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#1 catnapping123

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 01:05 PM

Hi there,
Just bought an 05 plate Focus Estate, just trying to sort out the niggles. Any ideas on this one, when the driver and passenger side electric windows are misty, or very wet, I usually clear them by opening and closing the window however, on this car the windows go up and down and the rubber blades down't touch them, they come back up with the mist/droplets of water completely unmoved - what do I need to do? Replace the rubbers? Can't find anything on google.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 01:13 PM

Clean the glass first with something like autogylm fast glass. If it's really bad you could renew the pollen filter.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 02:27 PM

Clean the glass first with something like autogylm fast glass. If it's really bad you could renew the pollen filter.


dont think yiou understood the question hes saying that the window rubbers dont touch the window on the outside so dont clear the windows the inside rubbers shouldnt touch the window the outside ones should if they dont its likely they need renewed

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 04:54 PM

If the moisture is on the outside you can often clear it by pushing on the glass as you lower and raise it.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 09:03 PM

If the moisture is on the outside you can often clear it by pushing on the glass as you lower and raise it.


if the outside doesnt touch the window its time to replace as they deflect most of the rain away from the inside of the doors with a big gap all that rain just runs into the door and out the drain holes and wont help with moisture build up much if we are talking inside then you need to check for moisture if its bad under the driver and passenger carpet and in the boot especially under the roof lining where it pulls down at the rear leaky washer pipe or even a burst one

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:27 PM

Thank you for this, I was wondering if it was a design thing because even the back ones are the same and I've never seen this before on all the (really) old cars I've driven in the past.
So - is this a garage only thing and any ideas how much? Or even what the things are called when I try to describe them to the parts guy?
Many thanks - Katie

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 10:39 PM

what you need to ask you dealer for is the exterior cantrails thats the technical name for them

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 11:03 PM

I have this problem, I thought it was the rubbers, but the cost of replacing them over just putting up with it, doesn't add up to me! have you managed to get a quote for this at all? I would be interested to see what they charge!

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 09:24 AM

Isn't this just a design fault as opposed to any problem with the side rubbers? None of the side rubbers on my Focus clear the windows and whilst I can see one or two of the side rubbers may be faulty, I doubt all four are.

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 11:09 AM

if the outside doesnt touch the window its time to replace as they deflect most of the rain away from the inside of the doors with a big gap all that rain just runs into the door and out the drain holes

I think that because the door slopes inward at the top when the glass is lowered it tends to pull inwards and when raised it tends to push outwards. So when fully raised it may well be in contact with the rubber but lose contact as soon as it moves.

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 03:00 PM

winding the windows up and down DOESNT clear the moisture on the outside of my 06 plate focus's windows either. or my mates. i think thats just the design

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 12:31 AM

My 59 plate was the same from brand new....... they don't clear the outside of the window like the earlier models did. Pity !

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:07 AM

I recently bought a 55 plate Focus, and the side windows don't clear on that either.

Is this definitely a design problem? Are there any DIY/modifications around to try and remedy this?

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 12:12 PM

I recently bought a 55 plate Focus, and the side windows don't clear on that either.

Is this definitely a design problem? Are there any DIY/modifications around to try and remedy this?


I have got a 56 reg. The rubbers do not clear the side windows either when going up or down. I think it is a design fault or it is meant to be like this for unknown reasons. Its not because other cars do it that all cars should do it.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 01:34 PM

Certainly seems to be a design issue, as mjt said, its the slope of the windows.

You could probably retro fit something like a "squeegee" to the outside door panel, but as to how well that will work or not, I certainly wont bother trying!

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