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Windshield wiper jets

Reddozen

New Member
Jun 30, 2016
2
0
Florida
My Model S' windshield wiper jets spray right over the car, barely getting any fluid on the windshield itself. Is that factory behavior?
 

bmanke

Member
Mar 1, 2015
74
28
Chesapeake, VA
I would recommend changing your windshield nozzles to the spray type or "froathers" instead of the jets. As far as I know the spray nozzles are only available in the non-heated version but seeing as you live in Florida this should not be an issue. I switched both of our cars over and am much happier with the performance and spray pattern.
 

bkp_duke

Well-Known Member
May 15, 2016
5,148
16,853
San Diego, CA
My Model S' windshield wiper jets spray right over the car, barely getting any fluid on the windshield itself. Is that factory behavior?

Happens, on all cars. Get Tesla to adjust them for you.

Or if you want to do it yourself, open up a small paperclip and insert it into the nozzle opening and have at it. Warning: you really only need to move them a TINY bit for a big change.
 

Reddozen

New Member
Jun 30, 2016
2
0
Florida
Happens, on all cars. Get Tesla to adjust them for you.

Or if you want to do it yourself, open up a small paperclip and insert it into the nozzle opening and have at it. Warning: you really only need to move them a TINY bit for a big change.
Thanks. Local service center had me in and out in 20 minutes.
 

scottm

Legacy account
Jun 13, 2014
3,070
2,235
Canada
I would recommend changing your windshield nozzles to the spray type or "froathers" instead of the jets. As far as I know the spray nozzles are only available in the non-heated version but seeing as you live in Florida this should not be an issue. I switched both of our cars over and am much happier with the performance and spray pattern.

Tell us more. I really don't like the driver side spray. What did you substitute, pictures of pattern?
 

bmanke

Member
Mar 1, 2015
74
28
Chesapeake, VA
It's the entire spray nozzle that clips in under the hood. Unclip the old one, clip in the new on and you are on your way. The new style sprays. Really no picture required. It works much, much, much better.

Tell us more. I really don't like the driver side spray. What did you substitute, pictures of pattern?
 

trils0n

2013 P85
Feb 12, 2013
1,527
1,947
SF Bay Area
So the newer cars have a spray nozzle that makes a fan style spray vs the old ones that are a wimpy stream? Did you get the parts at the service center?
 

scottm

Legacy account
Jun 13, 2014
3,070
2,235
Canada
It's the entire spray nozzle that clips in under the hood. Unclip the old one, clip in the new on and you are on your way. The new style sprays. Really no picture required. It works much, much, much better.

So it's a Tesla nozzle found in newer cars! OK, what's the Tesla part number...?

I have heated nozzle option...but it's probably not going to be missed.. I don't think heated nozzles do much even where I live with lots of freezing. We tend to not use wipers in winter.
 

scottm

Legacy account
Jun 13, 2014
3,070
2,235
Canada
OK, so it's pretty clear, I have to sacrifice the heat function if I want better spray pattern.

Too bad.
 

wildtigg3r

Member
Feb 16, 2016
105
17
San Diego, CA
It's the entire spray nozzle that clips in under the hood. Unclip the old one, clip in the new on and you are on your way. The new style sprays. Really no picture required. It works much, much, much better.

bmanke - where did you purchase the new spray nozzle? aftermarket part? or from service center? Thank you.
 
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TaoJones

Beyond Driven
Nov 10, 2014
3,064
2,857
The Americas
I was told the jets were no longer adjustable for my VIN but the subject of replacing the nozzles themselves never came up.

Since day 1 the top 1/3 of the windshield doesn't get wiped sufficiently. Changing wiper blades to supposedly the Bosch Icons helped for a few days but not so much thereafter.

I've never gone through as much windshield wiper fluid as with this car.

During the last series of road trips, I had to use a spray bottle at pretty much every SC stop as the wipers just could not keep up.

It's one of the growing list of things I'll inspect closely when it comes time to test drive the next Tesla as well as at delivery.
 

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