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Old 11-19-2004, 12:15 AM   #1
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Wipers Switch won't operate anything.

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Ok, Everything on my car has worked perfectly since I got it 6 months ago. Then two days ago i hosed it off in the morning and went to use my wipers and they didn't work. Not even my rear wiper, not even the washers....anything that the wiper switch arm operates does not work. I think it has to be the switch (hoping).....it rained last week and my wipers worked fine...the only out-of-the-ordinary thing done to my car since using the wipers last is getting a new front windshield. I wasn't home when they replaced it but I'm pretty sure they didn't even touch the wiper switch, they probably didn't even put the keys in the ignition. (They came to my house and replaced it in my driveway, (car never moved). So why all-the-sudden did everything that my wipers switch arm operate...stop operatin? Everyone says "probably a fuse" well front wipers, rear wipers, and the washers all run on different fuses....so all of those burnt out at the same time? and why would they after six months of owning it and NO mods to the thing?? Still under warantee so Ford might have to figure this one out. Plus I want the intermitten switch conversion anyway...maybe this is my reason too.

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Old 11-19-2004, 08:32 PM   #2
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Well I think we know where you're gonna start don't we?? Go ahead and buy the intermittent switch, drop it in, and before you put everything completely back together, try it. If it works, slap it all back together. If not, put the old one back in then take it to the dealer ( and put the new one in when you get it home ). Cuz if the switch works, bingo, there's your problem. If not, it's something deeper and let the dealer cover it under warranty. The only reason for yanking that before taking it to the dealer, some are total douches and might try to say that your "aftermarket modification" caused the problem and void that portion of your waranty. And hey, what can it hurt, those switches cost like a whoppin 30 bucks.
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Old 11-21-2004, 01:08 AM   #3
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Wiper Dilema

All right, I 've found the problem....sorta. The front wiper fuse keeps blowing, and apprently when the front wiper fuse blows, no other wiper function works. Fuses for the rear wiper are fine. I took that front wiper fuse and it was blown, so I put the horn fuse (same 20amp) in it's place till I could go to Autozone to buy some more 20amp fuses. Well it blew that fuse too, so instead of trying/sacrificing a third fuse I will just bring it back to the dealer...why, after 6 months of working perfectly, does my front wiper fuse keep blowing?? p.s. I will buy that int. wiper switch now but won't put it in till the wipers are fixed.

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Old 12-20-2004, 09:56 AM   #4
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similar prob

i went out last night and forgot that the it rained and that it had turned like 4 degrees out side so of coarse its frozen and i turn the wipers on and they move up a little then after 3 seconds they go back down i hope i didn't blow the wiper motor, but does anyone have a suggestion, cause the rear wiper and nothing else for that matter works off the wiper switch

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Old 12-20-2004, 12:18 PM   #5
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I was thinking fuse too.
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Old 12-20-2004, 06:16 PM   #6
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(<--I'm the one that posted up there "switch won't operate anything")Well...I brought my Focus back to the dealer cause it was still under warrantee. They replaced my front wiper motor, now it all works. They said the motor was "bad", who knows if the motor had fried or it was just somethin else and replacing the motor was just an easy way to fix any wiper motor problem...and since it was under warrantee Ford Motor Company paid for it...more labor money the dealership gets....either way...It all works...woohoo. And I waited till AFTER I got it back from the dealer to install the interval wiper switch, since our ZX3s ain't good enough to get one.

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Old 12-20-2004, 08:25 PM   #7
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Well that's good, maybe the bad motor was making that fuse blow out.
Thank god 4 the warranty.
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