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Living in the Seattle area, this sensor gets a fair amount of use during the winter months.<br>Generally speaking I like the option, but it seem to have a mind of its own. Suddenly it puts the wipers in fast mode (when really not needed). Next it is taking too long to get that one wipe you want. I know you can adjust the sensitivity, and I often do.<br>Seems like it is hard to get the perfect setting.
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (flybynight)

It takes some getting use to. You have to fine tune it I found out. It's easy to set when you've got actual rain and not nasty mist. But I like the feature. Said I'd never buy that option but I did and it's cool.
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (flybynight)

You're right that it's a little tough to get the setting that works best for you, but I drove down to Portland on Tuesday night and back home yesterday afternoon, with everything from bright sun to heavy downpours, and they worked flawlessly for me. I was really pleased with them.<p>As they say on those infomercials, "Set it, and forget it".
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (kr900)

When I first got my car I noticed the same thing that you are. When light rain would hit the wipers would go faster than they need to. Sometimes when they were not supposed to. I adjusted the wiper delay. It is on the wiper knob itself. I pulled mine down 6 notches from the fastest setting. It has worked great ever since. I hope this helps, Rick
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (Mash)

Does anyone else have ones that "forget" they were on the next time you drive the car? I have to "reset" them by turning the stick to off and then back to auto or else they will just sit there and do nothing. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> Is this normal?
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (llabahn)

Yes - at least on the 04 model. I believe this is spelled out in the owners manual. The idea is to prevent having your wipers torn off if you go through a car wash with the sensor on. Should be several threads on SS about it.<p>That being said, the rain sensor is the only really irritating flaw I have found in my S60. It goes from great to lousy in two blocks. I know it can be disabled, but I hesitate to mess with it. I understand it was redesigned for 05 and is now actually usable.
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (Mash)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mash</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I adjusted the wiper delay. It is on the wiper knob itself. I pulled mine down 6 notches from the fastest setting. It has worked great ever since. I hope this helps, Rick</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes I do of course know that. My point being it seem to be either too much or too little.
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (flybynight)

I have been generally pleased with the rain sensor.<p>From time to time, it is a little slow on the uptake and I just use the single swipe to clear the windshield. But it is much better than the old intermintent or worse the simple two-speed on/off options we had. I wore out a wiper switch many years ago. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (minn2.5T)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>minn2.5T</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yes - at least on the 04 model. I believe this is spelled out in the owners manual. The idea is to prevent having your wipers torn off if you go through a car wash with the sensor on. Should be several threads on SS about it.<p>That being said, the rain sensor is the only really irritating flaw I have found in my S60. It goes from great to lousy in two blocks. I know it can be disabled, but I hesitate to mess with it. I understand it was redesigned for 05 and is now actually usable.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Interesting. I never knew this, but had always wondered why the wipers didn't work when I re-started the car. I thought it was because they sucked in anything other than a steady rain, which they do.<p>They are definitely not "set and forget". <p>Is there anyway to retrofit the 05 and up wipers if they were really re-designed? Is it the sensor or software?
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (needsdecaf)

My understanding is that there is no way to upgrade the 04s to the 05 system. I had hoped for a simple software upgrade, but apparently the sensor in the 05 and later is an entirely different item. There was an old thread about this that you could probably find with a quick search.<br>
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (flybynight)

Cool - I didn't know about the ability to adjust sensitivity. (What is that book in the glove box?) - BTW does anyone really know how this sensor works? (how does it cope with night and day ?)
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (LOTR)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LOTR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Cool - I didn't know about the ability to adjust sensitivity. (What is that book in the glove box?) - BTW does anyone really know how this sensor works? (how does it cope with night and day ?)</TD></TR></TABLE><p><A HREF="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/wiper4.htm" TARGET="_blank"> Here's</A> an explanation.
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (flybynight)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Living in the Seattle area, this sensor gets a fair amount of use during the winter months.<br>Generally speaking I like the option, but it seem to have a mind of its own. Suddenly it puts the wipers in fast mode (when really not needed). Next it is taking too long to get that one wipe you want. I know you can adjust the sensitivity, and I often do.<br>Seems like it is hard to get the perfect setting. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Exactly my issue with this...another R feature that wasn't quite past the beta stage before it got rolled out. It is incredibly inconsistent even when the rain is absolutely consistent. Shame on Volvo for such a half-assed feature, especially when it is integral to safety.
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (kenschel)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kenschel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Exactly my issue with this...another R feature that wasn't quite past the beta stage before it got rolled out. It is incredibly inconsistent even when the rain is absolutely consistent. Shame on Volvo for such a half-assed feature, especially when it is integral to safety.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>This is not Volvos fault. It's designed by Bosch, they all act this way on <B>all cars </B>that are equipped with them<br>You know my feelings with the unswitched '04s, DISCONNECT THEM!
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This is not Volvos fault. It's designed by Bosch, they all act this way on <B>all cars </B>that are equipped with them<br>You know my feelings with the unswitched '04s, DISCONNECT THEM!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>JRL I know what you are saying, but I disagree: Volvo put it in the car, I bought the car from Volvo expecting that they would actually verify that things work properly. I don't subscribe to the dodge-responsibility-at-all-costs corporate ethos that is so popular anymore. Besides, I recall you fuming at Volvo for choosing and continuing to use the P-zero Rossos as the standard tire!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kenschel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>JRL I know what you are saying, but I disagree: Volvo put it in the car, I bought the car from Volvo expecting that they would actually verify that things work properly. I don't subscribe to the dodge-responsibility-at-all-costs corporate ethos that is so popular anymore. Besides, I recall you fuming at Volvo for choosing and continuing to use the P-zero Rossos as the standard tire!</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Different. It's a petented design by Bosch, it may work better over the years which is why Volvo got smart in 05 and now provides a cut off switch.<br>It's also the design of different windshields which may make them work better on some dars than others<br>
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (JRL)

Different question as I don't feel like starting another thread about rain sensors.<p>For those that have the option to manually turn off the rain sensor (with the button), when you activate it according to the manual does the rain sensor light stay activated? I can't tell whether mine is activated or not. Today, I tried all kinds of things to get it working to no avail. When I press the rain sensor button, the light comes on for a second then turns off. Is this suppose to be like that? I had my windshield replaced beginning of the year and haven't been able to get it to work since.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Different. It's a petented design by Bosch, it may work better over the years which is why Volvo got smart in 05 and now provides a cut off switch.<br>It's also the design of different windshields which may make them work better on some dars than others</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Irrelevant. Doesn't matter a whit who the supplier for a part is, I bought the car from Volvo, from where I sit it is Volvo's job to make sure that the car works right.
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (mike_c70)

You sure you told them you had rain sensors? Different glass
 

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Re: Mixed feelings about the rain sensor (mike_c70)

I thought the sensors are just above the windshield? But to answer your question, the light stays on when I hit that button. <p>edit: I should say the sensors are on the top of the windshield.
 
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