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Old 06-11-2018, 07:04 AM   #1
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Windshield wiper problem

Our Outlaw MH is titled as a 2007, but has the 2008 front cap with one piece windshield. It is on a Ford F53 chassis. Our windshield wipers quit working after running for an hour or so in the rain. They stopped in the vertical position instead of parking horizontal. The next day they parked when I started the MH. The next time I tried them just to check them out, they worked for a few swipes and stopped. I removed the Wexco D103 motor/gearbox assembly and unplugged the wiring connector so I could connect 12v power direct to the red and green wires that go to the motor. The other wires in the connector go to the back of the gear box. The motor ran fine, so I reinstalled it and checked to see if it would operate with the intermittent switch on the multi-purpose lever that is also for the turn signals. Before hooking the wiper actuating arm to the motor it ran and thus appears that the controls are functioning properly. However, when I hooked the actuating arm to the motor the wipers took a couple of swipes and quit. When I initially disconnected the actuating arm from the motor I didn't note whether the arm was connected below the motor shaft or above it. I connected it below the shaft. I assume that the motor shaft would be in the correct position to park the wipers, so I connected the shaft with the wipers in what I thought would be at least close to the correct parked position.


I've connected and disconnected the motor shaft from the wiper mechanism several times. It appears that the wiper mechanism might be binding up and causing an overload to trip. I've checked on this forum for others with similar problems and haven't found anything helpful. I've also checked to see if replacement wiper mechanisms are available and can't find anything.


I'm attaching some photos to show the type of wiper mechanism that I have. You can see the actuator arm disconnected from the motor shaft in one of the photos. I need to know if the actuator arm is supposed to be connected pointing up from the motor shaft or below pointing down. I also need to know if anyone has solved a similar problem with their wipers and what it took to fix them. Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:37 PM   #2
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I believe I've found my problem. After disconnecting the motor/gearbox from the wiper mechanism the motor works fine and responds to the intermittent operation/slow/fast from the multi-purpose lever on the left side of the steering wheel. In looking for a replacement motor I see that the motor I have is a Wexco D103 with a torque rating of 38nm and its overload has apparently been tripping. A D138 motor has a torque rating of 55nm and the application chart lists that motor for the 2008-2016 Damon Outlaw. The factory apparently installed a cheaper motor with less torque than what was recommended. I've ordered the correct motor and that will likely solve my problem. I would appreciate it if someone with an 2008 or newer Outlaw would check to see if the park position has the arm fastened to the motor shaft pointing down from the shaft or up.
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:20 PM   #3
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I believe I've found my problem. After disconnecting the motor/gearbox from the wiper mechanism the motor works fine and responds to the intermittent operation/slow/fast from the multi-purpose lever on the left side of the steering wheel. In looking for a replacement motor I see that the motor I have is a Wexco D103 with a torque rating of 38nm and its overload has apparently been tripping. A D138 motor has a torque rating of 55nm and the application chart lists that motor for the 2008-2016 Damon Outlaw. The factory apparently installed a cheaper motor with less torque than what was recommended. I've ordered the correct motor and that will likely solve my problem. I would appreciate it if someone with an 2008 or newer Outlaw would check to see if the park position has the arm fastened to the motor shaft pointing down from the shaft or up.
I'll check mine. I have a 2008 outlaw w the workhorse. My wiper motor just started having this problem on our last trip. Overheating and locking in the vertical position. Once cooled it will work a couple swipes then freeze vertically.
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I'll check mine. I have a 2008 outlaw w the workhorse. My wiper motor just started having this problem on our last trip. Overheating and locking in the vertical position. Once cooled it will work a couple swipes then freeze vertically.
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Here are the pics of the wipers in the down position.Attachment 210011Attachment 210012
Now here is the pics of the new d138 motor installed. As for getting your down position realigned, just hook it up, let it cycle a few times and stop. Then adjust the spindle nut and have an assistant hold the arms where you want them to be in the down position while you tighten up. By the way the new motor will have to be turned 180 from the old position, but works like a champ.Click image for larger version

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Now here is the pics of the new d138 motor installed. As for getting your down position realigned, just hook it up, let it cycle a few times and stop. Then adjust the spindle nut and have an assistant hold the arms where you want them to be in the down position while you tighten up. By the way the new motor will have to be turned 180 from the old position, but works like a champ.Attachment 210014
the brake reservoir was in the way to turn my new motor 180 so I had to angle it down and could only get two mounting screws in. It works fine, so I hope two screws are enough.

FYI: On another thread there is apparently a recall notice on the fusing for the wiper motor. It has been fused at 30amps and should only be 15. It is certainly not wired with 30 amp wire and apparently someone had their wiring burn up. I put a 15amp fuse in mine and it is a bugger to get to in the panel to the left of the steering wheel.
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the brake reservoir was in the way to turn my new motor 180 so I had to angle it down and could only get two mounting screws in. It works fine, so I hope two screws are enough.

FYI: On another thread there is apparently a recall notice on the fusing for the wiper motor. It has been fused at 30amps and should only be 15. It is certainly not wired with 30 amp wire and apparently someone had their wiring burn up. I put a 15amp fuse in mine and it is a bugger to get to in the panel to the left of the steering wheel.
Must be the difference between the Ford and workhorse chassis and the room they provide under the hood. The new d138 moves my 32in wipers like nothing. Way better than the old motor, even when new.

I'll take a look at the fuse and wiring. Thanks for the heads up!
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