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Turbo6 08-15-2012 01:12 PM

Weird wipers
 
The back edge of the F30 hood is so close to the windshield that the wipers can only be lifted a couple inches. Lift further and the wiper arms will contact the back edge of the hood. Do it hard enough, and the paint will get chipped. There is a procedure in the manual to get the wipers to park in the upright position to clean or change the blades. Manual says to turn ignition off, then raise the wiper switch lever to the highest position for several seconds. I have tried this, and succeeded once in about ten tries. I am going to reread the manual, and try again. If I can't figure out how to do this consistently, I won't take the car to any car wash until CA or SA shows me how to do it. I can see the car wash dudes flipping the arms up like they normally do to wipe the bottom of the windshield, and then ooops, sorry. In the interim, I am hand washing the car at home.

I see there is another thread about this. Others have had the same problem making this work.

p.s. - We looked at several CPO E350s. Every one had paint chipped where wiper arms hit the back edge of the hood.

Deinonych 08-15-2012 01:53 PM

I haven't been able to get it to work either. I've followed the directions in the manual as you have, but no dice.

samualcc 08-15-2012 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Turbo6 (Post 7012413)
The back edge of the F30 hood is so close to the windshield that the wipers can only be lifted a couple inches. Lift further and the wiper arms will contact the back edge of the hood. Do it hard enough, and the paint will get chipped. There is a procedure in the manual to get the wipers to park in the upright position to clean or change the blades. Manual says to turn ignition off, then raise the wiper switch lever to the highest position for several seconds. I have tried this, and succeeded once in about ten tries. I am going to reread the manual, and try again. If I can't figure out how to do this consistently, I won't take the car to any car wash until CA or SA shows me how to do it. I can see the car wash dudes flipping the arms up like they normally do to wipe the bottom of the windshield, and then ooops, sorry. In the interim, I am hand washing the car at home.

I see there is another thread about this. Others have had the same problem making this work.

p.s. - We looked at several CPO E350s. Every one had paint chipped where wiper arms hit the back edge of the hood.

Well there is one good thing to come of this, you will wash the car yourself. :) Far more satisfying and much more rewarding.

sr5959 08-15-2012 05:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by samualcc (Post 7012981)
well there is one good thing to come of this, you will wash the car yourself. :) far more satisfying and much more rewarding.

+1

Square&Compass 11-29-2012 07:13 AM

Wiper Blade fold out
 
There are 2 ways to do it. This applies only to the F30.

1. Turn off the engine - press Start/Stop & brake pedal.
Press Start/Stop again - instrument cluster turns off.
Lift wiper blade arm on steering wheel to as high as possible & hold.
Wait 3 seconds, nothing happens.
Wipers start up and will stop at the upright position after a few sweeps.
Release wiper blade arm on steering wheel.

2. Press Start/Stop - instrument cluster turns on.
Press Start/Stop again - instrument cluster turns off.
Lift wiper blade arm on steering wheel to as high as possible & hold.
Wait 3 seconds, nothing happens.
Wipers start up and will stop at the upright position after a few sweeps.
Release wiper blade arm on steering wheel.

Deinonych 11-29-2012 04:02 PM

Finally, an explanation that makes sense. I tried this, and it works. Thanks for posting!

jlukja 11-29-2012 10:57 PM

Does it bother anyone else that a full sweep of the passenger side wiper deposits all the water right in front of the driver, right in the middle of the driver's field of vision? The water sits there until the next sweep of the driver side wiper. This is more bothersome at night when this standing water picks up reflections from headlights. I don't know, maybe its just me.

Deinonych 11-30-2012 09:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jlukja (Post 7222587)
Does it bother anyone else that a full sweep of the passenger side wiper deposits all the water right in front of the driver, right in the middle of the driver's field of vision? The water sits there until the next sweep of the driver side wiper. This is more bothersome at night when this standing water picks up reflections from headlights. I don't know, maybe its just me.

I've never noticed it. Then again, it doesn't rain often where I live. :)


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