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Rear windshield wiper

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Pietro, Sep 19, 2017.

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  1. Pietro

    Pietro Member

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    Hi all!

    I have always had car with rear windshield wiper, ad I'm just wondering: is it's absence a problem?

    Today was raining heavily and I tried to do not use the rear wiper; after a few minutes I had to activate it because the visibility was so bad...

    What do you think?
     
  2. Foxhound199

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    No, the only reason I have seen for a rear windshield wiper is when the aerodynamics of the car don't pull the water down and back. That shouldn't be an issue at all in the Model 3.
     
  3. FlyingKiwi

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    It can be annoying at times, my current car does not have a rear wiper, and it can at times mean you can't see that clearly out the rear window, particulary when roads are wet but it's not actually raining, and the fine mist settles but doesn't form large enough drops to roll down the window. Using a Rain-X or similar on regular basis helps a lot. Also if you park under trees etc and leaves fall on the wet glass and stick.
    I carry a LILLNAGGEN Shower squeegee - IKEA in the boot and if i've had to park outside overnight i give the side and rear windows a quick wipe while the cars idles before leaving if needed.
     
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  5. kengchang

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    Sedan rarely has rear windshield wiper, get Rain-X and apply it when you wash your car. It works great.
     
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    Just drive faster! Autostrada speeds in the streets!
     
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    Rain X works great
     
  8. Topher

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    My current car has great aerodynamics, but the rear windshield still doesn't clear without the wiper. More concerning is the idea of 'wintery mix'.

    Thank you kindly.
     
  9. Runt8

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    My current and previous vehicles were both small sedans without a rear wiper, and I’ve never had a problem with it. SUVs and other vehicles with more vertical rear windows definitely require one.
     
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    I prefer AQUAPEL. I think it works better than Rain-X. YMMV
     
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    On my Nissan 240SX hatchback (aka 180SX, etc) with a long relatively flat rear window, a rear wiper is a must. My original 240SX didn't have the rear wiper and I swapped out the entire hatch and did a lot of wiring work to add it. (Depending on year and trim level it was optional or standard).

    On my Mazda 3 sedan (there is also a hatchback model), there is no rear wiper and it is perfectly fine. It's rear window is much more vertical than the 240SX.

    The Tesla Model 3 will probably be fine without it.
     
  12. kengchang

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    IIRC, Aquapel works better than Rain X but Rain X last longer.
     
  13. Veritas1980

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    I don't feel I have a need for it on my S, however it would be nice to be able to clear the reverse camera.
    I hope the 3 has a better design for this than the S.
     
  14. ratsbew

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    In my Chevy Cruze (no rear wiper) the rear window practically doesn't get a drop on it if you're going over 45mph. It's only needed when stopped.
     
  15. Topher

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    So we need to get out of the car, into the rain and snow, every 5 minutes and clean off the rear window, when in stop & go traffic? That will get old in a hurry.

    Thank you kindly.
     
  16. T34ME

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    OR you can use the rear view camera and if you have EAP, check the graphic on the U.I. I removed the rear wiper on my Gen 3 Prius to improve looks and a bit of aerodynamics. No issues.

    Thank you wisely
     
  17. RDoc

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    I agree with the rear camera, it is much more prone to getting water on it than my other car's.
    As for rain on the rear window. Rain X helps and turning on the rear window heater helps as well, although it takes a couple of minutes to warm up.
     

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