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How to change the sensitivity of your rain-sensing wipers

Whether you’re driving in a light shower or heavy rain, you can adjust the speed of your wipers to suit the conditions. Find out how to do it.

How to adjust the speed of your windscreen wipers

From a sudden splash to a continuous soaking, water on your windscreen can really affect your visibility and, therefore, your safety. That’s why it’s important to know how to adjust the speed of your wipers (and rain sensing wipers) so you can clear your windscreen quickly and efficiently. 

  •  The wiper controls are on a stalk, next to your steering wheel. 
  • You can operate the controls with your finger. So you don’t have to take your hand off the wheel. 
  • Move the stalk up and down. You’ll feel it click into three different positions. 
  • TOP TIP: Don’t test the wipers on a dry windscreen: it can damage the blades and scratch the glass. 
  • Position 1: In this neutral position, the wipers are ‘off’.
  • Position 2: ‘Bounce’ the stalk down once and the wipers will make a single swipe. This is useful if you get a sudden splash of water on the screen.
  • Position 3: From the ‘off’ position, push the stalk up one notch. It will click and stay in place. 
  • The wipers will wipe intermittently to a set timing. 
  • Position 4: Push the stalk up to the next notch. 
  • The wipers will now swipe continuously.
  • Position 5: Push the stalk up as far as it will go. 
  • The wipers will work at high speed.
  • If you set the wipers to work intermittently, you can change their tempo. 
  • On the wiper stalk, you’ll find a dial. 
  • Turn it up to set a shorter interval between each wipe.
  • Turn it down to set a longer interval between each wipe.  
  • Now for your rear wiper.
  • Pull the stalk towards you. The washer and wiper will work together.

After one wash and wipe, the wiper will pause. It will then wipe one more time to clear the window. That’s how easy it is to adjust the speed of your windscreen wipers. But if there’s anything you’re not sure about, you can always refer to your Owner’s Manual, or simply contact your Ford Dealer.

And if you find this video useful, check out the others in our ‘How to…’ series: it’s designed to help you keep your Ford in top condition and make best use of its many features.