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Old 05-30-2018, 05:34 PM   #11
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IMO, the blades are too long. They create too much friction on the windshield glass. Too much rubber contact
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These floppy blades really annoy me. They have no stability and drag on the glass making squeaks the whole time. I found some by Rain-X that said they were compatible with the Focus that have the metal frame on them, so, of course, they don't work. and now I get to send them back to Amazon. What moron came up with the design for these blades? Are all Ford wiper blades this way or just the MK3?
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:04 PM   #12
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IMO, the blades are too long. They create too much friction on the windshield glass. Too much rubber contact
You are so right. I have been trying to figure out a way around this for a while.

It doesn't rain too much where I am, but every time it does I have the issue of smearing rather than wiping away.
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:42 PM   #13
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I have 2012 Ti that I bought new, 6/2012, and I'm still using the wiper blades that came with the car without any problems! Plus I live in MN and the winters can be nasty!

I occasionally wipe them off with a clean rag or an Armor All cleaning wipe.
ALSO, when I go thru a gas station car wash, I run the wipers after the soap cycle to minimize build up on the glass and wipers of the wax/sealant cycles.
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Maybe there is a difference in quality between the Ford and Motorcraft parts... I've gone through 3 sets of Motorcraft wipers in the two years I've had my Focus. The most recent pair is only 2.5 months old and I already have skipping on the bottom-half of the drivers' wiper. Yes, only one part of the wiper is skipping for me.

I have used the Rain-X solution you mix into the water you put in the wiper fluid reservoir to mixed success. It'll keep the blades from skipping, but when there's heavy rain or it's raining for a long time the solution will come off the blades and it'll start skipping. I've filled the wiper reservoir with the pre-mix Rain-X bug remover (orange fluid) today and will see how that goes. Wiping the blades with mineral spirits and cleaning the windshield with Dawn only exacerbated the skipping until the Rain-X was able to recoat everything.
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Maybe there is a difference in quality between the Ford and Motorcraft parts... I've gone through 3 sets of Motorcraft wipers in the two years I've had my Focus. The most recent pair is only 2.5 months old and I already have skipping on the bottom-half of the drivers' wiper. Yes, only one part of the wiper is skipping for me.

I have used the Rain-X solution you mix into the water you put in the wiper fluid reservoir to mixed success. It'll keep the blades from skipping, but when there's heavy rain or it's raining for a long time the solution will come off the blades and it'll start skipping. I've filled the wiper reservoir with the pre-mix Rain-X bug remover (orange fluid) today and will see how that goes. Wiping the blades with mineral spirits and cleaning the windshield with Dawn only exacerbated the skipping until the Rain-X was able to recoat everything.
Thats when you'd apply rain-x directly to the windshield....of course after carefully cleaning it.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:46 AM   #16
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Same issue. Replaced with motorcraft blades at the dealer during my oil change and within 2 weeks they drag and skip. So bad that it will hang up my arms half way up or down. They worked perfect for the first two weeks and I thought great, that solved the issue. Nope. $28 wasted too.
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I have a set that my mother got for me at Costco. They are terrible, but I braved through them for a year.
Getting about time to replace em. Was just going to get them from the dealer (would be Motorcraft, I assume), but after hearing all this I don't know if I wanna do that...

I looked up the Ford CP9Z-17528-A / CP9Z-17528-B blades on Amazon.ca, they are showing unavailable. Anyone know where else they would be available, or know of any other other good wipers to use?

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I have a set that my mother got for me at Costco. They are terrible, but I braved through them for a year.
Getting about time to replace em. Was just going to get them from the dealer (would be Motorcraft, I assume), but after hearing all this I don't know if I wanna do that...

I looked up the Ford CP9Z-17528-A / CP9Z-17528-B blades on Amazon.ca, they are showing unavailable. Anyone know where else they would be available, or know of any other other good wipers to use?
For us Canadians, you hit the dealer at 30$ each or you buy from rockauto.com
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For us Canadians, you hit the dealer at 30$ each or you buy from rockauto.com
Oh, the dealer would have a good Ford-brand ones rather than Motorcraft? I know it seems silly, but I was under the impression they just had the Motorcraft products.
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Oh, the dealer would have a good Ford-brand ones rather than Motorcraft? I know it seems silly, but I was under the impression they just had the Motorcraft products.
They do stock only Motorcraft in Canada.

Go to the part department and says you want to order the part number I/you posted. Make sure when you go pick it up it says that on the package.
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