Intermittent Wiper Setting 91 Avant

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Tue May 20 01:47:13 EDT 2003

At 09:52 PM 05/19/2003 -0600, Steve Sherman wrote:
>Well I have almost got the intermittent setting on the wipers figured
>out.  But seeing as we have several days of wet weather in our forecast,
>I thought I would see if anyone on the list can give me the straight
>scoop on how it really works.
>The Audi owners manual claims the inter function is fixed at a 5 sec
>delay.  This is not true, as most always if I just turn the wipers on
>from the off position, they run in low speed, eg no delay. Also the
>wiper switch arm has a reset switch and a mystery position which is down
>from the off position; both not mentioned in the manual.
>It seems that if turn the wipers to low, then hold the reset switch and
>move the arm to the below off, mystery position for x secs, then move
>the arm to the intermittent position; the wipers will be set to an x sec
>interval.  This is pretty repeatable, and it may just be my missing a
>step on the times that it fails.  Odd thing is that the interval is not
>saved, and needs to set again after you go to the off position.
>Is this how the intermittent is supposed to work?  Seems awful awkward
>do do this little number each time you want intermittent. Especially in
>mist conditions, where you run the wipers for a while, turn them off,
>then run them again.

The "reset" switch is for resetting your miles-per-gallon, average speed
and hours-per-trip displays on the instrument panel.  Should be no
connection with the wiper function.  The "mystery" position you describe
should cause a one-time swipe by the wipers.  Sounds like either the relay
that's supposed to make intermittent swiping is fried or there's something
wrong with the switch.  The first position up from "off" should cause the
intermittent swiping.  If you need to replace the relay, buy one of those
that allows you to have adjustable intermittent swiping.

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