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Old 01-09-2013, 02:27 PM   #11
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While we're talking wipers, I'd posted a week or so ago about wiper slap with the right side blade. What happens is when that blade gets to the top of its stroke, it contacts the window trim up in the very top corner of the windshield and makes a loud noise. Happens 95+% of the time. Annoying! Anyone else here have that issue, or better still had it fixed?
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #12
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Thanks for the heads up. I am having the blades replaced at the next oil change and I'll be sure and ask the service department which part # they use.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:55 PM   #13
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They're two different part numbers because the OEM blades have a slight spoiler built into it. If you use the same blade on both sides, one of the spoilers will be upside down.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:12 PM   #14
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While we're talking wipers, I'd posted a week or so ago about wiper slap with the right side blade. What happens is when that blade gets to the top of its stroke, it contacts the window trim up in the very top corner of the windshield and makes a loud noise. Happens 95+% of the time. Annoying! Anyone else here have that issue, or better still had it fixed?
You'll need to have this fixed at the dealership. Since each side works independently with their own motors, the right side needs to be re-calibrated so it stops sooner (before hitting the a-pillar).
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:37 PM   #15
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They're two different part numbers because the OEM blades have a slight spoiler built into it. If you use the same blade on both sides, one of the spoilers will be upside down.
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The OEM blades are Valeo blades on the Focus (and most Ford vehicles). I picked up a pair of 28" Valeo Gen2 flat blades on Amazon for $16 for a pair and they're working great. Didn't really need to replace the originals, but I chickened out before winter started. Didn't think the originals could make it through 2 winters.
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The wiper arm doesnt quite sit parallel to the windshield at the cowl, it is angled up just.slighty which doesnt put enough pressure on the blade at the connection point on the wipere. So with the oe specific numbers, they are corrected for this. Being as the wiperes, swipe in opposing directions. Just wanted to share my findings. :)

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thanks! great info, I wish the arms were aligned properly so the factory blades didnt have to be 'corrected'. Thanks Ford.
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Factory blades fit correctly, its the other blades that arent focus specific.

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Thanks for that info; assumed they were controlled by just 1 motor and a bunch of mechanical arm bits. Next trip in to the dealer I'll get that looked at.
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Thanks for that info; assumed they were controlled by just 1 motor and a bunch of mechanical arm bits. Next trip in to the dealer I'll get that looked at.
Older cars and other models are this way, but not the 2012+ Ford Focus, or the C-Max for example. They have two individual motors which are calibrated separately for each wiper arm, and they also know enough to detect when they are out of position generally (e.x. if you lift both of them to clear the windshield then set them down backwards the car will cycle the wipers to park them properly and won't leave them the wrong way around).
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