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E-350 Platinum 2013 Windshield Wiper problem?

I've had my E-350 2013 Platinum for almost a year. Sometimes not every time when you turn the key to start the windshield wipers come on for one swipe. I've taken this thing back to the dealer twice (they kept the truck for 3 days each time) saying ford gave them a software solution. It continues to have this problem. Not every time sometimes not for weeks. I keep the truck in a garage when not in use. It's driving me crazy because when the windshield is a little dirty this thing does a swipe and is ruining the wiper blades and scratching the windshield. Has anyone heard about this problem before and if so what about a fix that I can tell the clueless dealer. I love the new diesel it is a rocket. I've had 5 7.3's over the years but this one is the best if I can stop the wipers,
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Bad multi-function switch (turn signals/wipers/hi-low) on column or GEM module under dash?... Maybe operator error !!! I have large hands and constantly accidentally hit the rear-wiper switch on the Tahoe I have to drive for work (the GM switches are aggravating). The rear wiper comes on and scratches all the dust on the rear window and looks like crap when it makes the mess. Your one-swipe thing sounds like what you get when the button on the end of the turn signal switch is bumped for a split-second that would normally washer-wipe. I've seen this a good bit on crown vics. there might even be a little metal shaving or loose pin in the switch.

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Bad multi-function switch (turn signals/wipers/hi-low) on column or GEM module under dash?... Maybe operator error !!! I have large hands and constantly accidentally hit the rear-wiper switch on the Tahoe I have to drive for work (the GM switches are aggravating). The rear wiper comes on and scratches all the dust on the rear window and looks like crap when it makes the mess. Your one-swipe thing sounds like what you get when the button on the end of the turn signal switch is bumped for a split-second that would normally washer-wipe. I've seen this a good bit on crown vics. there might even be a little metal shaving or loose pin in the switch.
thanks for the info. I'm sure it's not operator error. I am very careful when i get in and turn the key. I thought it was OE for a while until I really watched what I was doing. It drives me nuts that Ford cannot figure out how to fix this. I paid 60K for this beast and they can't stop a windshield wiper?? Go figure.
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Probably that multi-function switch. Just a fluke , I guess. Should be under warranty...Good luck.

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I had a similar problem with my 2012. Except, mine was constantly on at the lowest setting. It was a bad multifunction switch. Dealership replaced it and no more problems. Maybe you should try another dealer
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thanks I will. That was my next move.
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By any chance is the "courtesy wipe" feature enabled in the menu on the dash board? My '12 has that option somewhere in the vehicle settings menu.
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No such luck. I checked that back within 16 days of getting the truck. I thought that was making the wipers do that. So I double and triple check it was off. Thanks for your replying.
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