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Reader Question: Wiper Shafts Too Long … Options?

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A reader wrote to me asking for some input regarding some replacement electric windshield wipers.  I couldn’t answer his question and, in fact, I’ll have the same problem once I install my electric wipers.  Here’s what he wrote:

” I just bought the electric wiper conversion kit from Omix-ada, but the instructions are limited to the wiring diagram. As you can see from the picture, the shaft length would seem to cause a problem in a direct exchange. I have thought of cutting down the shafts(inner and outer) but wonder if I’m missing something easier. I have Googled the web to see if any one has discussed the conversion, so far no luck. I wonder if you or any of your readers has used these. Any help or comments would be appreciated. Thanks Phil”

So, if anyone has any ideas, we’d both appreciate it!


8 Comments on “Reader Question: Wiper Shafts Too Long … Options?

  1. deilers

    Thanks christopher. Note that the list is about 15 years old based on the 1995 time stamp of the email. I do know for sure that some of these are no longer in business, while others are in business. It might may an interesting project to update this list …. hmmm.

    – Dave

  2. Mitch

    I cut the shaft…..Be grateful you even got a wiring diagram with yours….. I got the SS ones that don’t have a switch on the motor….They operate off a switched ground so that the park feature works. It took me a few tries and some internet searching to find the proper diagram.

  3. Anonymous

    I have not used them but you may want to try these people.

    Those omix motors are not worth the money in my book and quite a few people do not like them once installed. Also, have been told that they go out quickly. There was also a discussion of some boat wiper motors that work well and are powerful, waterproof, and a little over 100 bucks.Good luck

  4. Philip

    The Cleveland Ignition wiper motors look like high quality units, but it looks like a case of you get what you pay for: 2 omix wiper kits: $106.00 Can. 1 Cleveand Ignition set up around $200.00 Can. Thanks for the imput so far.

  5. Cody Fletcher

    i cut down the shafts on my set its takes patience but i ordered mine off of and they worked peerfect for me.

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