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Old 05-30-2018, 12:45 PM   #1
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Why do our wiper blades suck so much?

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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What part number from Ford are you using? Ford or Motorcraft? The quality is different.

Try CP9Z-17528-A and CP9Z-17528-B.

I've been using the above since I bought the car new and they last 2-3 years, no drag and no squeaks. I am on my 2nd set now (the car is 5 years and 9 months old).

I live in Montreal so we have big winter and big summer.
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Depends. Wipers MUST have a certain degree of 'floppy' to them or they will not work, they must be able to flex as the windshield curve changes up and down the working pathway there. A solid arm absolutely won't work either, it will have insert segments in it that let the blades flop to fit the glass curve too.
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:00 PM   #4
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Depends. Wipers MUST have a certain degree of 'floppy' to them or they will not work, they must be able to flex as the windshield curve changes up and down the working pathway there. A solid arm absolutely won't work either, it will have insert segments in it that let the blades flop to fit the glass curve too.
You have to know what I mean, though. The Focus is the first car I've had that has those kind of blades. For the Focus it looks like a normal wiper blade that someone took the actual blade part out, then threw out the frame everyone else uses.
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:01 PM   #5
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Depends. Wipers MUST have a certain degree of 'floppy' to them or they will not work, they must be able to flex as the windshield curve changes up and down the working pathway there. A solid arm absolutely won't work either, it will have insert segments in it that let the blades flop to fit the glass curve too.

And yet every other car including my Rav4 have curved windshields and the wipers have the frame and work just fine. With the Focus it's not even an option, You just get the rubber part and that's it.
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What part number from Ford are you using? Ford or Motorcraft? The quality is different.

Try CP9Z-17528-A and CP9Z-17528-B.

I've been using the above since I bought the car new and they last 2-3 years, no drag and no squeaks. I am on my 2nd set now (the car is 5 years and 9 months old).

I live in Montreal so we have big winter and big summer.
When I look it up it says: This does not fit your:
2012 Ford Focus
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When I look it up it says: This does not fit your:
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It'll fit. Trust me.

All MK3 Focus (2012-2018) use the same part numbers for the wipers.
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I had few problems with the factory blades, and I replaced them with the oe ones with no issues as well. My current set of wipers were bought in a pinch from AutoZone, and they are annoying. They drag, squeak, and can really get on my nerves. I’m going back to the Motorcraft ones as soon as possible.


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Old 05-30-2018, 03:26 PM   #9
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I wanted silicone ones like I have for my Rav4 but the ones for the Focus all get terrible reviews.
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I owned a 2012 MK3 Focus with them. Right off I used Rain X liquid on the windows and solved and chatter of OEM wipers.
17,000 mi 3 years no problem.
Bought 2014 ST same wipers, Use Rain X in this car too.
Never a problem 3 and 1/2 years, 29,000 miles happy with original wipers still.
When I use the Rain X, I also carefully wipe the working surface of the blades using Rain X on a napkin, Clean off the dirt!
Still work like new!

Rain X ROCKS!!!!

The one complaint I hear is fogging. The wiper runs and a fog like smear on the glass. I agree that is BAD. The problem occurs because there is grease or oil on the glass UNDER the Rain X.
Solution is way more Rain X and a lot of hard rubbing to remove the greasy film.
Or use something chemical to remove the film before using the Rain X.
Once you got the Rain X direct on the glass, no more fog, ever.
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