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Poll: Rear Wiper Delete (Removal) Whats Your Thoughts? (19 member(s) have cast votes)

would you remove your rear wiper

  1. No i wouldnt remove rear wiper (15 votes [83.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 83.33%

  2. yes i would remove my rear wiper (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. i didnt realise mycar had a rear wiper until today (3 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

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#1 Lenny

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:29 AM

Hi all,
What's your thoughts on removing the rear wiper arm and motor
Then fitting a blank cap in place to cover the hole
Resulting in a smooth window surface.

The job itself is very cheap and only involves the purchase of a cap for £6.90 inc. P&P

http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649

But does smoothing the rear wiper go along with de-badging the rear of the car?

Also in foggy rain conditions I'd miss the rear wiper to clear the road spray from the window,

What's your thoughts?

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#2 DanGersFord

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:34 AM

Personally like you I'd miss it. Its a functioning part of the car even with my rear Windows blacked out I still use mine :) it does look quite good though

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 01:23 PM

I think it looks pretty sweet! Its something I think I would do, I don't think I would miss it that much....



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 02:17 PM

I'd miss mine for sure.
Definitely down to personal choice.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 02:31 PM

I had a saloon variant Focus for nearly ten years - and believe me, I REALLY missed having a rear wiper/washer combo. (Saloons don't have them)

So much so, I nearly had one fitted!!

I must have spent a small fortune on water-repelling goop over those ten years...

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:11 PM

I would miss mine for sure , back of the car looks naked with out it



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 07:17 PM

I removed mine years ago - the wiper scratched the glass and the dirt/ water tended to stick to the swept part of the glass, leaving the rest clearer!

 

I found i needed to use a lot of screen wash to keep it clean in winter (the more you spray it/ the more it needs sprayed) and if it was just left alone (without spraying it all the time) it was fine  (my dad does this to his windscreen - he uses/ wastes "gallons" of screenwash cleaning his windscreen & scratches his screen to blazes - if he just let a little bit of rain/ dirt on the screen without using the washer/ wipers all the time he would not need to use the fluid/ wipers so much)

 

There is not a lot of weight in the motor wiper (about 1kg) but its just more stuff to go wrong (wiper needs to be changed ocasionally/ i developed a leak in the pipe) that you don't really need

 

i found the tailgate felt lighter and stayed up better, though 

 

When i fit the perspex (will save 20kgs altogether) i wont be able to use wipers on that anyway

 

Cosmetically it (deleting the wiper) gives the rear a, much cleaner look and would suit your car. IMO, Lenny     



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 07:39 PM

I did a quick photoshop to give an idea of how it would look -  
 
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:31 PM

I did a quick photoshop to give an idea of how it would look -  
 
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Nice one foca,
Looks good with the wiper gone makes the car seem wider,
Suppose I could remove it for the summer months,
From reading other members opinions though they used a lot of water repellant fluid when they didn't have a wiper fitted,
I know they meant it in a "glad I now have a wiper" way
But for me using water repelling fluid on a de-wiperd rear window sounds like a good plan,
I'll give it a week or two consideration before purchase though.

Thanks for all the feedback people

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:41 PM

If possible, run with the water repellent gloop and just don't use the wiper for a while - see how effective it is.

Worst case: you keep the wiper and have gloop over your rear screen

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:54 PM

Forgot to say - i redirected the rear windscreen washer to work as an intercooler waterspray - the waterspray cools the intercooler (especially in hot weather) and because im using the existing pump/ resovoir im mot adding any more weight and the water stays cool because the resovior is in the wing and not in the engine bay - its still worked off the same switch but i plan to change that when i get roundtoit :lol:

 

I don't miss miss the rear wiper (im trying to remember how long it has been off - at least 3 years) the back window stays clear in most weather (its the Mondeo, not the Focus, though) - i had to (try to) polish out the scratches the wiper had made - i never used water-repellant fluid     



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:42 AM

I found that the time I missed the rear wiper most was when reverse or parallel parking in the rain: I couldn't see where I was bloomin' well going!!

With a hatchback, where the bottom of the rear screen meets the metal is where the car ends. Simple. But in a saloon (with no parking assist) there was an extra (non-visible) just-under-two-foot of boot space to consider.

I think I only hit a wall ONCE before my spacial awareness kicked in!!

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But yeah, you MIGHT miss the rear wiper when reversing in the rain...

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:55 PM

to be honest mate, if you can remove it, you could easily reinstall it if necessary.

 

As silly as it sounds, for now, just remove the wiper, leave the motor, and give the car a week - see if the appearance (from the inside) grows on you. you may look a little stumpy, but if you do decide to have it back on, its a 2 minute replace, rather than a few hours job...



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 03:17 PM

Thread dig!! (sorry!)

 

I missed this thread when it was active

But for nearly as soon as I got my focus I took the fuse out of the rear wiper. It infuriated me when it would turn on when you put it in reverse, even though you'd maybe had the front wipers on just once for a 2 hour journey!! I messed the screen up too

 

After all this time I've decided to take it off totally and just came across this on google when having a search for what size pug I needed - thanks Lenny for the link!!

 

 

I'll let people know how it goes!!



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:32 PM

Thread dig!! (sorry!)
 
I missed this thread when it was active
But for nearly as soon as I got my focus I took the fuse out of the rear wiper. It infuriated me when it would turn on when you put it in reverse, even though you'd maybe had the front wipers on just once for a 2 hour journey!! I messed the screen up too
 
After all this time I've decided to take it off totally and just came across this on google when having a search for what size pug I needed - thanks Lenny for the link!!
 
 
I'll let people know how it goes!!

You can disable the rear auto wipe feature using the modified elm327 and software

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