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Old 04-11-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
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Question Wipers acting bizarre... Controlling themselves?

Heya! I've got a '14 focus SE sedan, got it in January.

With it finally being April Shower season, it's been raining a bit more often.

I've noticed that when I put the wiper switch in the "high" mode, they'll swipe full speed exactly 9 times, and then gradually slow down, and even stop at exactly 30 swipes, and from then they act intermittent, although since the switch isn't in intermittent mode, I have no control over how often they swipe.

The same holds true for when I put the switch in "low" mode, they'll swipe exactly 19 times (no more, and no less) and then again, return to an uncontrollable intermittent mode.

It happens while driving at any speed, and while in my driveway, wet, or dry.

I also have no courtesy swipe (the one extra swipe a few seconds after the initial few swipes) after I use washer fluid, like the other three MK3's I've driven (seen forums for '12's that needed reprogramming but to me, a '14 shouldn't have the same issues... right?) and just chalked it up to maybe being a package feature that I must be missing.

I do not have the auto rain-sensing wipers. It's not like it's a big deal, but it is VERY peculiar to me why they think they have a mind of their own, and certainly very annoying when it's absolutely pouring.

Has anyone else had problems like this? or have any ideas on what on earth it could be?

Thanks in advance!


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Mine seem to do that too, like sometimes they go quicker than other times.
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While your situation may be indicative of a bigger problem, you might want to try applying rain-x or a similar water repellent to your windshield and wipers. The wipers are each controlled individually (whereas in nearly all other cars, they are controlled by one motor and joined by a linkage assembly) so that the wipers are designed to not run into each other and if one is dragging against the windshield, they will both slow down. Otherwise, the fast one would keep popping over or hitting the slow one.
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Oddly enough, last night it was raining on my way home from work and I had them full speed again and they'd swipe full speed 9 times, they'd start to slow down and hesitate for only one swipe, and then back to full speed 9 more times, and the process repeats. Maybe the car just... Knows when it's actually raining vs me spraying it at a carwash? Lol I don't have the "auto" wipers but maybe they're all rain sensing to a degree?
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Heya! I've got a '14 focus SE sedan, got it in January.

With it finally being April Shower season, it's been raining a bit more often.

I've noticed that when I put the wiper switch in the "high" mode, they'll swipe full speed exactly 9 times, and then gradually slow down, and even stop at exactly 30 swipes, and from then they act intermittent, although since the switch isn't in intermittent mode, I have no control over how often they swipe.

The same holds true for when I put the switch in "low" mode, they'll swipe exactly 19 times (no more, and no less) and then again, return to an uncontrollable intermittent mode.

It happens while driving at any speed, and while in my driveway, wet, or dry.

I also have no courtesy swipe (the one extra swipe a few seconds after the initial few swipes) after I use washer fluid, like the other three MK3's I've driven (seen forums for '12's that needed reprogramming but to me, a '14 shouldn't have the same issues... right?) and just chalked it up to maybe being a package feature that I must be missing.

I do not have the auto rain-sensing wipers. It's not like it's a big deal, but it is VERY peculiar to me why they think they have a mind of their own, and certainly very annoying when it's absolutely pouring.

Has anyone else had problems like this? or have any ideas on what on earth it could be?

Thanks in advance!
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Let's not get caught in the rain, so to speak. Have you been to your dealers to have this checked out? Once you have an appointment set up, send me a PM with your VIN, mileage, best daytime phone number, full name, and dealer name/location. I'll see what I can do to assist. :)

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Hi guys,

Let's not get caught in the rain, so to speak. Have you been to your dealers to have this checked out? Once you have an appointment set up, send me a PM with your VIN, mileage, best daytime phone number, full name, and dealer name/location. I'll see what I can do to assist. :)

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I live about 35 minutes from the dealer, is there a way I can go to my regular mechanic to look at it and then if it is actually an issue and not just me(I noticed it during a big snow storm so I'm not sure if the wind was actually holding the wipers back?) I then go to the dealer to get it fixed? I just don't want to drive up there for nothing, you know? Full time student and working full time, sometimes time is actually tight.
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I live about 35 minutes from the dealer, is there a way I can go to my regular mechanic to look at it and then if it is actually an issue and not just me(I noticed it during a big snow storm so I'm not sure if the wind was actually holding the wipers back?) I then go to the dealer to get it fixed? I just don't want to drive up there for nothing, you know? Full time student and working full time, sometimes time is actually tight.
It's your choice, however the dealer will have to do their own diagnosis rather than relying on what the independent mechanic said. Let me know what you decide. :)

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Mine does the same thing 2014 Focus.
Bringing it up for next maintenance cycle at my local dealer.
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I also use Rain X.. And I never run my wipers much.
Usually I only run them when passing a truck (due to the spray off the truck tires) And I pass them fast.. slowing behind until I can go all the way past 18 wheelers all in one fast run.. I would NEVER drive next to an 18 wheeler)

Most of the time I only flip the lever a one time wipe.. sitting at a stoplight. etc.

I bet I have never even RUN my wipers to nine swipes of the glass.. LOL
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I have a '15 Race Red manual SE hatch that is doing the same exact thing. Sunday morning I was driving through a crazy downpour and put the wipers on high. After about 45 seconds they slowed down to normal speed on their own, and after another 45 second they went into intermittent mode, however the switch was still set to high speed. I'd have had to pull over if I hadn't already put rain x in the windshield.
Curiously I'm also having problems with the HVAC vent settings. If I have dashboard and foot selected I get no airflow from the dash vents. I had the car in a couple weeks ago and was told the dash selector was reprogrammed because it did not know where home was, and was told that my wipers were operating normally. They even showed me the very vague description in my owners manual of how intermittent wipers work. For a couple weeks after I got the car back the HVAC vents worked, and my wipers now were working correctly, staying on normal speed and not slowing to intermittent on their own. Last week my vents went wonky again, and the wipers were now acting up again the next time it rained. The car goes back in next week, but I don't think the service guys are understanding what I mean about the wipers slowing down on their own, and I do not have rain sensing wipers. I'll post a follow up after the dealer visit next week.
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