Model 3

Wipers sensitivity

I am a new model 3 owner. I have noticed that the auto setting on the windshield wipers are kind of sluggish. I believe the sensors need to be adjusted (become more sensitive) in order to turn on the wipers a bit sooner when there is a small drizzling. The wipers on my car takes a while to turn on and most of the time I have to clean the windshield manually in order to see the road.

Any suggestion
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  • edited August 2018
    It would be nice if they would add a sensitivity setting to the auto wipers. It lets the window get more rain covered than I like too.
  • edited August 2018
    Put on some Rain-x and while wipers still slow, don't notice
  • edited August 2018
    I have this problem, as do others (but not *all* others). I have a mobile service appointment on Monday for other reasons, I'm going to ask them to check out the wiper sensor while they're here.

    A user-adjustable sensitivity setting would be fine, but it should also be possible for Tesla to calibrate the sensors to work "correctly" without needing user adjustment. But I'd settle for user adjustment at this point; right now the auto setting is useless to me.
  • edited August 2018
    There isn't a separate rain sensor. It done by software using the cameras.
  • edited August 2018
    RainX aside, is anyone happy with the sensitivity of the wipers? I know I am not. I have resorted to treating them as manual only wipers. I would live to be able to adjust the sensitivity higher.
  • edited August 2018
    The owner's manual says not to use RainX. Screws up the wipers.
  • edited August 2018
    So far, knock on wood the wipers are working rather well. The first few days I owned the car I thought like others here there was something wrong with the wipers, but now, they work flawlessly
  • edited August 2018
    I’ve found that sometimes they’re appropriately sensitive, but most times not sensitive enough.
  • I’ve had the opposite experience. In really light rain, the wipers appear to come on too often as if the camera is sensing much more rain than there. I have resorted to just manually controlling them in those conditions. On more constant and heavier rain they appear to do a nice job.
  • edited November 2018
    i have the same issue. i live in seattle and now the rainy season has started. the wipers are not sensitive enough and i often have to switch to manual mode otherwise i can't see very well, which is inconvenient and shouldn't be necessary. other cars have had this for years and don't have a problem. it would also be nice to have the sensitivity be adjustable, again, like many other cars available at much lower cost. seems like a very easy fix that could be done over the 'air' to make the wipers more sensitive.
  • edited November 2018
    Same issue as all of you describe, I have a service appointment today for auto wipers, breaks squeaking, and also there are some bubbling on the rubbers from each top rear door, only 5 month owner and 10 K+ miles, I forgot to mention that the initial appointment is to replace the Front Trunk hardware-is not opening since October 25th, Tesla mobile unit came by my office and verified that I needed a new part, that was ordered on Oct 30th, so we have not used out front trunk.
  • edited November 2018
    I heard that 44.2 makes wipers more sensitive.
  • edited November 2018
    Never had an issue. Mine works quite well.
  • edited November 2018
    It finally rained in Sacramento for the first time since we got our car in July, so we got to experience this the past few days. We agree it's not so sensitive as we'd like in some situations, and we either did little bumps on the left stalk, or just went into manual mode.

    Looking forward to the alleged improvement in 44!
  • edited November 2018
    I've always felt the wiper sensitivity was too low and I've been hoping for a fix--basically, a sensitivity setting. The same is true for the auto high-beams. I'd like there to be an adjustment for that too. And while we're at it; the auto high-beam should provide an override you can use to force the high-beams on without having to take them out of the automatic setting.
  • edited November 2018
    Recent 1300-mile trip over Thanksgiving with lots of various rain from misty, to rainy, to T-storms. I’m on firmware 44.2 and, while I think the wipers are more sensitive, I’d MUCH prefer a normal user interface: Off-Intermittent-On-OnFast-Auto with a slider bar to adjust the Intermittent setting to MY preference. Auto worked pretty well in my 2002 GMC Envoy, and previous vehicles I’ve had, but I liked being able to make adjustments as I needed to.
  • edited November 2018
    I’m on 44.2 and unfortunately the wipers sensitivity has not improved. It remains my biggest gripe with an otherwise amazing car.
  • edited November 2018
    So guessing that the camera(s) in front of the rear view mirror are what's monitoring for auto wipers? If so could the aerodynamics of the car can play a role in this complaint? What I mean is, if it's drizzling and airflow at this specific location of the camera tends to push more rain above and clear of the section of windshield that the camera can see then perhaps that's why we have worse visibility from the driver's perspective, than from the camera's perspective. Shot in the dark
  • edited November 2018
    44.2 did not help the sensitivity for me. They still don’t wipe frequently enough in light to moderate rain. Everyone, please send an email to customer service about this and maybe Tesla will give fixing this higher priority.
  • edited November 2018
    The Model S wipers are still wonky after 6 years. Don’t think an email is going to do much.
  • edited November 2018
    Yeah so far this is my biggest gripe. When I'm stationary the Wipers are too sensitive. When I'm moving the wipers are not sensitive enough, it should be reversed. Manual works, just wish it was on the stalk.
  • edited November 2018
    @BH, I’m hopelessly optimistic about wiper sensitivity and autonomous driving...
  • edited November 2018
    I’d love no more than to be proven wrong. Auto wipers don’t work in the dark and that’s when I do my best work. Then they’ll go nuts parked at a supercharger.
  • edited November 2018
    We also had our first experience with rain here in Northern California last week. The auto wipers were just 'okay,' but my sense is that the ideal windshield speed is very much a matter of personal preference. Having the ability to tweak the setting, much as we can with following distance, and having the car learn from those adjustments would be helfpful.
  • edited November 2018
    is it too difficult to press the end of the left stalk, then select a "speed" from the pop up window on the lower left of the screen? I'd like more sensitivity as well, but the "manual" override is already there for use. 42.4 version right now.

    I chuckle when the car has been left wet, overnight in the garage. Then in the AM i boot up and the wipers go cra-cra for the 1st 30 seconds inside the garage, wiping away at what I'm assuming is condensation. The actual windshield is clear! Then I back out into falling rain, from the sky, they go back dormant. mystifying. there might be a pun in there somewhere.

    Yes they are flaky, but the manual override(s) are there for us to use. Can it be better? Hells yes it could be! As with all things Tesla, it will get better. Or worse for some. That's the challenge right there to hit that happy medium for most users...
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