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Old Yesterday, 09:46 AM   #1
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'15 Windshield Wipers

Does anyone know how the speed dependent wipers are supposed to properly operate? The owners manual only says 'when your vehicle speed increases, the wipe interval decreases.' It doesn't say if this is when the wipers are set to intermittent or normal wipe setting.

Here's my issue. When my wipers are set on normal, NOT intermittent, after about 45 seconds my wipers switch to intermittent on their own regardless of if I'm stopped, accelerating, decelerating, or doing 70 on the highway in a good rain. The wipe interval remains constant at about a 2 second interval, and the wipers will not return to normal operation unless I turn them off and back on, then after another 45 seconds they revert to intermittent on their own again.

My service advisor drove two other cars with speed dependent wipers off the lot and told me they both operate like mine, regardless of vehicle speed, and showed me the vague description in my owner's manual and a copy of my window sticker showing I had intermittent/speed wipers.

He told me he thought this was strange as well, and told me that for now I should just turn the wipers off and back on again, and he'll try to dig further into it to see if this is an issue or if for some reason this is how they are meant to operate..


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My best advice would be to turn off the automatic wipers. You can do so by accessing the dash settings menu using the left d-pad: Vehicle>Wipers>Uncheck Auto Wipers.

Your wipers use a sensor on the rearview mirror to detect moisture on the windshield, which is not always going to be accurate, especially if the sensor or the windshield are dirty.

If you wish to continue using the feature, I would suggest cleaning the sensor using a rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth. I would also suggest cleaning your windshield and wipers and using a product like rain-x to keep the surface lubricated. The wipers operate independently of one another and are designed to avoid colliding with one another, if the windshield is dirty one of them might be dragging and moving slower than expected, so the other one will slow down to compensate.
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My car does not have the rain sensing wipers. There is no sensor in the mirror or any settings in the menus. They are the speed dependent wipers.
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I also keep my car clean and waxed, and put on rain x after the first storm where my wipers refused to stay on constant sweep normal operation.
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In a caffeine deficient haze, I happened to look at a 2015 Mustang Owner's manual to find that above information. The 2015 Focus Manual is rather lacking on how to control the wipers, so I would say that you cannot turn the function on or off.

It would seem that feature should be able to be controlled to perhaps look through the dash menus anyway and see if you can control it. Otherwise, my only other suggestion would be to try new wiper blades.
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