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2013 - 2016 Ford Escape
ianrowepeng

The front wipersjudder and can jam in an "up" cycle if: (1) the rain is very light, or (2) the wiper is clearing snow. By judder I mean that the blade appears to be pushing rain or snowrather than flopping over and dragging the rain or snow away. The dealer has replaced the blades (Ford) under warranty with no improvement. Under condition (1) the remedy is to turn the window washer on to provide more water. Condition (2) is scarey because the wipers can interfere with each other and jam. Dealer cannot replicate the problem.

Is this problem unique? Reason?
Have others had to replace the blades with Trico or other brand?

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Response from Member1958

3:03 pm December 7, 2016

Response from akent36

3:25 pm December 7, 2016

Have not had this happen with our 2013. Maybe you should consider joining the 2013-2017 Ford Escape Owners Forum on line and post there. It is well moderated and the people are generally helpful.

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Response from kennerg

6:42 pm December 7, 2016

I have not had this happen. I do know that one is not supposed to move the wipers while the vehicle is running.
In other vehicles, I have seen issues with wipers possibly related to snow / ice in that the wipers were left in the 'on' position when turning off the vehicle. Then either a build up of snow or ice freezes the wipers to the windshield. When the vehicle is started, the wiper motor tries to move the wipers and either rips off the blades or strips the splines on the motor shaft. The enormous blades and arms on the Escape / Focus platform, I would believe the latter.
Keep bothering the dealer to check for wear on the spline shaft. This may not be covered as a warranty item as it may, in the dealer's eyes, be considered unusual damage.
You may be able to purchase the arm and replace yourself as long as you can get the old one off...

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