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Foot brake controls wipers?

Sorry if this has been mentioned before or you guys already know this but....

I always though my intermittent wiper weren't really intermittent, it always seemed as if the timing was all out, and today I found out why.

It appears that when you have your intermittent wipers on, stationary and have your foot on the brake (Without the handbrake being applied!)and then release the foot brake your wipers wipe! I believe from my experimenting that it also works up to 5mph.

I can only assume that it's there as a safety thing so when you set off your windscreen is clear.

Good work Honda.

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Sorry if this has been mentioned before or you guys already know this but....

I always though my intermittent wiper weren't really intermittent, it always seemed as if the timing was all out, and today I found out why.

It appears that when you have your intermittent wipers on, staitionary and have your foot on the brake (Without the handbrake being applied!)and then release the foot brake your wipers wipe! I believe from my experimenting that it also works up to 5mph.

I can only assume that it's there as a safety thing so when you set off your windscreen is clear.

Good work Honda.
Clever thingie, I'll see if mine has that too
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Thanks - I'd spotted this 'strange' behaviour in our car too but could never quite fathom the combination of circumstances - you may have answered a 'conundrum' I'd forgotten I even had....

I did previously wonder whether this happens only when on a slow or even the slowest intermittent setting and I guess it won't happen at all for those with auto-wipers fitted ?

Someone kindly posted on another thread about heated rear windows the detailed technical conditions upon which they work, it would be nice to get a similar explanation here too I guess... although fairly esoteric (OK possibly sad) I'd admit.
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My understanding is:

when stationary, the wipers go into 'sleep' mode and don't wipe (dunno why though!)
As you are about to move (take your foot off the brake), they wake up and decide if they need to clear the screen so that you can see where you are going (handy!)

I'll play with the various options whilst waiting to pick the missus up this evening (if the predicted rain arrives )


Answers will be for auto wipers, if someone with manual intermittant wants to do the same?
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I have manual wipers and when at a stop the wipers only swipe every few seconds and when you take your foot off of the brake they do a quick swipe so you are clear for driving. I haven't paid much attention to what speed they start back at their set speed but I think it's around the 10mph mark.
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yes its in the manual about being linked to your brake pedal
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no rain, so couldn't try it

Type S above is completly correct though - manual pages 133/134

manual wipers on intermitent:
"If set to shortest delay, wipers will change to low speed operation over 12mph
While the vehicle is stopped and in gear the wipers will sweep whenever you take your foot off the brake"
Interestingly, on INT setting, the interval is varied according to the vehicle speed

Auto wipers:
"when in auto mode, it swtiches between Low, Int and High speeds by itself.
This function only works over 6mph"

doesn't mention the brake, but I'm pretty sure it works in the same way as manual
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[quote=TTDegs;157243uto wipers:
"when in auto mode, it swtiches between Low, Int and High speeds by itself.
This function only works over 6mph"

doesn't mention the brake, but I'm pretty sure it works in the same way as manual [/quote]

Millie doesn't agree with that 6mph bit.

That's what it says in the book, but if there is rain on the screen, (the front one this time!), it'll start to wipe as soon as the Space Ship is started up.

Annoying really as I have to wipe the rear one, and at the same time, I try and do the 'edges' of the front one, but it can be dangerous with that 6' wiper heading in my direction!

"Some guy knocked on my door last night and asked if I could give him a push.
I asked him to wait outside while I got my coat on.
When I went outside I couldn't see him.
I called out 'Where are you?
He replied, Over here, I'm on the swing!"
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My understanding is:

when stationary, the wipers go into 'sleep' mode and don't wipe (dunno why though!)
As you are about to move (take your foot off the brake), they wake up and decide if they need to clear the screen so that you can see where you are going (handy!)

I'll play with the various options whilst waiting to pick the missus up this evening (if the predicted rain arrives )


Answers will be for auto wipers, if someone with manual intermittant wants to do the same?
My wipers definately wipe when I'm stationary. The difference here could be that you need to have the brake pedal pressed to suppress the wipers?

I'm a kind thoughtful person so I never sit at lights or in traffic blinding the person behind with my foot planted on the brake pedal
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Back on topic...

I have not been able to verify that my auto wipers are connected to the brake. Will keep testing.


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Millie doesn't agree with that 6mph bit.

That's what it says in the book, but if there is rain on the screen, (the front one this time!), it'll start to wipe as soon as the Space Ship is started up.

Annoying really as I have to wipe the rear one, and at the same time, I try and do the 'edges' of the front one, but it can be dangerous with that 6' wiper heading in my direction!
I have to agree c_h mine sometimes wipe without me touching the brake....or moving above 6mph when in Auto mode...
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Thanks to JoeyF for spotting this wee hidden feature. I can't say that I was observant enough to notice it myself.

However a quick bit of experimentation (plenty of rain round here these days) confirms that, without auto wipers (mine ain't gottem), the intermittent still continues whilst stationary with foot brake, or handbrake applied.
On release of the foot brake or the handbrake the wipers give one sweep then settle down to the regular pattern.

Cool as all get out!
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I'm looking for the electric schema or manual screen of this, because my Honda Dealer mechanic says it's not true, and therefore he will not repair this in my car.
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Over my 8 years of Civic ownership spanning 3 models my auto wipers work intermittently when either of the brakes are on or off at rest.

They are slower to react because the rain is not as intense when stationary.

Mine have never stopped completely when stationary.
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It worked with my Honda Accord 2000 also. wipers worked intermittently as standard, but when the foot brake was released or handbrake whipers started immediately.
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