So the Windscreen Wipers on my Focus Focus Mark 1 would not always return to the parked position when either blipping the wiper stalk for one swipe of the screen – or when turning the wipers off.
So a quick Google – and a replacement and brand new wiper relay was purchased from eBay for the princely sum of £22.
So there are a couple of different relays depending whether this is front wiper or rear wiper – and I’m not going to quote the model numbers as your car may be different to mine.
First step is to locate the fusebox – on European cars the glovebox door needs to be unclipped to gain access.
The point of this post is to explain how to replace the wiper relay. Because the genius that designed the fusebox clearly didn’t collaborate with the genius that designed the bulkhead. And removal is a bit more convoluted that pulling the old relay and pushing the new one in. As there is a very big metal plate in the way stopping removal of the relay. Grrrrr.
Anyway it’s fairly straightforward – just follow these steps.
First loosen the two screws holding the fuse box in place. You’ll need a hex screwdriver to loosen them. They don’t need to be totally removed – just to give about 3mm of gap.
Then push the two clips either side of the frame holding the fusebox in place – this will allow the fusebox to be rotated back by a few degrees – allowing the wiper relay to be removed and replaced.
Now test the wipers – if everything works then clip the fusebox back into place and tighten the two screws.
If you have a saloon car like mine, you’ll have just the one relay. If you have an estate or a hatchback you’ll have two relays. I have heard from some owners that swapping the relays one for the other can also fix the issue.
Well done – you’ve just saved yourself calling out an auto-electrician!