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01-12-2013 05:48 PM
sailor Agreed on the "love/hate" nature of this feature, and it seems to have been added to most newer vehicles I've driven. MOST don't do it when turned off from the "on" position instead of the automatic wipe when squirting position, another new 'convenience" feature....

(Yeah, I agree on feeling like a fossil to want simpler controls as well)
01-11-2013 12:37 PM
Gabe2010SE Well, I tried turning on the wipers while they're already wiping from me holding in the wash/wipe button, and (at least in my '10 Focus) the wipers have to be switched to high speed to not get that extra wipe.

Haven't tried it in the Mustang yet ...
01-11-2013 06:18 AM
Gabe2010SE I use washer fluid with Rain-X in it and this extra wipe only bothers me when the car is moving since when moving the extra wipe only serves to get the windshield dirty .... the Rain-X takes care of whatever leftover washer droplets might've been on the windshield ...

I will try the turn-wipers-on-during-third-wipe-then-quickly-shut-wipers-off procedure and see how that works ... thanks guys
01-10-2013 10:14 PM
Originally Posted by swansong View Post
I don't hate it yet, but i rarely use washer fluid. Always make sure windshield has RainX and is mostly clear of snow/ice before driving.

It gave me a chuckle the first time I used it though!
Agree Rain X is wonderful.. And using the washer is really mandatory when on a wet snowy/cold freeway.. Then one cannot avoid having to clean the windscreen while on the move..

I try hard to never run the wipers dry (thus scratching the glass..) so when a truck sprays my windshield, I run the washer right off.

(One of the wonderful features of Rain X is the perfect windscreen ten years later.. No scratches!!
01-10-2013 10:02 PM
swansong I don't hate it yet, but i rarely use washer fluid. Always make sure windshield has RainX and is mostly clear of snow/ice before driving.

It gave me a chuckle the first time I used it though!
01-10-2013 09:51 PM
6SPD_soul I've always hated it. If you're driving the car at speed airflow seems to make it totally unnecessary, it just smears the already dry windshield again. In fact, it makes me use more wiper fluid then otherwise, because I have to take into account the extra wipe and make sure the windshield will stay damp in the meantime just so it doesn't smear. I always mentally say "f you" to the extra wipe.

WTF has happened to me, I'm complaining about windshield wipers and wiper fluid. This is the beginning of the end.
01-10-2013 08:52 PM
SkyPilot I have a love/hate relationship with the "courtesy wipe"
01-10-2013 07:34 PM
Originally Posted by rambleon84 View Post
i like it actually... when ever i clean the windows, there is always some that drip from the top of the window down...over/excess spray. this saves me from having to manually hit the switch.

I must be in the minority
Me too.

I have always done it manually with my GM vehicles, I actually praised Ford's engineers for this feature.
01-10-2013 07:25 PM
Magus2727 must be an option after 2001 because my 01' does not have that feature...
01-10-2013 07:12 PM
Elizabeth I make certain i spray enough fluid to actually clean off the windscreen. So that last flip is great.
I am a vote for the extra wiper flip.

Naturally if you are trying hard to save the penny that extra squirt of washer fluid would cost you... then yeah i can see why it would be annoying that the extra flip smears the grunge you never actually washed off.... being stingy and all.
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