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Old 12-14-2014, 09:23 PM   #1
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Trying to solve windshield wiper not working problem on my 07 Tropical T33/Freightliner chassis. Have tested the circuit breaker/fuse checks out OK. Trying to get to the back of the wiper control switch to check connections. Does anyone know how to get this section of the dash panel removed to access the back of the switch.

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Old 12-14-2014, 09:24 PM   #2
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If the dash is the same as our '04 you can remove the entire panel with the rounded edge that matches the rest of the dash. There will be a handful of screws, plus it is velcro'd to the main dash around most of the perimeter. It is a little scary removing the instrument cluster the first time, as the velcro grips really well.

Our wiper switch was the same piece as in a Chevy P30 chassis Southwind we owned.
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Before you tear out the dash, have you gone in through the generator access panel and checked wiper function at the wiper motor?
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I have my dash apart right now. I used a narrow putty knife to release the velcro. It takes a little wiggling and several passes with the putty knife to get it loose. I also crawled under and cut several tie wraps to create some slack in pieces of the harness.
My wiper motor is accessed thru the generator panel on the nose.
Actually, open the hatch and let more light into the space. Crawl under and sit up and work on it.
You cannot access anything under the dash.
My wiper controls are in the steering wheel.
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Mike must have a Smart Wheel, in which case the trouble shooting steps would be a lot different than a dash mounted switch. I retrofitted a Smart Wheel to my rig and am familiar with the standard arrangement and the Smart Wheel stuff. The SW is an order of magnitude more complex.

If dlajoie has a Smart Wheel, he should probably limit his diagnostic efforts to understanding the wiring at the wiper motor, then jumpering the leads to cause the wiper motor to run. If it runs, the problem is somewhere between the steering wheel switches and the Smart Wheel circuit board. He'll need to be comfortable examining traces and listening/feeling to see if the relays on the board are functional.

Fitting the Smart Wheel was complicated, but man-o-man is it a cool thing to have! The infinitely variable intermittent wiper function and the way you control it should net a decrease in insurance premiums here in the rainy Northwest. It is also pretty cool that the SmartWheel will turn on your lights for you if you use your wipers.
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If you have a smart wheel the wiper is controlled through a controller for the smart wheel. When mine went south it was the clock spring died. The clock spring connects the switch to the controller.
Search smart wheel died on here and there are several posts to guide you.
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I moved the thread to class A motorhome forum on 12-30-14 . Attachment appears on that post with soloution to solve the problem.

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