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Old 05-16-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Why don't more cars have "bus style" wipers like the Focus?

One of the things I really like about my Focus is the windshield wipers, and how they sweep like a bus would. Why don't more cars use this type of system? It seems like it covers a lot more surface area since you have two blades the same length, and you don't get those gaps in the coverage. I just looked at my parking lot at my complex, and no other cars have wipers like that, except an old model Dodge Caravan.


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Old 05-16-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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Civics have it I believe. But on short windshields, it would catche less. Our long windshields kinda need them
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Cost. Our wipers require 2 motors to operate and a computer to move them in the proper configuration. Standard wiper configuration uses one motor, and a linkage to move both arms. Its a simple system that cost less.
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Civic has the opposed wiper blades as well

The Mercedes C230 only has one wiper blade.



The Focus wiper system is more impressive than many people know.

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I'm getting used to mine but I still find them a little distracting. What I really don't like about them is the courtesy "after wipe" they do when using the washer. They just end up smearing the bugs that are left behind.

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I'm getting used to mine but I still find them a little distracting. What I really don't like about them is the courtesy "after wipe" they do when using the washer. They just end up smearing the bugs that are left behind.

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My 2002 ZX5 did that as well. Just apply more washer fluid.
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My 2002 ZX5 did that as well. Just apply more washer fluid.
That doesn't help as it will still almost always end up doing a dry wipe at the end and messing up the previous efforts to clean the glass. Especially if you were moving at freeway speeds.
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I agree about the "courtesy wipe" being a Bad Thing. If my windshield needs an extra swipe, I can do it manually. Otherwise, that extra wipe is almost always a "dry" wipe that leaves marks and reduces the life of the wiper blades.

My 08 Mustang has the same silly courtesy wipe, and it is just as annoying on that car. (Actually, it's worse on the mustang because the wiping pattern leaves a mark on the windshield DIRECTLY in front of the driver's face.)

Ford, thank you for the "courtesy"... However, it'd be even more courteous if you gave us a way to TURN IT OFF.
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