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Trico wiper motor #1316445 Wed Jul 03 2019 11:25 PM
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Matt_Texas Offline OP
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I have a 1950 Chevy 3100. Almost done getting my truck running for the first time.


I wanted yalls opinion on the factory wiper motor.

Is it worth rebuilding?

Does it work pretty good?

Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316447 Wed Jul 03 2019 11:36 PM
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tclederman Offline
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The vacuum wiper works quite well, if it is in good shape.

You can try lubricating it, in the right place/hole.
(here is a link to a photo by Bob Adler).

Or, have Ficken Wiper Service (formerly wiperman.com)


Tim
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Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316450 Wed Jul 03 2019 11:54 PM
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cmayna Offline
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Since I don't drive the truck THAT much in the rain, I use a vacuum wiper and like it.


Craig's '50 Chevy 3100 5 window
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Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316457 Thu Jul 04 2019 01:12 AM
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GeneBrink Offline
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If lubricating does not work it isn't difficult to open, clean the old grease off of everything (probably will be hardened grease), lubricate with new grease and reassemble. Generally will fix and work just fine afterwards. If not then to a rebuilder. Good luck!

Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316459 Thu Jul 04 2019 01:26 AM
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I followed another poster's pictures and got it apart, cleaned it up and put it back together. A quick test and it works pretty good. I'll get it installed soon.

The knob control just simply moves that little arm up and down and that's it?

Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316574 Fri Jul 05 2019 02:01 AM
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52Carl Offline
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Originally Posted by Matt_Texas


The knob control just simply moves that little arm up and down and that's it?


Not exactly. It must do so with enough torque to move the wiper blades across the wet windshield. Someone needs to create a mini-dyno for testing wiper motors.

Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316683 Fri Jul 05 2019 11:13 PM
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What exactly do you lube it with?

Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316703 Sat Jul 06 2019 01:23 AM
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I think I read somewhere, transmission fluid.

Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316708 Sat Jul 06 2019 03:03 AM
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Carl52, I think Matt_Texas was referring to the on/off control knob. And yes the knob does move that lever on the top of the wiper motor. It is connected to the control knob by a small rod and two rubber grommets which hold the rod in place.

I recently sent mine out to Ficken Wiper Repair and now, mine is so strong it wipes without water on the windshield. $135 and it was returned in a week.


Phil

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Re: Trico wiper motor [Re: Matt_Texas] #1316737 Sat Jul 06 2019 01:15 PM
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coilover Online
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If you carefully squeeze a piece of tubing, can't remember if 3/16 or 1/4 and epoxy the opposite end into dowel stock or piece of broom handle you will have a tool to remove the funny screws. Used stainless on my last one and it has held up a good while without rounding out on tight screws.


Evan
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