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#1 soulman123

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:10 PM

Whilst enjoying (not really) a drive in the rain as I parked I accidentally flicked the quick wipe which juddered and stooped 1/4 way on the screen if I use it again does the same till eventually its back in the home/park position. If I'm sad enough I can start it all again.

Interestingly it works fine when used normally no juddering or stopping randomly at all which chucks my theory of a wiper linkage fault ?

Do you think my wipers have had enough of being used on quick wipe or a non focus physcological fault ?

..forgot to add on wash wipe its fine aswell.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:46 PM

I'd get the intermittent relay checked.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:34 PM

How do stoney :)

I'll dig the haynes manual out, guessing this lives behind the glove box.

I guess time to google how.to test a relay hehe.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

To test a relay you apply 12v across the two low voltage pins and should hear the relay click.
If you don't then the relay is shot.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

if the terminals are numbered, 85 and 86 are the trigger or coil.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

Thanks stoney and stef, I will give it a go. I have a 12v supply hiding somewhere.



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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:48 PM

Hi, sounds like they are going into the service position..

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

I had this exact same fault. It was burned contacts in the relay. See this thread, in particular the last entry.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:47 PM

mjt I will have a read of that now.

with the extreme cold I have had no luck getting out there.

The fault is intermittant, my local garage said its common and that the park motor is knackering .. his exact works. He said change the linkage eh wall another quote.

I leave it as it is and check the relay first as the wipers still works as they should. Also ill have a read of the link mjt kindly gave.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

Out of interest is this classed as an MOT fault ?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:02 PM

I had this exact same fault. It was burned contacts in the relay. See this thread, in particular the last entry.


Very interesting read, looks like you've done battle with it.

I bet this is my problem as others have mentioned.

My concern us getting to this relay, is it hiding behind the glove box ?

How to you drop it down/access it ? please say a few screws and it drops in to view lol

Also where did you locate the relay for 5 sounds better than coughing up 24!

thanks again for your post its been very interesting and helpful. *thumbs up*

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

Had this happen to me on my 08 Focus a few times, but always works normally 99% of the time so I don't worry about it.

What triggered it off last time was leaving the wipers on full speed and driving in traffic. They do that thing of stop wiping when I stopped, I then went to creep forward, they started to wipe, I braked and so did they!

It has also happened on the quick wipe setting. To make sure it wipes keep your finger held down on the stalk for the entire wipe.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

Out of interest is this classed as an MOT fault ?


Highly doubtful, at most I believe the inspector checks intermittent, normal speed and fast, add to that, the ability to clean the screen in a number of wipes.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:48 AM

Right I'm back :) dry weather and time off amen.

I've removed the relays and swapped r18 and r19 around as the back wipers parked home fine.

The problem is there's is no change rear parks fine, front doesnt so I gues these means my relays are fine ?

What could the fault be ?

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:16 PM

If swapping the relays didn't produce a result I'd say wiper motor or wiring then.

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