by Bob Beranek

My friend and colleague Rod Watson from Carlex Glass America approached me at Auto Glass Week™ 2013 and asked me to use my blog to spread the word about the re-initialization of the wipers on the 2012 Ford Focus, 2013 Ford Escape and the 2013 Ford Fusion. He mentioned the fact that there were some issues regarding the proper alignment and re-installation.

Here are the instructions sent from Watson. These instructions are also available at the website by clicking on the products tab and then looking under technical data.

1. Set the ignition switch to the II position (ignition ON).

2. Cycle the wipers to “low speed or high speed” and then turn the wipers “off.” (This action will position the wiper motor pivot shafts to the correct park position).

3. Leave the ignition switch in the “on” position.

Note: Make sure the wiper is in the “park” position. Also ensure the driver-side wiper pivot arm is always positioned above the passenger-side pivot arm.

4. Align the windshield wiper blades inside the marks on the windshield

5. Torque: 22 lb-ft

Note: This step is only necessary if the windshield wiper arm(s) alignment marks are not available. Make sure the wiper motor is in the “park” position.

6. Next, align the wiper pivot arms per these measurements:

—Driver side 3.74 inches (95 millimeters)

—Passenger side 1.968 inches (50 mm)

These instructions seem rather simple but if there are any questions concerning these instructions, give me a call or e-mail me and I will talk to Watson. My phone number is 800/695-5418 and my email is

Comments (5)

  1. […] TODAY’S BLOG: Front Wiper Arms Replacement for the 2012 Focus, 2013 Escape and 2013 Fusion […]

    • Dave said on 14-07-2014

      This helped me solve my wiper issue on a used car I just purchased. Someone must have had the wiper arms off before and didn’t use these inductions. Thanks for sharing!!!!

    • mark said on 14-09-2017

      Thank you for the instructions as it seemed to worked well. My question is what is the wiper blade measurements you listed of
      ( 6. Next, align the wiper pivot arms per these measurements:)

      —Driver side 3.74 inches (95 millimeters)

      —Passenger side 1.968 inches (50 mm)
      This is the measurement from the blade to the bottom of the windshield? there are no marks on the windshield

  2. Cary Dale Amburgey said on 19-09-2014

    This was such a lifesaver for us. We have been fighting with these since they were invented . Now we know and they are “NO PROBLEM” Also from experience, they wont adjust correctly if you think they are the same and switch sides. LH on the driver side and RH on the passenger. Thank-You Bob Beranek for posting this info.

    Logan Auto Trim & Glass Shop – Logan West Virginia – Cary Dale Amburgey

  3. Kim Learn said on 07-11-2015

    Hey do these instructions apply to the 2013 Ford Focus?? Just had my windsheild replacedand the wipers are not working correctly. They keep hitting each other. Help please.

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