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#16 btmaldon

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 07:27 PM

I dont know what the fuss is about. They shouldn't be left on auto all the time anyway. You switch to auto as if you were switching to intermittent and just let them decide what speed is required and switch it off when they are not required.

I do leave the lights on auto all the time though.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 07:55 PM

You switch to auto as if you were switching to intermittent...

...and switch it off when they are not required.



Then theres not much point in having auto wipers really if you're gonna turn them on and off yourself. Might aswell let em do everything

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:00 PM

I agree with btmaldon.

The last thing you want is for the wipers to turn themselves on at a bad time and damage the blades. I always have mine off and just turn to auto when it starts to rain.

I actually find auto wipers a right pia and sometimes wish I had a standard intermittent setting. When its just spitting with rain, even on the highest sensitivity they will never wipe frequently enough for my liking.

I also never use the Auto-lights, the main reason being I have no idea whether I have dipped beam or sidelights on due to the complete lack of dash light to differentiate, so I just use the manual positions.

its a shame really that Ford didnt do what they did with the lights, in offering an extra position instead of replacing intermittent with Auto.

I would prefer to pick whether I want Auto, Off, Inter, Normal or fast, like you can pick from the standard light position as well as auto.

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:45 PM

I agree with btmaldon.

The last thing you want is for the wipers to turn themselves on at a bad time and damage the blades. I always have mine off and just turn to auto when it starts to rain.

I actually find auto wipers a right pia and sometimes wish I had a standard intermittent setting. When its just spitting with rain, even on the highest sensitivity they will never wipe frequently enough for my liking.

I also never use the Auto-lights, the main reason being I have no idea whether I have dipped beam or sidelights on due to the complete lack of dash light to differentiate, so I just use the manual positions.

its a shame really that Ford didnt do what they did with the lights, in offering an extra position instead of replacing intermittent with Auto.

I would prefer to pick whether I want Auto, Off, Inter, Normal or fast, like you can pick from the standard light position as well as auto.


Suppose that would be an improvement but we have to remember the fiesta is just a small compact after all, having features like this in the first place is impressive - although thinking again I suppose it isn't the cheapest of small cars around.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:52 AM

Interesting reading your comments above.
Yes, I tend to agree with some thoughts that treat the 'auto' setting as an intermittent setting and let the 'car' decide. Am I right in saying the sensitivety is adjusted with the wheel on the stick ? (Again, apologies. No manual supplied - does anyone have a link to get a pdf ?) Which is the most sensitive ? With the wheel up or down ?
Thanks for any help.

As for the auto lights, well, the jury is still out on this with me. In a way its best to be over sensistive with the lighting conditions. So many cars are driving around with the lights on during the day, no one takes much notice. (Memories of years gone by when you got an insecent amount of flashing from people who dared to have their lights on outside the lighting up period). Driving in foggy or misty condition, well, God forbid this is hard work, I have to override the feature by turning the switch a notch ! LOL
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:22 AM

Wipers are most sensitive with the white marker on the roller at the top of the stalk. I often find rolling down then backup increases sensitivity if they are not wiping though.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:40 PM

Never mind auto wipers or auto lights, although I've got them on mine & they both work fine for me.

I reckon there are far too many people that need auto indicators as they don't bleedin' use 'em :angry:

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 09:07 AM

I don't know if others have had this issue, but the auto wipers on my s-max are a nightmare - you turn them on with any level of rain and they run a for a couple of sweeps then go to max speed and stay there - even with the finest drizzle!

I've tried adjusting the wheel to the lowest or highest point or places in between but no better.

The blades were replacement Bosch ones from Halfords - is there  a chance they're not long enough to clear over the sensor?



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:06 AM

I don't know if others have had this issue, but the auto wipers on my s-max are a nightmare - you turn them on with any level of rain and they run a for a couple of sweeps then go to max speed and stay there - even with the finest drizzle!

I've tried adjusting the wheel to the lowest or highest point or places in between but no better.

The blades were replacement Bosch ones from Halfords - is there  a chance they're not long enough to clear over the sensor?

 

This should be easy to see , if they sweep across the sensor in the middle , if the sensor has come away from the inside of the screen then , it could be causing faults , people often find this problem if the screen has been replaced and the sensor not refitted properly



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 12:26 PM

I'll have to wait for it to rain again! I think the replacement wipers are 3/4 of an inch too short to sweep over the sensor  - fine for normal use, but no good for auto setting...



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 01:11 PM

On the facelift the auto bits are much better, I never have to fiddle with the wipers and the lights are great; the lights will even come on now if the auto-wipers kick in for more than about 3 wipes which is good, because this was lacking on the prefacelift.



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:48 PM

On my old Mk 7 Titanium with the Auto Lights & Wipers the system used to fail quite a lot. I found out in the end it was the connector in the back of the sensor behind the centre interior mirror. There is a connector behind the large bit of plastic which if you pull out disables all the Auto function and the wipers go back to normal intermittent style of lesser spec'ed Fiestas. However it will chime and show a message every time you start the car after about 5 seconds to tell you that there is an Auto Lights / Wiper Malfunction. The chime can be disabled but the message and the orange 'i' will be lit up. The lights, if you leave them in Auto mode will come on automatically when the engine is started as unplugging the sensor makes the car think its permanently dark!

 

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:30 PM

Update.... As suspected, the Halfords/Bosch wipers are too short - went to Ford and got a pair of wipers for a surprising £17 after taxi driver discount (I'm not a taxi driver, but that's what they offered!) , the driver's one is about an inch longer and sweeps over the sensor - problem solved!



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 01:32 PM

Snap them off.



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