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Recently had a new windscreen fitted to an '07 Fiesta with auto wipers and headlights.  Auto wipers no longer work, even in the rain we have just had.  I am suspicious that it is a windscreen problem as all connected correctly behind the mirror, but from the outside, the sensor looks "different".  Auto headlightsdo come on when I cover up the sensor completely.

Any one got any images of the sensor from the outside to compare ?  We also have a Fusion, which has the same sensor, but looks very different from the outside.

 

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2 hours ago, Paulkp said:

Recently had a new windscreen fitted to an '07 Fiesta with auto wipers and headlights.  Auto wipers no longer work, even in the rain we have just had.  I am suspicious that it is a windscreen problem as all connected correctly behind the mirror, but from the outside, the sensor looks "different".

Was it a genuine Ford windscreen or a Chinese copy ? Take the car back to the company that fitted the windscreen and ask them to sort it out.

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The rain sensor needs to be in direct contact with the screen to work effectively.  This is done using a clear gel pad.  If the pad wasn't replaced, wasn't fitted at all, or has been replaced with an air bubble stuck under it, the rain sensor won't work.  If you can post a picture, we may be able to see what's happened.

If it was done by Autoglass, they should come and repair it for free (I had 2 new gel pads and finally a brand new genuine sensor!) but it's easy enough to sort yourself to save the hassle of waiting in etc.

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Unofix :  Chinese out - German in.

Tom : That sounds like it, certainly looking at it from the outside. and comparing it with our Fusion.  I'l try and take some shots, as long as the rain stays away !

Not managed to remove it from the screen yet, no obvious clip to release, but it can't be that difficult!

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Fusion - Definitely look different to my old eyes!

fusionWS.jpg

 

Perhaps I should have cleaned the windscreens!

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Yeah, there's something wrong there.  Either reused an old pad or maybe broke the retaining clip so it doesn't fit tight to the screen.  You said you can't see an obvious clip...maybe they broke it or lost it!  Pic from the back required now haha. :biggrin:

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Update - Had the sensor off, and it looks like the gel had been replaced back to front  - it is assymetric, and will only fit one way.

(It was coated with something greasy, and I was tempted to clean it all off ?)

Replaced and now wipers move when sensor obscured!  I will test it operationally soon (I can hear rain on Conservatory roof!)

Thanks.

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