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Noisy wiper

PuckPuck

Member
Sep 15, 2019
25
17
Canada
I have a new Model S, and can't say I love my wipers on it. I already tried cleaning the blade, but it makes lots of noise when it changes direction. I know a wiper should make some noise when it goes form one direction to the next, but this is substantially louder than all my other vehicles.

Is this normal or common? Anything I can do to help with the noise?
 

PuckPuck

Member
Sep 15, 2019
25
17
Canada
Like a loud flop. Take the sound a normal wiper makes when it gets to the end of the stroke and starts to return, then amplify it by 20x.
 

JasontheBeaver

Jason Barker
Jan 11, 2018
382
372
Beaverton, Oregon
Like a loud flop. Take the sound a normal wiper makes when it gets to the end of the stroke and starts to return, then amplify it by 20x.
Ah yes! I know that sound!
I would look at the design of the wiper and see if there's too much slack in the wiper blade and frame itself. After inspection, see if one side is more loose than the other to determine if it's an isolated problem, or just inherent in those specific wipers. If nothing is obviously wrong then you might try changing brands. I use Bosch Icon blades. I'm not sure what brand or style comes new on a Model S though.
Sorry I couldn't be more help. Maybe other new Model S owners will chime in with their experiences.
 

random155

Member
Mar 18, 2019
876
465
NJ
One of the worst things about the Model S are the wipers. Its a minor gripe but they are AWFUL. Mine are also loud and stutter up and down my windshield. Im not ready, yet, to drop $50 on new (quality) blades.
 

PuckPuck

Member
Sep 15, 2019
25
17
Canada
I have never used RainX before. seen the commercials, etc and I wonder if this would help with the noise or just be a waste of my time and money?

Normally I try to stick with OEM wipers. Many manufacturers even sell just inserts for the wipers, which if you do that, and can spend the extra few minutes to install them will find a much better product in all seasons vs whatever your local auto parts store sells. Inserts are generally less money as well.
 

tmyl21

Member
Jul 15, 2014
217
24
Hamilton NJ
Besides the subpar wipers which I too agree, I must ask if others also find the visibility just difficult even bad through it's windshield when raining?

It's almost like some sort of constant glare at night when it's raining with the wipers skipping across the windscreen.
 

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