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Can't place wipers into service mode.


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#1 OFFLINE   John Meixel

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 09:16 AM

I am trying to place the front windshield wipers into the raised service mode but haven't been successful.  This is so the blades can be replaced and also to keep snow and ice off them when the car is parked during a storm.

 

I believe I am following the instructions correctly.

 

They say to switch on the ignition, does that mean start the car with your foot on the brake on place it in accessory mode?  I've tried both.

 

Then you are to turn the ignition off.  Within three seconds one part of the manual says to pull the wiper control lever towards you and hold it there until the wipers move to the raised position.  Another section says to move them to position A.

 

They do not move for me.

 

What am I doing wrong?

 

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#2 OFFLINE   Tom_NC_1

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:47 AM

I turned the car on in accessory mode (Foot not on brake). Then shut it off. I then immediately pulled the wiper lever down for a couple of seconds. The wipers moved to the maintenance position.

 

Turned the car on and pulled wiper lever down. The wipers returned to the normal storage location.

 

See the attached photo From the Owners Manual(OM) page 295

 

The OM picture is attempting to indicate that Position A is in a downward direction. It could be easy to misinterpret this picture.

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#3 OFFLINE   John Meixel

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:41 PM

Thanks Tom!  I'll try that.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 05:31 PM

I tried it again and got it to work. Thanks!
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Posted 04 January 2014 - 07:47 AM

Thanks a million John for asking the question, and Tom for clarifying.

 

I didn't realize it was possible to "park" the wipers up during a snow storm.

 

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:21 PM

Thanks.  I thought the way the wipers parked themselves was just another annoying aspect of Ford nanny-engineering.  (I was used to being able to pull my old VW Passat's wiper blades out by hand for cleaning and replacement.)

 

It's STILL nanny-engineering.  But less annoying now.



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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:36 PM

I think the Energi's wipers are different because they have placed them below the level of the hood edge I believe so that they won't hurt the aerodynamics. Because of this they blades can't be unfolded as on other cars.
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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:49 AM

I like my blades out of the air stream when not in use!

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 02:55 PM

Older thread that I was glad to find. I just spent entirely too much time finding this info in the manual in the first place, then realizing it doesn't work like the book says, then searching the web for advice.

 

And I already KNEW there was a special procedure, by pure luck, I just couldn't remember the details.

 

So, once again for clarity:

 

The 2014 C-MAX Energi manual is simply wrong. It says to pull the stalk towards you when in fact you need to push it down (towards the floor).

 

Also, this is not even in the Wipers section of the manual, nor is it listed under Wipers in the index. Instead, you have to look under Changing. That is some pi55-poor technical writing right there, Ford.



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Posted 15 March 2015 - 07:48 PM

Cycle the power off and within 3 seconds push the wiper switch down and the wipers will move to service mode.

Just make sure to lower them before you turn the ignition back on.



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Posted 21 March 2015 - 02:27 PM

Cycle the power off and within 3 seconds push the wiper switch down and the wipers will move to service mode.

Just make sure to lower them before you turn the ignition back on.

 

>>>Just make sure to lower them before you turn the ignition back on.>>>    When we going to get snow this winter, I left the wipers up in service position.  When I left in the morning I cleaned the windshield as best I could but there was usually some ice or snow right around the blades that I could not remove and the blades were not free to move.  So I left the wipers up and drove until the defroster softened what was around the blades and then I sent the blades down.  Was I doing something wrong?



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Posted 21 March 2015 - 09:34 PM

No, but I'm sure everyone looked at you like you were crazy :hysterical:



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 03:43 AM

No, but I'm sure everyone looked at you like you were crazy :hysterical:

 

Hah hah!  I doubt anyone even noticed.

 

When it snows around here I can't believe how many people I see driving around for days who have cleared just a peephole on their windshield and left the rest of the glass and the rest of the car covered with snow.  I am waiting to see someone have all the snow on their roof slide forward and onto the front glass when they make a hard stop.

 

My cars are parked outside and before they leave the driveway every bit of snow and ice that can be scraped off the glass and pushed off the rest of the vehicle is removed.

 

I thought driving with the wipers up would be very distracting, but I found it was barely noticeable.  



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Posted 20 May 2018 - 11:50 AM

Shame that Ford technical writers don't know how to illustrate a "down" arrow.  I wonder why didn't they simply say "push the lever down...".

 

Thanks to those of you who can speak UAW gibberish and thereby help us idiots figure out how to put the wipers into maintenance mode.  I'll translate my owner's manual into English to help the next owner of this car with basic maintenance items such as this, just in case he/she is an idiot like me.










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