71 Beetle New Wiper & Washer Switches wont fit..

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Dougy Dee
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71 Beetle New Wiper & Washer Switches wont fit..

Post by Dougy Dee » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:18 am

New wiper and washer switches are jamming up in the steering column. These are not the units with individual wires dangling from them. These have two white plastic wire accumulators that snap together to form an arc shaped unit that slides in to the column. They also are supposed to snap in to the switch assembly but CRAP (Chinese Republic Authentic Part) happens.

I used what I felt was extreme force (pushing the assemblies home with all my strength) to get them close enough that the screws would pull them home. I should have quit when wondering whether a hammer would help but I persevered and won. Unfortunately they don't trigger the devices so now I need to remove them. [insert expletive here]

I'll bench test the switches and sand the accumulator plugs to fit. I should have known when the boxes marked Germany all over them also had a small sticker 'Made In China'.

Am I the only one that hates 21st century economic realities?

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Re: 71 Beetle New Wiper & Washer Switches wont fit..

Post by mountainkowboy » Sun Aug 03, 2014 12:06 pm

That's a 72 your working on, the 71 still had a switch on the dash, and yes what is available is garbage. My 71 vert had the wrong blinker switch, which is a 1 year only part. The replacements that are available are not even close to the quality of the original. I found a parts car that appears to have a good OG switch. Theres always the JY runs looking for a good one.
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Re: 71 Beetle New Wiper & Washer Switches wont fit..

Post by Dougy Dee » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:52 pm

You're right. 10/71 build date makes it a '72. Too many of these floating around the shop. 4 at last count.

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Re: 71 Beetle New Wiper & Washer Switches wont fit..

Post by Dougy Dee » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:49 am

After grinding and filing I got the wire accumulator to fit. Ended up clipping off several wires and relocating a few. I hate soldering but I had to solder on several of the wire tabs that fell off. It's working now.
No warranty on these Chinese Republic Authentic Parts. CRAP for short...

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