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Will the stock vacuum wiper motor run on air pressure?

 

Has anyone ever tried this?

 

I'm building a topless roadster, but the law will still require working wipers.

 

I thought I'd ask before moving hell and earth to dig mine out of the parts collection and try it.

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I don't think it will work.  The valve that reverses the motor at the end of a stroke ports vacuum to the side of the 'flapper' in the direction of the next movement.  The air pressure on the opposite side moves the flapper.

 

If air pressure were supplied in the same way, it would push in the wrong direction.

 

Maybe one could modify that valve to operate so that it ported pressure to the correct side.

 

JMHO

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1 hour ago, kencombs said:

I don't think it will work.  The valve that reverses the motor at the end of a stroke ports vacuum to the side of the 'flapper' in the direction of the next movement.  The air pressure on the opposite side moves the flapper.

 

If air pressure were supplied in the same way, it would push in the wrong direction.

 

Maybe one could modify that valve to operate so that it ported pressure to the correct side.

 

JMHO

So are you saying the wipers will go in reverse??😏

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1 hour ago, Todd B said:

So are you saying the wipers will go in reverse??😏

Nope, just flop to one side and stay there.  Or not move at all, depends on starting position.

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