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S-Max 2014 model - QuickClear earth point replacement


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#1 ShaunM

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Posted 03 April 2021 - 12:18 PM

Hi all,

The QuickClear windscreen in my 2014 S-Max 2.0l diesel stopped working one morning after I turned it on, went back in the house for something and came back to find the car's interior filled with white smoke. My Ford dealer said that at some point the windscreen had been replaced and whoever replaced it failed to tighten the earth strap which is above the central sunglass holder to the correct torque. This caused the connection to heat up under load and burn the surrounding trim. He recommended that I get the windscreen replaced at a cost of around £400.

I suspected before this that the windscreen had been replaced because the plastic trim on the driver's side has marks on it where the amateur who did it prised it out with a pair of pliers or similar.

I thought I'd try cleaning the earth strap up and reconnecting it to see whether it would work, but it's too far gone (see pictures attached).

My questions:

1) Is it possible to replace the strap separately to the whole windscreen?
2) If it is possible to replace it, would anyone know the part number?
3) I'd like to remove the sunglass holder to get a better look at the wiring etc. underneath. Does anyone know how to do this?

Many thanks in advance!

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#2 PURPLE_2L_LX

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Posted 03 April 2021 - 04:51 PM

Providing you can get access to trim that wire back to good a good

clean section of wire and fit a new connector you should be good.

 

Access seems really bad from your picture though.

 

You could use a thicker wire to extend it, but thats assuming you

can somehow get it attached in the limited space.

 

 

The wire/conector will be close to 60amps when in use. So use the right wire

when replacing it.


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Posted 04 April 2021 - 08:12 AM

Providing you can get access to trim that wire back to good a good
clean section of wire and fit a new connector you should be good.
 
Access seems really bad from your picture though.
 
You could use a thicker wire to extend it, but thats assuming you
can somehow get it attached in the limited space.
 
 
The wire/conector will be close to 60amps when in use. So use the right wire
when replacing it.


Thanks Purple_2l_lx. I’m hoping to take the sunglasses holder and overhead console out if someone can guide me on how to do it. There are two clips which I can see and undo, but I suspect that there are at least 4 others which are hidden and I don’t want to break anything. Thanks for your suggestion of trimming the wire and fitting a new connector.

I’d imagine this happens a lot when clowns replace windscreens. My dealer said that if a third party is going to do it, his advice would always be to make sure they tighten that bolt correctly.




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