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Unread 02-21-2014, 07:54 AM   #1
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Anoyed by Wiper Controls with Rain Sensing Wipers

Seems like the Chrysler Engineers did not think through the design/layout of the wiper controls when they added the rain sensing feature. They just retained the design that has been in place since the invention of intermittent wipers. I hate that I can't do a single wipe without rotating the control know past off. My last 2 cars had the wiper controls on a separate stock and a quick tap down would initiate a single wipe without having to disengage the rain sensing setting.

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Unread 02-21-2014, 08:08 AM   #2
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Turning the knob in the opposite direction and releaseing it will give you a single pass without engaging the rain sensing setting.
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Unread 02-21-2014, 08:16 AM   #3
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Yeah, but I find that the moisture sensing feature is so effective that it is rare that I need a single wipe and twisting the knob is not all that inconvenient in that case. An easy "mist" single wipe was very useful on other vehicles without the moisture sensor, however. Chrysler just does it differently.
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I hated that feature on my previous Lincoln. I didn't see why they even had intermittent intervals. They had a mind of their own, and it couldn't be defeated. I could get a single wipe just by changing speeds, but after that wipe, they wiped whenever they felt necessary -- which wasn't when I needed it. They were OK for a steady rain, but a real pain for drizzle/sprinkles.
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Yeah, but I find that the moisture sensing feature is so effective that it is rare that I need a single wipe and twisting the knob is not all that inconvenient in that case. An easy "mist" single wipe was very useful on other vehicles without the moisture sensor, however. Chrysler just does it differently.
Actually, I don't think it works that well in all situations (i.e spray from other cars, very light mist). That's why I would like to have a single wipe without having to disengage the rain sensing.
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Turning the knob in the opposite direction and releaseing it will give you a single pass without engaging the rain sensing setting.
I know this. You are missing the point. I want to initiate a single wipe without disengaging the rain sensing and then having to re-engage at the setting I had.
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I know this. You are missing the point. I want to initiate a single wipe without disengaging the rain sensing and then having to re-engage at the setting I had.
Then turn it up one setting and back down again. That will initiate a single swipe without disengaging rain sensing.
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I found the rain sensing feature just about useless. It was hopelessly random at best. It's one of the first things I disengaged.
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Actually, I don't think it works that well in all situations (i.e spray from other cars, very light mist). That's why I would like to have a single wipe without having to disengage the rain sensing.
What sensitivity setting have you tried? Do you use anything like rainX on your windshield? I agree there are situations where one needs a single wipe and the sensor misses it, but for me that is rare. Perhaps I have better sense than others

Oh, like others have said, when I want one wipe, I just click the sensitivity setting on stop and back.
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Then turn it up one setting and back down again. That will initiate a single swipe without disengaging rain sensing.
Thats what I do.

I'll also say I hate hate hate hated rain sensing wipers. They were the most useless thing in the 2 Lexus' I owned... light mist, FULL SPEED, downpour.. n i c e a n d s l o w.

I was happy the Jeep had a way to disable them and figured I'd be disabling them right away. However, the Jeep implementation has been one of the best I've experienced IMHO (not saying it does exactly what I want, but its right a lot more than other cars I've experienced).
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Unread 02-21-2014, 12:32 PM   #11
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Just turn it one "click" and back and you'll get a single wipe.
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Unread 02-21-2014, 04:39 PM   #12
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I believe the WJ had this done much better (and I have to say I was surprised how well the rain sensing wipers worked on my 2004 Overland). If I remember correctly one could engage the automatic wipers and if needed a single tap towards on the lever did a single wipe without messing with the rain sensing settings.

BTW, having to turn the knob to get one single wipe on my current 2014 WK2 is one of the most annoying things and whoever designed it should feel ashamed for such a lousy job. Not only it is very clumsy but you also have to completely take one hand off the steering wheel to be able to do it! Imagine passing a semi in the rain when you suddenly need an extra wipe to see something at all...is this a moment you want to take your hand off the steering wheel and having to perform some clumsy movement with your hand to get a quick single wipe?

I sometime wonder why we have multiple buttons on steering wheels to control all kind of smart phones, multimedia etc comfortably. And on the other hand, to control things like wipers that play a lot into being safe on the road is done the way it is in the current WK2.... not ergonomic at all.
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Then turn it up one setting and back down again. That will initiate a single swipe without disengaging rain sensing.
+1 - I find myself rarely needing to do this very often tho, as it does a pretty darn good job most of the time on its own.
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