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Old 10-05-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Possible fix for automatic wipers?

So I've been wondering, with all the parts that the Focus and Escape now share interior-wise... is it possible they share the rain-sensor as well? I know that folks have mentioned the Escape auto-wipers work like they're supposed to, and we all know the Focus certainly doesn't all the time... if it's the same or possibly plug-n-play... might make a difference.

Some quick google searching got me nowhere, so I figured I'd throw the idea up on here.


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Old 10-06-2012, 07:12 AM   #2
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about the only thing i can think of is to either call dealer or look it up online to get part numbers to make sure they are different. hopefully there is a pic to compare. Anything is possible but may have to mod a bit.
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about the only thing i can think of is to either call dealer or look it up online to get part numbers to make sure they are different. hopefully there is a pic to compare. Anything is possible but may have to mod a bit.
Yeah I'll dive into some part number searching when I'm home from work today. A little modding would be worth it to me if the sensor worked well. Mine has gotten a lot better (seemingly) since I got the car, but it could just be my mind playing tricks on me.
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i can't stand the auto wipers as they don't work as I think they should.. perhaps ford things they work well but i don't... i just turn them off.... It''s the first time i've had auto wipers on a car and frankly i won't ever get them again if i can help it... I mean really... im already sitting there and it's no great effort to turn the wipers on manually or give the wiper stalk a quick yank for a one time windscreen swipe....
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i can't stand the auto wipers as they don't work as I think they should.. perhaps ford things they work well but i don't... i just turn them off.... It''s the first time i've had auto wipers on a car and frankly i won't ever get them again if i can help it... I mean really... im already sitting there and it's no great effort to turn the wipers on manually or give the wiper stalk a quick yank for a one time windscreen swipe....
I agree but don't let them dissuade you from ever purchasing another vehicle with them. My previous Mazdaspeed 3 had auto-wipers and boy was it a luxury. I know it's not difficult to do it yourself, but they adjusted perfectly to changing rain conditions, it really was convenient.
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Mine don't work like they're supposed to. I might just disconnect the sensor and go manual, the system fails over so you can choose.
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It's odd, but I haven't had any complaints about the rain sensing wipers on my SEL at all. Where I live it rains eight months out of the year - and goes through pretty much every permutation of precipitation imaginable in the process - and once I got the sensitivity dialed in they have been perfect for me.

According to the service manual, a failed (or disconnected) rain sensor will revert the wipers to standard intermittent wiper operation with the sensitivity control thumbwheel becoming the intermittent delay control. I guess that's always an option.
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It's odd, but I haven't had any complaints about the rain sensing wipers on my SEL at all. Where I live it rains eight months out of the year - and goes through pretty much every permutation of precipitation imaginable in the process - and once I got the sensitivity dialed in they have been perfect for me.
Same here, mine work fine. I thought they were dodgy though before adjusting the sensitivity as needed.
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Wish mine worked right

Ok - this is my first Ford and I was really looking forward to some of the features of the Focus. While the "auto wipers" wasn't necessarily one of them I thought it was a bonus. To date I would rate mine (10 months now) as poor in operation. Mine tend to work ok for a few minutes then stop - after the windshield gets so rain covered I can't see then they'll start again. This is regardless of where I have the sensitivity set. I was much happier with my old intermittent wipers with Rainex (no I have not put any on this car). This random stopping occurs often in a 25 minute drive in the rain. If I could revert to intermittent wipers I would.
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mine also seem to work ok... i guess not the best but, i do notice them coming on right when i start thinking about doing it manually.
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