December 13, 2010, 3:49 pm
I am the proud owner of a Ford Focus Titanium 1.6 Petrol, registered may 2010. During the recent bad weather with the roads being so dirty and salty I have had to use the wash/wipe more frequently to clear salt and dirt deposits off the windscreen. When you press the washer button, you the wipe works automatically and extends the button press by a couple of wipes followed by a short delay then an extra wipe! Why the extra wipe? The extra wipe just re-smears the windscreen leaving it almost as bad as before you washed! I've spoken to a few colleagues who have also recently acquired Fords and also complain about this. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?
December 13, 2010, 5:46 pm
Firstly congrats with the new car and secondly why is that a problem? If anything I think the extra wipe after a few seconds is really helpful and just gets rid of any extra water. It's little things like that and the auto rear wiper when you reverse (wipers on) that make a good car. Anyway do you know if the washer fluid is filled with proper stuff? Because most screenwash mixtures help against smearing. Just try a higher concentration of screenwash vs water OR if that makes it worse then try more water.
December 15, 2010, 9:33 am
I've had the same problem with road salt causing smearing. When the night-time temperature got above zero, I put a litre of clean water in the tank and went mad, washing and wiping, and this seems to have removed it. Until next time. of course. I have also changed the screen wash dilution to the recommended winter 2:1 or 33% mix.