Car: 2006 1.8 Petrol, Black
Join Date: 20th January 2019
Location: Leicestershire, UK
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Interesting intermittent wipers
I couldn't find another thread on this exact topic, so I've started a new one.
I understand that it's a fairly common issue for the wipers to act up, mostly because of faulty wiper motors.
My wipers do act a little strangely, but it isn't an issue as such - it could be, but for now I'm just treating it as an interesting "feature" that the car has.
My wipers, when on the intermittent mode, will work almost normally. What's strange about the way they operate is the pattern they seem to wipe the window in when on the intermittent setting.
So, the wipers are going, they maybe wipe the window every 5 seconds, for example. The first time they wipe the window, all fine, as normal, they do one sweep then back to the bottom, wait five seconds, do the next sweep, etc..
What's strange is that occasionally, enough for me to notice when it happens, the wipers will sweep twice, sometimes three times instead of once, almost as if I've switched the mode to "low". They will then go back to their normal resting position and wait five seconds, then sweep only once as normal (and just continue normal operation, until the next time they sweep more than once).
There is no pattern to this at all - could be that they sweep the window twice after six sweeps, then it could be thrice after another 4 sweeps, then thrice again after 7 sweeps... It's seemingly random.
I'm just curious - is anybody else's car doing this? Is it a common thing? Or is it just some strange quirk my car has developed from a minor electrical fault?
As an extra, if you flick up on the wiper stalk, as with most cars, the wipers will do a single sweep ("mist" mode). I've noticed on my civic if you hold the stalk up, the wipers will change to the fastest setting, but only while you hold the stalk up. I'm assuming this is standard, but I've mentioned it in case it isn't.
I must note that I don't have an auto setting for the window wipers. Also, all the other wiper modes other than the intermittent mode work as you'd expect them to, with the intermittent being a bit nuts at times but mostly working as I'd expect.
Thank you, and I'm keen to hear your responses.