January 17, 2011, 6:35 pm
My rear wiper stopped working the other day so I summoned up the courage to have a look and try to find the problem. To cut a long story short, once I had removed the tailgate liner panel, I was showered with rusty water which was leaking from the motor housing. I removed the motor with the gearbox attached and more rusty water ran down my knuckles. I stripped the assembly down, cleaned out all the rusty water, de-greased the housings in the sink (don't tell the Mrs), re-assembled, re-fitted and I now have a working rear wiper. I'm curious as to how all that water ended up inside the gearbox housing as there was no apparent sign of ingression, I can only guess that it ran down the wiper shaft and didn't run out again.
January 17, 2011, 8:04 pm
hi had exactly the same problem on my focus and carried out the same repair as you. i too came to the same conclusion that the water is running down the shaft, however i didnt do anything to resolve the problem. fixed mine about 3 yr ago an still working sweet as, so if it dies again i will just carry out the same repair. good fix mate!