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alternatives for wipers on Model X

Discussion in 'Model X' started by stefan.bc, Jan 24, 2017.

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  1. stefan.bc

    stefan.bc I see dead headlights!

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    Hi,

    Just had my first drive in the rain and I am not sure what to think. They fell cheap and work funny, not smooth.
    I feel like these are the worst wipers I had on any of my cars.

    Can they be replaced with something better?

    Thank you
     
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  2. 3s-a-charm

    3s-a-charm Active Member

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    Wonder if switching blades would do anything or if it's the motors/mechanism? Tesla usually uses good Bosch blades.
     
  3. stefan.bc

    stefan.bc I see dead headlights!

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    I feel like the metal used is the wipers might be to "soft", maybe it bends a little
    But could be the mechanism, will inquire at my first service check, hopefully they can fix the ghosting issues :(
     
  4. Houseofpayne

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    As previously talked about in a thread, putting rainX on the model X has helped me significantly.
     
  5. stefan.bc

    stefan.bc I see dead headlights!

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    It doesn't rain that much in my area so rainX is a waste on money, usually, I guess the fix is to keep rainX in my frunk
     
  6. X Fan

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    Hhhm.

    Sorry to hear about your negative perception re: wipers (it's at least your second op discussing your unhappiness with x).

    FWIW: I live in areas that get torrential rain at times during the year and I've had no issues. Wiper system works well and I wouldn't call it cheap (I've had plenty of high end German cars btw).

    Your profile says Oregon....it doesn't rain much there? Lucky.

    I spent a year in an area north of Seattle at an airbase while in the Marine Corps and it rained constantly from October to April.
     
  7. acadapter

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    FWIW --- My initial review of the wipers were that they were terrible. We had snow the week after I picked up my MX and the wipers performed below average. However, two things changed that temendously. ---

    1) I think the windshield had grime/film when it was delivered. The wipers seemed like they weren't making good contact with the surface. When I completed my home wash and cleaning I cleaned the windows thoroughly. The next rain, water beaded up properly and the wipers didn't smear anything.

    2) Application of Rain-X. I only did the windshield. Every subseqent wash I actually forgo the use of Rain-X and I still haven't had any issues with any of my glass surfaces.


    Spend some time cleaning your windows; even use a clay bar if you have to. I still wish I had a notch between some of the selectable intervals on the stalk to hit the sweet spot. Hopefully once auto-wipers is active this will improve.
     
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  8. stefan.bc

    stefan.bc I see dead headlights!

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    Sorry to bash Tesla but I had higher hopes. Maybe I should have bought an S. Seems to be of higher quality.
    Will try Rain-X.
     
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  9. LuckyX

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    When I first got my MX the wipers smeared every time on the return wipe. I had SC adjust and the problem is gone. I also used RainX before and after service so I knew they adjusted it.

    RainX is dirt cheap like $6-10 for a spray bottle that last for several applications. Doesn't seem like a waste. I apply it to all the windows and works like a charm.

     
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    I'm having the same issue, picked up the inventory MX and the driverside wipters smears right in my line of sight. I'll try a good cleaning and Rain-X. Thanks for the advice!
     
  11. LuckyX

    LuckyX Stormtrooper X60D, Autopilot, and Hitch

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    Try is to clean the wiper blades themselves. I used a moist towelette/alcohol wipe on the rubber blades.
     
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    This was my EXACT same situation. Of course they could need adjusting but home fix should be the first step. Let us know how it goes!
     
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    Using a clay bar on the windshield seems to have improved this issue for me. From delivery, my windshield had a stubborn film that would not come off with normal cleaning. The clay didn't get it all, but it got most of it, and finishing with RainX has made a big improvement
     
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    A waste of money? A bottle of RainX is like $10.
     
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    Post some pictures of your windshield so we can get an idea of non-performance.
     
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    Yes the wipers on this car are the worst compared to other cars I've owned. It's kind of sad we have to spend so much of our own time/money/effort out of these $100k cars to fix something like this.

    You can't even find replacement blades as only Tesla carries them at the moment.

    Now I need to check again how to adjust them. I looked but couldn't tell if adjustment is even possible. @LuckyX are you sure they didn't just replace the blades? After they replaced mine it's much improved but still suck in heavy rain.
     
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    They said the adjusted them but who knows if they replaced them. They work well now as I used them heavily during this last rain storm in So Cal.
     
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    I posted this in a different thread,
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    but I just noticed something that annoyed me on a recent trip through heavy snowfall. Look at the driver's-side window at the right side of the picture. That area never cleared when I pumped washer fluid onto the wipers. In defiance of Tesla advice, I use rain-X fluid, because at 20 below, Fahrenheit, ordinary fluid freezes solid. But I wasn't seeing much fluid reaching that part of the windshield. This is quite annoying, if not downright dangerous. I need to see through the entire driver's-side area of the windshield.
     

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    At my first annual service the wipers were replaced. Big improvement!
     
  20. 3s-a-charm

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    Is it just me or does that look very normal to anyone else?

    I've had my X for a few days and we are experiencing major snow-melt now so dirty vehicle spray all over. Wipers worked pretty well actually - no rain-x yet. On the advice of another owner I'm going to take it in next week for a clear film on the windshield for two reasons;
    1. Cost to replace is high
    2. Availability is apparently scarce so even finding one may be challenging

    I saw it installed and there is one seam just above where the windshield starts the tint - but pretty minor - otherwise it's very clear and for the amount of road trips I'm planning to do this is a must for me. Was quoted $800.
     

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