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Wipers don't work properly in Auto

Jul 29, 2020
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Have seen other posts about wipers problems with wipers in Auto mode.
I have these problems on my new Model Y. Am running the latest update just updated.
Sometimes wipers turn on or continue to run when windshield is completely dry.
Other times they don't turn on when the windshield is wet.
Have needed to turn off Auto mode many times, but then it reverts back for no apparent reason.
In summary, buggy.
Has any one identified a solution, or is this a warranty issue fixable by Tesla ?
Checking here before contacting Tesla service....
 

Mike_TV

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Apr 29, 2020
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Has any one identified a solution, or is this a warranty issue fixable by Tesla ?
Checking here before contacting Tesla service....
Not a warranty issue but there are a few threads with people who are dissatisfied with how the auto wipers work on the Model 3 & Model Y. Contacting service won't do anything.
 

L_Mont

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Jun 18, 2020
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Atlanta, GA
I have 2 BMW with auto wipers and they are working as expected. However, Tesla auto wipers are sub par. When I had my car at the SC and mentioned the auto wipers issues, I was told the auto wipers works as intended. Tesla used the camera at the top of the windshield but BMW and others used IR LED rain and condensation sensor behind the windshield.
 

TLLMRRJ

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Dec 19, 2019
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It's no longer a valid argument for people to say the Neural Network will solve this problem over time. The issue is that all other car manufacturers use a dedicated rain sensor and Tesla is trying to do auto wipers by examining the camera video.

Yeah, after 5 years, it's proven that just doesn't work, and no amount of Neural data will ever fix it. End of story.

One day Tesla will slip in a dedicated sensor and never mention they were wrong from the start, and that day will be a good day for new Tesla owners. For the rest of us, we will have manual wipers for the remaining life of our cars.
 
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Snow Drift

Pirelli P Zero Winter
Feb 10, 2016
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Sometimes they go crazy and wipe excessively, but usually once you get driving it calms down. Try to single wipe with the button on the left stalk to get it out of crazy mode. If there is mist it might not do anything bc the cameras can see fine. Again, single wipe.

I very rarely change to intermittent. Most of the time I find Auto to work very well.
 
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Ejl80

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Dec 23, 2017
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This happened to me the other day.. and the car said navigate on autopilot wasn't available due to poor weather... except it was 70 and sunny. I mean it was a confusing march day?
 
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Tslgrl

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Mar 13, 2021
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Interesting to read this. Non Tesla owner here (but I just test drove one and am trying to educate myself).
On my test drive the wipers came on 4 times on their own accord but my hands were not at 10 and 2 when it happened and whole heartedly I did not accidentally touch the level. When I mentioned this to the SA when I got back to the lot he looked at my husband and I like we were crazy. At the time we had been on country roads and I thought maybe a bird had flown by and dropped it's lunch or the sensor had mistaken wind or a leaf for water dropping. Now I'm not so sure? Good to know I'm not crazy!
 

Ezmendriz

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Jul 28, 2020
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IMHO, it has to do with where the car is trying to detect the rain. In any case, sw is not going to solve it.I just learn to live with it. in most situations it kind of work.
 

Ejl80

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Dec 23, 2017
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IMHO, it has to do with where the car is trying to detect the rain. In any case, sw is not going to solve it.I just learn to live with it. in most situations it kind of work.
No, this is definitely a defect/buggy software. My model 3 never did anything remotely like this.
 

L_Mont

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Jun 18, 2020
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Atlanta, GA
I had a case where my auto wiper did turned ON and did not stop. It was a dry day, no rain at all. I found out that I had a lot of dead bugs on the windshield. After cleaning out the dead bugs in front of the camera, the auto wipers sort of resumed the normal operation. I never seen this issue on my two BMW.
 

NCC81701

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Feb 28, 2020
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A dirty windshield will turn on the auto-wipers because the car uses optical cameras to determine if there's rain or dust on the windshield. I washed my car but I had to leave in a hurry in the middle of it and it left a bunch of water spots on my windshield that triggered the auto-wipers. Went away after I had the chance to properly clean the windshield.
 

NJEV-Don

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Sep 10, 2020
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Not a warranty issue but there are a few threads with people who are dissatisfied with how the auto wipers work on the Model 3 & Model Y. Contacting service won't do anything.
I would think It would be a warranty issue if the wipers are turning on when it’s not raining and the windshield is dry. Why wouldn’t it be?
 

WattsappMTL

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Nov 2, 2020
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Montreal
As winter winds down, I'm finding the auto wiper operation is becoming more tolerable. They seem to work quite well in rain; it's salt spray, dirt and snow that they have trouble coping with. I do wish Tesla had taken the same approach as VW, which puts the wipers into slow intermittent operation when the car isn't moving. There's no need to clear the windshield so thoroughly at a standstill, and I find it aggravating that the wipers run faster than necessary in the that situation. Lots of improvement is needed on this system. I'd also like to Tesla to add MANUAL and OFF labels under the wiper icon on the controls bar. Because of the need for continuous driver intervention in certain conditions, it can be difficult to keep track of what mode they're in.
 

jcanoe

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Oct 2, 2020
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Have you tried using the Tesla voice commands for the windshield wipers? You can say "Turn on wipers" or "Wipers On". Also "Set Wipers to Low/Medium/High/Auto/Off" You can also specify the level of windshield wiper operation and state "Set wipers to 1/2/3/4/Auto/Off"
 
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Rocdude

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Jul 30, 2020
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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.
 
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