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I noticed today that there is a slight throb in the brake pedal every time the windshield wiper cycles... kinda like a heartbeat. It seems "normal," but I was wondering about it... is it just the drain on the electrical system affecting the ABS?
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I think it's normal. I drive a Honda CR-V and it does the same thing. Kind of annoying if you ask me. Though I didn't realize that in the 8 before. You'd think they would mount the wiper motors so that it isolates any type of vibration or "throbbing" from reaching down to any of the pedals.
Give me a few days to try that out on one of the cars at work before I answer.
Technically, what you describe is impossible - the electrical drain the wipers cause should have NO effect on your hydraulic/vacuum operated brakes! But sometimes weird things happen, which is why I want to try this on a car first. I'll get back to you with the answer.
Just speculating here... Haven't people mentioned that the reason the Mazda Speed J-spec strut tower brace is a 4 point, is because it acts as a "brake stop" bracing the brakes on the firewall? I remember something about the firewall flexing under braking because the firewall is not strong, and we all know our brakes are... So if the firewall was flexing I'd think that any activity (i.e. windshield wiper movement) would be amplified through the brake pedal maybe due to small misalignment after flexing? Just speculating...
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Sorry Megareds, I didn't have time to look at an 8 this week, lots of other things on. DJ freon's theory is probably on the nose though, more likely than not mechanical torque transfer through the firewall. Nothing to worry about methinks.
Sorry for makin promises and not keeping them...