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#1 DumboBattyhead

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:41 AM

I have a 2010 Fiesta Zetec TDCi with auto wipers fitted as an (unwanted) feature. Even the owner's manual says
QUOTE The autowipers function should not be selected when it is snowing or foggy, or when the roads have been salted UNQUOTE
so slap me round the face with a wet kipper and call me stupid for accepting them in the first place, but IMHO this makes it a downgrade for commuting to work in Buxton. :angry:

Does anyone know if the car can be set to go back to the standard variable intermittent wipe? Is there just a bit I can take off to get the wiper switch so position B selects Intermittent Wipe?

I don't care if the whole auto wipers + auto light option gets 100% disabled as I also have no use for auto-lights.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 11:28 AM

I thought you could disable it by moving the position of the wipers button? doesnt the manual talk about it?

i chose to have this option and yes, i agree, a waste of time really.. although I do like the auto lights bit

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:09 PM

I thought you could disable it by moving the position of the wipers button? doesnt the manual talk about it?

The manual does talk about intermittent wipe & autowipers on page 39 (of my downloaded PDF manual), but wipe lever position B seems to select either intermittent wipe if the option was fitted, or autowipers if the option was fitted.

On my Zetec, wipe lever position B (i.e. 1 up from off) only selects autowipe :(

I'll even pay to get the intermittent wipe feature back if that is what it takes.

I absolutely hate automatic features that seem fine a lot of the time, but don't quite work in all situations. (rant over now :D )

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 03:18 PM

If you don’t wish to use the auto feature then don’t, you can operate them as manual wipers.

With the wiper switch arm in position A, C & D they are the same as manual wipers.

Should you wish to you can adjust the auto sensitivity setting using the scroll wheel on the switch arm.

The manual makes the point about snow / ice because the wipers maybe frozen to the glass and as with any car you should lift the wipers before using them so as not to damage wiper motor/ rip the blades, etc.

As with any auto feature it is there to help make life and driving your car easier- not do the thinking for you, it leaves the decision as and when to use the auto feature to you.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:12 PM

I do take the point about auto features not doing the thinking, and about the auto-wipe sensitivity being adjustable. I bought the car from Ford Direct but because it was not made to order some features were present that I didn't really want. I knew that the auto-lights was an extra switch position that did not remove any other features so that was OK, but I never checked to see if one of the features I used a lot on my last Fiesta (namely the intermittent wipe) was still there. DOH!

Switch positions A, B & C will be used, but I want B = intermittent :(

I actually got to play around with the auto-wipers today on the way home, and to be honest it was amusing when they stayed off for a while then did one wipe when a lorry passed the other way.

However since the manual says not to use auto-wipe in fog or when roads have been salted, I want to plan ahead and if possible get back to the intermittent wipe feature that will always work, even travelling in Winter.

So......Does anyone know if the car can be made to go back to the standard variable intermittent wipe? Is there a bit I can take off or change so the wiper switch 1 click up from off selects Intermittent Wipe?

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 08:37 PM

I actually got to play around with the auto-wipers today on the way home, and to be honest it was amusing when they stayed off for a while then did one wipe when a lorry passed the other way.


I wasn't overly fussed about auto wipers either at first but pleased I can say my car has them. Like you say the best part is when a lorry passes and they do a single wipe - especially when your passengers notice you hadn't touched the wiper stalk and say 'eee did the car just decide to clear the screen itself!?'

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:11 PM

I had Auto wipers on my Vauxhall Astra , and that was a complete nightmare and you could not set variable wipe at all.

Now when i got the Focus Titanium a couple of weeks ago , knowing the wipers were there i though "hmm wonder what they are like on here" TBH they are much better than the Astra as you can set the variable speed and of course keep them off or manually flick down if needed , but i leave them on to do their own thing so i'm happy with them on the focus.

Downside of course as with my First Focus is the quick clear , i soon learnt that it does not clear the full swipe of the wiper's and quickly lost a set of wiper blades on a frosty morning, i have noticed that its still the same 8 years on !

So i will not be selecting Auto wipe during the winter months !

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:27 PM

I've got the same problems with the quickclear and auto wipers - they swipe the iced over screen when the area next to to sensor has melted - in the process wrecking your wiper blades and no doubt the wiper motor. Also, sometimes a ray of light through the trees makes them swipe. Bit odd.

They work perfectly 95% of the time though.

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 04:21 PM

They work perfectly 95% of the time though.

95% is not good enough for me when intermittent wipe (as present on my -07 Fiesta) was exactly what I wanted.

Does anyone know if it is possible to disable or remove the auto wiper function so I can get back to the intermittent wipe function that will also work (according to the user manual) in fog & snow?

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 09:51 AM

95% is not good enough for me when intermittent wipe (as present on my -07 Fiesta) was exactly what I wanted.

Does anyone know if it is possible to disable or remove the auto wiper function so I can get back to the intermittent wipe function that will also work (according to the user manual) in fog & snow?


No, nobody knows who have read the thread or I'm sure you would have had a reply to tell you how.

Maybe you should have kept your old Fiesta if the function means so much to you.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 08:57 PM

No, nobody knows who have read the thread or I'm sure you would have had a reply to tell you how.

Maybe you should have kept your old Fiesta if the function means so much to you.

Maybe I should have not got auto-wipers in my mk7! :-(

I'll survive with auto-wipers, I just hate technology that doesn't do things my way.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:30 AM

My biggest concern with the auto wipers system is the day I forget to make sure the wipers are not iced onto the windscreen one frosty morning. Get into the car, switch on, then the wipers attempts to clear screen but get ripped off the stalks. I am guessing 40 to 50 quid for replacements as they are 'intelligent' wipers ???
Appear to be a bit hit and miss when they work, havent quite sussed it yet. The manual supplied with the car is so out of date.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:08 PM

I usually always remember to turn them from auto to off in the winter time/when its icey cold, when getting out my car - that way they'll not start the next morning when I turn on the engine and start defrosting. Just a good habit I got into.

Other than remembering to do that I'm all for the auto wipers. Then again I'm all for auto anything :D

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:17 PM

The problem i have with auto wipers is that every time i make a corner round the roundabout they decide it's time to wipe. LOL Anyone know where the sensor is located? I'm thinking mirror since i had a screen replaced.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 06:25 PM

The sensor is behind the mirror bracket.
Look for a small square patch on the top of the outer windscreen.

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