i have a 1977 ford F150 custom....r wipers supposed to goback to the bottom when you turn them off????

Patricia Darling

Asked by Jul 16, 2014 at 09:42 AM about the 1977 Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

am trying to inspect in maryland and there are a few discrepancies...like wiper position
and how many lights should be in the dash

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When the wipers are shot off, you will have to take a screw driver and pry them off from splined shafts which turn them. Once off, line them back up with the bottom of the windshield and press them back on the shafts. Now turn wipers on and see where they stop when you shut them off. They should stop at the bottom of the windshield where you had just reset them. As far as the dash lights go, I couldn't begin to tell you how many are supposed to be in the dash. You will most likely have to pull the instrument cluster face off and inspect inside. Once you find the bulbs, you can pull them out and replace them.


1977 Ford pickup has a park switch, so when you turn off the wipers they return to the park setting, on your Ford that will approximately 1 to 2 inches from the windshields lower weatherstrip seal. If your wiper just stop when you turn off the switch the most common problem is the park switch or switch ground. If the park switch is bad you most likely will have to replace the wiper motor assembly, but you might get lucky and find a switch at a parts store. As for the dash lights, they only had 2 in the whole cluster and they were located on either side of the speedometer, if your hands were small enough you could replace them from up under the dash but it was so tight that you have to remove the cluster assembly from the dash to get to them, they are just plain 194 lamps that plug into the sockets that just twist into place. Be very careful with this operation on this dash unit as the plastics were not UV resistant and will just shatter especially on the IC board contact areas.

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