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Auto Windshield Wipers

Kee_Chain

Member
Apr 28, 2019
68
21
Kokomo
Hello,

The past few weeks, my area has been experiencing hard rain. I have noticed many times that the auto windshield wipers do not seem to adjust to the appropriate speeds. They will turn on but be on the slow settings even with hard rain. I thought my car was faulty but I have read that Tesla (MY at least) does not use a dedicated sensor like other vehicles, and many have reported frustrations with the auto windshield wipers. From my research, it is detected by the front cameras (Pretty cool use of them!). Is their any way to at least improve detection or is it better to manually set the speed? Any news on improving this feature?
 

bbmertz

Model Y
Mar 23, 2012
343
76
North Carolina
It is frustrating that the auto windshield wipers are not very responsive, particularly since this technology has been perfected by most other car manufacturers about 10-20 years ago. I think the MY is a great car, but this is definitely one of the sore points for me.
 
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SabrToothSqrl

Active Member
Dec 5, 2014
3,765
3,077
PA
the ones in my X are useless. Model 3 does better. My 2009 Tahoe auto wipers had all Tesla's beat by a mile. I think my 2013 Model S ones were good, but that used a $2 sensor that Tesla thought skipping was a good idea...
 

spokey

Member
Aug 8, 2020
606
235
Flagtown
I have the opposite problem. They wipe too fast and stay on wiping a clear window long after the rain has stopped. I often turn them off at that point and use the left stalk button if necessary until that annoys me and I turn them back on. Also find the slowest intermittent is too fast when it's just misty out.
 

TMYB-C1

Supporting Member
Feb 15, 2021
108
19
USA
The MY auto wiper function is terrible for me also, waits to long for water to accumulate and sets the speed too low when they do activate.
 

Rocdude

Member
Jul 30, 2020
112
26
New York
I agree. Either it doesn’t turn on even when it’s raining or it will wipe slowly for the amount of rain falling or will suddenly go wild and very fast AFTER the rain has slowed down.

I have given up on Tesla. The only thing going for Tesla is the extended battery life. Otherwise it is way behind regular car manufacturers.

If this continues it will not gain new customers and will start loosing customers (including me) as soon as other manufacturers catch up with battery life.

Several either essential or accepted norm in ICE cars are either not present or poorly executed in Tesla.
 

Midnightsun

Member
Nov 29, 2020
417
498
Canada
Mine seem to work fairly well however they wipe way to fast 90% of the time. They act like it was a major downpour when there is just light rain. They do come on and turn off as they should 90% of the time however they do get rather confused on what to do with snow! Bottom line is the camera programming definitely needs some work as this is what apparently controls the wipers.

Like on all the auto wiper equipped car I have had, there should be a sensitivity adjustment . Could be a simple toggle from low to medium to high. Some people need to have wipers flying like crazy for little rain, others like a swipe once in a while, an adjustment would satisfy mostly everyones preferences.
 
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TMYB-C1

Supporting Member
Feb 15, 2021
108
19
USA
The circle is the ppf that I pealed back and the tiny brown spot in the middle is where that pipe got beneath to the body of the car. The image attached is what it looks like directly after the incident.
 

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Kee_Chain

Member
Apr 28, 2019
68
21
Kokomo
I definitely agree with everyone here, hopefully the engineers come up with improvements in future releases. Maybe the auto-rain sensor would have been worth the cost 😂.
 
Jul 29, 2020
60
30
San Francisco
The auto function of the wipers is glitchy for sure. Everybody reports it and after a few weeks of owning a Tesla you'll see it for yourself. I'm not sure there is a fix since they use cameras for detection which sounds cool but is actually not cool.
The best "solution" I've heard is using voice control to turn wipers on or off whenever they are malfunctioning. Or hit the button on the left if you need a quick wipe of the windshield to see while driving in the rain. Beats fumbling around with the touchscreen while driving.
 

spokey

Member
Aug 8, 2020
606
235
Flagtown
The auto function of the wipers is glitchy for sure. Everybody reports it and after a few weeks of owning a Tesla you'll see it for yourself. I'm not sure there is a fix since they use cameras for detection which sounds cool but is actually not cool.
The best "solution" I've heard is using voice control to turn wipers on or off whenever they are malfunctioning. Or hit the button on the left if you need a quick wipe of the windshield to see while driving in the rain. Beats fumbling around with the touchscreen while driving.
I use the button until it's raining enough to be tedious and then use the voice command. Occasionally use the touch screen. It isn't that bad as there is the quick link at the bottom.
 

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