View Full Version : Other: Windsheild wiper parking

06-25-2015, 06:24 PM
1957 G H
Cumming, Ga

Hi there fellow StudBusters: I have a question about parking the wipers on a 57 gh. Don't have a motor yet but it looks like the parking function must belong the the motor itself. Is that correct??
I am thinking of using a new 1997 Dodge 1500 wiper motor ( fitment looks almost the same as Stude), but I'm not sure how to park the wiper blade other than becoming real good at timing the off switch?
Any help is appreciated as always. Ken

06-25-2015, 06:48 PM
IAM NOT a "StudBuster", but I will attack your questions.
The park function is part of the motor circuit/operation. You can turn the switch off at any point and the wipers will continue to the park position (at the base of the windshield, if the wipers themselves are properly placed on the shafts).
Now, my question - Why not use a Studebaker wiper motor? They very rarely wear out.

06-25-2015, 06:54 PM
In case you have not read about it, I am doing a lot of very complicated upgrades on my 48 Champion, but there are two things I decided were just not worth the effort - self-parking wipers and self cancelling turn signals. I am using a wiper system from a Mazda RX-7, mainly because they seem to be very reliable and I have several. The two speed switch is easy, but the self parking and intermittent operation are controlled in the Mazda by a mysterious little black box that has numerous unrelated things going on, all the warning buzzers, etc, and the internals of this little box are apparently a closely guarded secret! But with the wipers on low speed, I think parking it will be easy.

06-26-2015, 02:59 AM
Not worth the effort? That would be pretty annoying driving a Car that does not work because you refuse to simply install the correct Parts. No "effort" in that at all. I guess if it makes sense to YOU, it is YOUR Car but you will be the ONLY one who feels that way. :rolleyes:

06-26-2015, 10:09 AM
Studygary, I totally agree with you....You are not a "Fellow Studbuster".. As far as the WHY,, This new 97 Dodge wiper motor has been on my shelf since 1998 or 99. Seemed like a good way to use it..

06-26-2015, 10:16 AM
48skyliner thanks for the input. I also agree that timing the "park position" using the switch would not be a big deal. The chances of my STUD being caught in a rain storm will be purely accidental anyway..still I would like for the wipers to move to the park position without undue DRAMA.. Later on,,,ken

06-27-2015, 02:41 PM
I used a momentary switch to park my subaru wiper motor. You can find how in Bob Johnstone's website


06-27-2015, 04:08 PM
5brown1, Thanks for the input,, I will check it out..

stude dude
06-30-2015, 08:16 AM
Parts for the Bosche/Redmond/Autolite 12 volt wiper motors are not rare or expensive, and they are fairly easy to pull apart and service yourself without special tools or electrical experience. I am sure there are many here on the forum who would be glad to walk you through any needed repairs.


06-30-2015, 10:49 AM
The question remains. If the wipers don't park, does the whole motor need to be replaced?

06-30-2015, 03:34 PM
On a 57 Stude wiper motor, there's a park switch internal to the motor gearbox. There are tabs which slide against a cam and can wear off causing the park feature to no longer work. They are replaceable.

One other item on a wiper system is that both the motor and the switch MUST be grounded for the park feature to work. Usually the switch is bolted to the dash facing which is grounded through the underside dash brace. The motor has a ground wire from it to the firewall..

55 56 PREZ 4D
06-30-2015, 05:21 PM
I've never heard of it ?
Hipster saying, maybe ?
Has anyone else heard of it in reference to Studebakers ?
Any name can be made up, but it has to mean something to who it is announce.
I don't know that it is something I want to be called.
CASO. Yeah. OK.
Fellow Stude Owner. Sure.
??? Hey, You drive a Kaiser, Cool. ???
But Studbuster. I....don't think so.
I hope you get an answer to your question.
I'm sure someone on here has swapped wiper motors successfully.