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Old 10-31-2018, 10:10 AM   #11
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2012 Focus SE. My wife was driving in rush hour traffic in heavy rain and the wipers slowed down and then completely stopped. She was totally blinded but thank god was able to get to the shoulder and call for assistance. Got the car towed and the next day the wipers worked again.

Took it to 2 separate dealers and neither could reproduce the problem or had any idea what the issue could be. Both said we can start replacing parts but we'd be shooting in the dark and you could spend thousands with no guarantee the issue will be fixed. Called Ford Customer Service but they said it's out of warranty so nothing they can do.

Needless to say we cannot drive this car in the rain. I AM SO FED UP WITH FORD and I have no idea what to do other than rid of the thing after only driving it 55k miles.

Anyone else have this happen to them?
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Old 10-31-2018, 12:59 PM   #12
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As far as I know, if the wipers are ran too high for too long, the motor will slow them down and eventually stop because of heat.

It's stupid and a severe safety hazard. There really needs to be a recall for this too. It happened to me once in the middle of a roadtrip hundreds of miles away from home in the middle of a hailstorm.
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OK I know this is going to sound foolish and I don't blame you, Honestly if I were you I would say the exact same thing. But anyway here goes.
1-Disconnect and remove the battery, (battery has to be "perfect") (inspect for corrosion on the negative cable and voltage wire) (clean, repair or replace)
2-The NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE, --> Disconnect from the Strut Tower and sand off the painted area where it is bolted to the strut tower, then apply di-electric grease (only di-electric grease) and reinstall cable and battery.

**This NEGATIVE battery cable connection is common**
The Focus and Fiesta are known for this ground connection being painted and in turn has a poor connection.
Don't look at the battery cable initially and say, Oh it's tight and clean, then ignore it. I am telling you that the connection at the Strut Tower is not a perfect connection.

Anyway just ignore this if you think it's crazy but if you do attempt this procedure then don't be sloppy. Take your time and do it right.
If i may ask, other than improving the ground connection what connection would this procedure have to the wiper issues the original poster is having?
I havent checked my service manual lately but was under the impression the bcm or some other module was responsible for the wiper motors functions.
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If i may ask, other than improving the ground connection what connection would this procedure have to the wiper issues the original poster is having?
I havent checked my service manual lately but was under the impression the bcm or some other module was responsible for the wiper motors functions.


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All wiper motors at least older ones used to have a circuit breaker built into the circuit to protect them to still be able to work by stopping and letting the motors cool off. Then they work again. If the motor is old enough to pull too much amp to drive it then the breaker will trigger too much and trouble. New motor time.

The parking circuit that positions the blades back down at power off can mess up too to stop the motor from working.
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All wiper motors at least older ones used to have a circuit breaker built into the circuit to protect them to still be able to work by stopping and letting the motors cool off. Then they work again. If the motor is old enough to pull too much amp to drive it then the breaker will trigger too much and trouble. New motor time.

The parking circuit that positions the blades back down at power off can mess up too to stop the motor from working.
Interesting and great to know. I will definitely look into this.
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:22 AM   #17
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All wiper motors at least older ones used to have a circuit breaker built into the circuit to protect them to still be able to work by stopping and letting the motors cool off. Then they work again. If the motor is old enough to pull too much amp to drive it then the breaker will trigger too much and trouble. New motor time.

The parking circuit that positions the blades back down at power off can mess up too to stop the motor from working.
I was hoping this would be the case but my experience the other day tells me it's an electrical short due to water.

The wipers had been working fine every time I tested them dry or in light rain. Then I drove it to work and had to park it outside. It just started to rain when I got there. The car sat out in the rain all day and when I got back to it later the wipers were dead and they hadn't been used at all.
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I'd also not run the wipers on a high speed either...IDK why Ford decided to go w/ the opposed wiper system on the mk3's, only thing I can think of is additional wiper coverage of the windshield which adds additional costs, thanx to individual motors for each wiper & a computer to control them so there's no wiper collisions. You can see just by watching them that they're not connected. No a fanboy of those & the small capacity fuel tank= think ST, more boost then eco.....
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There was a wiper motor recall that I had done right after I bought my 2012.

Recall Number
12V149000
Recall Date
04/05/2012
Component
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:SWITCH/WIRING
Summary
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 FOCUS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 1, 2010, THROUGH OCTOBER 18, 2011. A SEAL IN THE WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR TO THE PASSENGER SIDE WIPER MOTOR MAY BE MISSING.

Consequence
WATER OR OTHER CONTAMINANTS MAY ACCUMULATE IN THE CONNECTOR, RESULTING IN AN INTERMITTENT OR INOPERATIVE PASSENGER SIDE WIPER MOTOR, REDUCING VISIBILITY AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

What Owners Should Do
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND AS NECESSARY, CLEAN AND PROPERLY SEAL THE PASSENGER SIDE WIPER MOTOR CONNECTOR. ANY INOPERATIVE WIPER MOTORS WILL BE REPLACED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 21, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.

https://www.thecarconnection.com/new...-wiper-problem


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Old 02-13-2019, 09:57 PM   #20
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Roadbull, did you look into the recall?

It's been raining a lot in NorCal lately, I hope FORD can make it right for you.
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