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So in addition to my bad tie rod ends (see separate post), I asked the dealer to check my rain sensor wipers, which never seemed to work right. I've seen many posts here about problems, while others LOVE the feature. I think I know why:<p>It seems my CPO'd car came with an aftermarket windshield. The mechanic noted that the rain sensors rarely work right unless you pony up the dollars for the Volvo OEM windshield. In my case, there is no consistency to the rain sensitivity and speed of the wipers. They speed up with the car, stop when the car stops, and randomly get faster and slower without any change in the rain. Useless.<p>The dealer that CPO'd the car is across the country (Powell in Arizona), so I have little if any leverage with them. Anybody have any suggestions as to how I can get Powell or Volvo of America to help me out on this? The car was "certified" that everything works, but it doesn't, and won't unless somebody pays for a new windshield. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (RZielinski)

07?<br>Good insurance?<p>Take rock.<p>Place rock in palm of hand. Throw rock hard at windshield!<p>Insurance pays for new Volvo windshield
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (RZielinski)

I won't hurt to give the dealer or Volvo Cars a call. Volvo Cars might be more effective. Rock is another choice but I wonder if insurance would pay for a Volvo windshield. That is probably how the aftermarket windshield ended up there in the first place.
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (I Roll)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>I Roll</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> but I wonder if insurance would pay for a Volvo windshield. <p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>They have to, it's less than 4 years old
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (RZielinski)

A Volvo windshield will perhaps work better, but I bet you still won't like the rainsensor. On these cars, they just aren't very good. They do work well on later models, my V50's are great.<p>That said, you can disconnect the rainsensor, and a really great thing happens - the control becomes an intermittent wiper function. Higher setting = faster repeats. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>The rain sensor is behind the plastic housing behind the rearview mirror (the one up against the windshield) There's also an antenna in there, so be sure you get the right part. You can see it through the windshield from the front, if you look. <p>Tom.
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (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"><br>They have to, it's less than 4 years old</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Is that everywhere, or just a state regulation in PA? Anyway, I don't think I have the stomach for the rock solution. It would feel like putting my beloved dog "down" to hit my R with a rock. Love is like that. I'd have to hold on to the rock so it wouldn't bounce onto the roof or hood (DOH!), but then my arm would go all weak like as if I was hitting a little girl. Then I'd just scratch or chip the windshield, and/or smash my finger. Then I'd feel sick and puke, unable to complete the job. I'm all stressed out just thinking about it, you BARBARIAN!
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (RZielinski)

I never have liked mine. I've had two Volvo windshields and two after market. I think I am going to do away with it.<br>
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (JRL)

JRL... that one brought a smile to my face. So simple, and yet so effective! Bravo!
 

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Insurance Companies are regulated state by state, and that is not everywhere. I spoke with an adjuster from Progressive yesterday about a car that had damage to the ac condenser, and the windshield from road debris. Although they authorized the OEM condenser, he said that they flat out do not use OEM glass for windshields. They would contract out with Safelite or the like to replace it. <p>Good luck with your windshield.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Turb04S60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Insurance Companies are regulated state by state, and that is not everywhere. I spoke with an adjuster from Progressive yesterday about a car that had damage to the ac condenser, and the windshield from road debris. Although they authorized the OEM condenser, he said that they flat out do not use OEM glass for windshields. They would contract out with Safelite or the like to replace it. <p>Good luck with your windshield.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>That's Progressive, you get what you pay for. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>You have a<B> B</B> insurance company, you get <B>B </B>parts and service
 

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We've got USAA right now but I had AMAZING experience with American Express Property & Casualty. I know it's too late for you right now but when the windshield on my Audi broke, they agreed to use an Audi windshield with very little discussion. They were also much cheaper than the competition.<p>-Eric
 

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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">You have a<B> B</B> insurance company, you get <B>B </B>parts and service</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Out of curiosity, where did you find that Progressive is a <b>B</b> rated company?<p>I thought they had an AM Best Rating of A+ (which is a "superior" rating).<p>-Eric
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (RZielinski)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>RZielinski</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>It seems my CPO'd car came with an aftermarket windshield. The mechanic noted that the rain sensors rarely work right unless you pony up the dollars for the Volvo OEM windshield. In my case, there is no consistency to the rain sensitivity and speed of the wipers. They speed up with the car, stop when the car stops, and randomly get faster and slower without any change in the rain. Useless.<p> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>That is B.S.! I have my third windshield in, it's a PPG, and my rain sensor works just fine - because I made sure it was plugged back in after the new glass went in! The OEM windshields blow, I went through two in less than two years, and I am staying with PPG (have used them on other cars). Seems as if most guys think the new glass comes with the rain sensor, it just simply gets removed from the old glass and clipped on to the new one. It is a mediocre function anyway, but blaming it on the glass, come on???!!!<p>P.S. The 'Intermittent wiper' knob also functions with the rain sensor. Added that comment on the other thread as well.
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (tmtalpey)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tmtalpey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That said, you can disconnect the rainsensor, and a really great thing happens - the control becomes an intermittent wiper function. Higher setting = faster repeats. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Tom.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If I am not mistaken if you do not turn on the Rain Sensor, the wipers have the intermittent function as part of the regular wiper modes (one sweep, intermittment, med. speed, high speed).
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (Sweded)

safelite has an aftermarket rainsensor windshield for 300$ I think any insurance would cover it..mine has a repaired chip right at eye level that drives me nuts so researched it..also its sort of fraud to break the windshield but maybe I am a wimp:)
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (jrgoffin)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jrgoffin</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p> It is a mediocre function anyway, but blaming it on the glass, come on???!!!<p>P.S. The 'Intermittent wiper' knob also functions with the rain sensor. Added that comment on the other thread as well.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You're wrong. The glass IS different and<I> most </I>(not all) aftermarket windshields wreck havoc with the rain sensor!<p>However, what was said above is true, just leave it turned off and use the manual intermitent feature, you DO remember how to use that, right? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>For 2004's, just pop off the rain sensor cover and unplug it, (ALL 04's work awful anyway)!
 

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Re: Now I know why my rain sensor is useless. (98glt)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>98glt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">....also its sort of fraud to break the windshield but maybe I am a wimp:)</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Of course it's fraud and you are (a wimp) for even mentioning this <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The rain sensor is problamatic at best with the OEM glass, I can't see it getting much worse with aftermarket glass. With Rain-X I hardly use my wipers anyway.
 
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