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Old 02-04-2013, 06:57 AM   #1
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Can rain sensing wipers be turned off?

I hate them. I've had them on other cars and loved them. But they just do not work on my focus. They're spastic and when you need them they shut off!

Is there a way to make them normal wipers again? When I put the selector in the "normal" range they still act as rain sensing. Augh!


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Old 02-04-2013, 07:32 AM   #2
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Really?

When the stalk is all the way down, your rain sensing wipers will stay OFF. One click up on the stalk, activates the rain sensing wipers, any further clicks up on the stalk put your wipers to manual, ie: constant speed, the more clicks up the faster they go - like on every car.

You may also want to adjust the sensitivity of the wipers by turning the wheel/knob at the end of the stalk, that may make your rain sensing wipers work better.
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Really?

When the stalk is all the way down, your rain sensing wipers will stay OFF. One click up on the stalk, activates the rain sensing wipers, any further clicks up on the stalk put your wipers to manual, ie: constant speed, the more clicks up the faster they go - like on every car.

You may also want to adjust the sensitivity of the wipers by turning the wheel/knob at the end of the stalk, that may make your rain sensing wipers work better.
my high and low constant on settings work fine. But at the first click up (the stalk) that puts it into "inter" mode pretty much means it'll be in rain sensing all the time.

From there you have the adjustable dial on the stalk. It doesn't matter what position i put that in, it's in rain sensing. even right in the middle, it'll be working fine and then the wipers will just go down (like i turned them off) until i either turn them off and on again, or adjust the dial again.

it's the most frustrating thing ever.
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so I thought it was supposed to be rain sensing in those 2 upper arrow areas...

but it doesn't seem to matter. they will shut off and act like rain sensing wipers in the range below those arrows as well.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #5
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So basically anywhere I set that dial it acts like rain sensing.
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my high and low constant on settings work fine. But at the first click up (the stalk) that puts it into "inter" mode pretty much means it'll be in rain sensing all the time.

From there you have the adjustable dial on the stalk. It doesn't matter what position i put that in, it's in rain sensing. even right in the middle, it'll be working fine and then the wipers will just go down (like i turned them off) until i either turn them off and on again, or adjust the dial again.

it's the most frustrating thing ever.
I agree. .really annoying, they are... not engineered well at all.. I use rain-x so that at hwy speeds i don't need the wipers.. at other times i just use the 'swipe' whenever i need it....
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I have the feature. but never use it. If it is raining hard enough to have the wiper on.. I turn it on. Otherwise I leave them off.
I too use Rain X and find I hardly ever really need the wipers unless it is pouring. (or to clean off the screen with a wash)
I hate wipers doing there own thing, and have never had a problem with the auto wipers.
I just control the wipers myself.
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I have the feature. but never use it. If it is raining hard enough to have the wiper on.. I turn it on. Otherwise I leave them off.
I too use Rain X and find I hardly ever really need the wipers unless it is pouring. (or to clean off the screen with a wash)
I hate wipers doing there own thing, and have never had a problem with the auto wipers.
I just control the wipers myself.
i know,, right? i agree w/ u... i mean you're sitting right there.. how much effort is it to turn on ur lights, ur wipers, or dim ur mirror by hand? talk about lazy! And people complain how technology in cars is ruining the driving experience distancing the driver from the mechanics of the car......
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I am confused...

The only way to "turn them off" is to push the stalk down to its last position before it goes to the window washer fluid.

One click up from this last position is the rain sensing wipers. Turning the dial adjusts their sensitivity, it does not turn them off - the click of the stalk below this setting like I just described is OFF.

So what you need to do is always keep it OFF and then when you want to use the wipers, you have to move the stalk up at least 2 clicks to bypass the rain sensing wiper selection, and go to the low & high settings.
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Yeah mine are:

High
Low
Rain sense
Off
Mist

Is there a way to change the rain sense to regular intermittent since the rain sense sucks so bad. I can have it at any position in rain sense and they always shut off.
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