the fuse to go before that.


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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:25   #4
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Ah brilliant, so how do I check the fuse? Lol i'm a bit of a numpty when it comes to cars but i'm good at following orders and very logical so any help appreciated.
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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:28   #5
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dont do anything, the car has to be moving for the wiper to work, start the car drive for 10 seconds turn the wipers on

has happened before on my golf, the car needs to be moving for the wipers to move

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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:29   #6
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dont do anything, the car has to be moving for the wiper to work, start the car drive for 10 seconds turn the wipers on

has happened before on my golf, the car needs to be moving for the wipers to move
So what happens when you're in a traffic jam


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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:30   #7
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Ah brilliant, so how do I check the fuse? Lol i'm a bit of a numpty when it comes to cars but i'm good at following orders and very logical so any help appreciated.
How old is it? Will help us tell you where the fusebox is.


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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:31   #8
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I can guarantee you that my Golf doesn't need to be moving for the wipers to work.
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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:32   #9
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dont do anything, the car has to be moving for the wiper to work, start the car drive for 10 seconds turn the wipers on

has happened before on my golf, the car needs to be moving for the wipers to move
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Old 7th Apr 2008, 19:33   #10
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Or any VAG car i've had on hire etc.

You should never clear snow with your wipers, you run the risk of blowing a fuse, burning out the motor or braking the linkage, all for the sake of not getting your hands a little cold.
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Old 7th Apr 2008, 20:12   #11
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On my MK3 Polo (previous car) and MK4 Golf (currrent) the wipers work fine when stationary. However on my sisters MK5 Golf the intermittent speed varies according to the car speed.

On my Polo (and I think on the MK4 - Wiki has pictures of the various versions) the fuse box is under the steering wheel. A screwdriver is needed for the two screws near the top corners of the panel. A description of the fuses is on the indisde of the panel.

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Old 7th Apr 2008, 22:37   #12
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It's this one, don't know what MK it is, tryed car moving - i've actually driven it in the snow bit of a risk lol



BTW I didn't know it would damage the car I just assume it would push the snow out the way lol, lesson learnt.
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Old 8th Apr 2008, 07:16   #13
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Yours is a MK3.
I suggest you try the Polo forums if you need more help.

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Old 8th Apr 2008, 09:18   #14
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the fuse box is down to the right of the steering wheel. Its where the little "shelf" type thing is, just remove the panel and you can get in quite easily.

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Old 8th Apr 2008, 11:19   #15
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A word of warning, we've got a Polo of the same type and have had problem with the rear wiper.
I wouldn't stop going so we took the fuse out until it could be fixed. Changed the wiper motor, (got a second hand one) and no change. Thought the replacement was broken too so got another sent out. Similar problems with that one, although it did something like not work at all and start the front wipers going nuts (not totaly sure).

In the end we had to get a brand new one, it all now works. It seems the circuitry on the motors is quite sensitive and easily fried.

The electrics on the whole have been quite problematic, nothing major (apart from a smoking indicator stalk) but not what you'd hope for from a German car.
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Old 8th Apr 2008, 13:47   #16
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Yours is a MK3.
I suggest you try the Polo forums if you need more help.

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Old 8th Apr 2008, 16:34   #18
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Cheers boys.
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dont do anything, the car has to be moving for the wiper to work, start the car drive for 10 seconds turn the wipers on

has happened before on my golf, the car needs to be moving for the wipers to move
Are you for real? Seriously?

I didnt know you had a Golf. Is it an 08 plate?

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Old 9th Apr 2008, 12:57   #20
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this is a very common problem on the 6N and 6N2, I have had both these models and the 6N one completely stopped working and the 6N2 was acting weird by the time I sold it.

It's a pain in the ass to fix, most people end up just removing the wiper and getting a wiper blank (you get the from gti cult society)
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Old 9th Apr 2008, 14:03   #21
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this is a very common problem on the 6N and 6N2, I have had both these models and the 6N one completely stopped working and the 6N2 was acting weird by the time I sold it.

Polos have always had crappy rear wipers!!!

my old 86C wago's never wanted to budge, and every other owners says the same, I just loved the 2KG weight advantage by binning the rear 'ballast'

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Old 9th Apr 2008, 17:23   #22
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might be the actual spindles does it make any sounds when you try the wiper?

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Are you for real? Seriously?
It's a special VW thing, the wipers are powered by a bicycle dynamo resting on one of the front wheels.
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It's a special VW thing, the wipers are powered by a bicycle dynamo resting on one of the front wheels.
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It's a special VW thing, the wipers are powered by a bicycle dynamo resting on one of the front wheels.
yea it's the same with the lights and ignition
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