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Living in Washington state windshield wipers get lots of use. A good share of the time a steady intermittent wipe does the job perfectly. I'm far from in love with the Lexus rain sensing wiper system. I am constantly flipping the wiper control to give it a wipe when the auto sensing unit doesn't do enough or cursing it when it comes on for little or no reason.

What I'm wondering is if it's possible to reprogram the wiper system to return it to a standard/manually operated intermittent wiper system. I know I'd be much happier setting them where I want and leaving it alone. :cries:

Thanks for any advice, Rob

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Rob,

Is the sensitivity turned all the way up? How long have you had the car.

When I bought mine I HATED the auto wipers. However, over the years I've come to really like them.

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Rob,

Is the sensitivity turned all the way up? How long have you had the car.

When I bought mine I HATED the auto wipers. However, over the years I've come to really like them.

Had it since last spring which in Washington is plenty of time to try out the wipers. I've got the sensitivity all the way up.

Another annoyance of mine is the lack of exterior courtesy lighting when you disarm the alarm in the dark. My wife's several year old GMC is nice when you approach in the dark and the exterior lights come on at a push of the remote, one of several user customizable features. It's beginning to register with me that the Japanese build a good solid car but don't have near as many of the user customizable features figured out as the Americans do.

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I have a 2007 ES 350.

But IS IT POSSIBLE to disable the rain sensing wipers? I miss the manually controlled wipers and want a way to turn off the automatic feature. The "off" text on the wiper control stem is apparently useless.

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Yes...here in Texas we have drizzle too! Lexus "rain sensing" wipers are a JOKE. They suck. I want my ES300 intermittent wipers back. I'm totally disappointed that Lexus would put such a poorly performing feature on their automobiles. It shows that poor engineering and product testing was done before committing to production. A big BOO to the Lexus/Toyota engineering team for this lemon.

So I just spent two hours figuring out how to solve the problem. I won't bore you with the details but what I figured out is that if you DISCONNECT the rain sensor the ECM unit (which controls the windshield wipers) will think that the "rain sensing" option is not installed. In this case the ECM reverts to speed adaptive "intermittent" mode. Hurray! That's just what I wanted! Above 20mph the intermittent period will shorten and below 20 mph it lengthens.

The wire going to the sensor module has a latching connector. Squeeze the latch properly and the connector will unplug.

Presto! You're done! You now have speed-adaptive "intermittent" windshield wipers. The adjuster ring on the wiper lever sets the wiper period.

I call this the "Charlie in Texas" mod.

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Yes...here in Texas we have drizzle too! Lexus "rain sensing" wipers are a JOKE. They suck. I want my ES300 intermittent wipers back. I'm totally disappointed that Lexus would put such a poorly performing feature on their automobiles. It shows that poor engineering and product testing was done before committing to production. A big BOO to the Lexus/Toyota engineering team for this lemon.

So I just spent two hours figuring out how to solve the problem. I won't bore you with the details but what I figured out is that if you DISCONNECT the rain sensor the ECM unit (which controls the windshield wipers) will think that the "rain sensing" option is not installed. In this case the ECM reverts to speed adaptive "intermittent" mode. Hurray! That's just what I wanted! Above 20mph the intermittent period will shorten and below 20 mph it lengthens.

The wire going to the sensor module has a latching connector. Squeeze the latch properly and the connector will unplug.

Presto! You're done! You now have speed-adaptive "intermittent" windshield wipers. The adjuster ring on the wiper lever sets the wiper period.

I call this the "Charlie in Texas" mod.

Pictures, pictures, please!

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I got to try the wire disconnect. The rain sensing is a complete waste of technology and use.

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I got to try the wire disconnect. The rain sensing is a complete waste of technology and use.

LOL. The rain sensing wipers are one of my favorite features of my RX!

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It annoys me too that it does it when it's snowing all the time. There are times when not using the wipers is better when it's snowing, especially when it's dry snow -- those who live where it snows a lot should know what I'm talking about. Otherwise, I like it too on my RX.

However, my concern is when I'm using my remote starter. If there's snow on the front window, and I start the engine remotely, would the wipers still work? I was hoping this only works when the gear is not in PARK.

Thanks!

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It annoys me too that it does it when it's snowing all the time. There are times when not using the wipers is better when it's snowing, especially when it's dry snow -- those who live where it snows a lot should know what I'm talking about. Otherwise, I like it too on my RX.

However, my concern is when I'm using my remote starter. If there's snow on the front window, and I start the engine remotely, would the wipers still work? I was hoping this only works when the gear is not in PARK.

Thanks!

Um... Turns out this feature can be turned off on an RX350 (just got one a couple of days ago). Also, if you leave it on and remote start. It will actually activate when it senses humidity on the windshield. Not exactly a good situation if you happen to have a thick layer of snow on the windshield.

Cheers!

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I found an even easier way to revert back to normal intermittent wiper operation - just unplug the rain sensor connector above the rear view mirror. You have to remove the plastic cover (no tools required), but it's easier than getting to the wiper ECU on my 07 RX400h. I suppose I could install a switch to easily enable/disable the rain sensing function.

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Yes...here in Texas we have drizzle too! Lexus "rain sensing" wipers are a JOKE. They suck. I want my ES300 intermittent wipers back. I'm totally disappointed that Lexus would put such a poorly performing feature on their automobiles. It shows that poor engineering and product testing was done before committing to production. A big BOO to the Lexus/Toyota engineering team for this lemon.

So I just spent two hours figuring out how to solve the problem. I won't bore you with the details but what I figured out is that if you DISCONNECT the rain sensor the ECM unit (which controls the windshield wipers) will think that the "rain sensing" option is not installed. In this case the ECM reverts to speed adaptive "intermittent" mode. Hurray! That's just what I wanted! Above 20mph the intermittent period will shorten and below 20 mph it lengthens.

The wire going to the sensor module has a latching connector. Squeeze the latch properly and the connector will unplug.

Presto! You're done! You now have speed-adaptive "intermittent" windshield wipers. The adjuster ring on the wiper lever sets the wiper period.

I call this the "Charlie in Texas" mod.

Pictures, pictures, please!

I found an even easier way to revert back to normal intermittent wiper operation - just unplug the rain sensor connector above the rear view mirror. You have to remove the plastic cover (no tools required), but it's easier than getting to the wiper ECU on my 07 RX400h. I suppose I could install a switch to easily enable/disable the rain sensing function.

Disabling the AUTO feature is probably the best option. The original system is just too funky. I had an Audi A4 with AUTO wipers which ran perfectly. I think Lexus needs to spend some time with German and Hungarian engineers who have the Audi and MBenz systems working as they should.

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Hi guys!

Luckily, it's not raining today so maybe here in the Mid West we''ll start to get a hold of some signs of spring.

Regarding the auto-windshield wiper feature, I really like it. I had the feature on my 2010 ES and now on my 2013 ES, as well as our 2013 RX. They come on when their suppose to, I can select the speed and I can select the sensitivity of the auto-on feature.

The only complaint I have is when you first start the car, and pull away from the curb, The auto sensor will not kick in until you lower the wiper on stalk and then after that things go fine.

Paul

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For my 2005 ES330, I wanted to disable the rain sensing functionality because it did not work. Variable intermittent wiper functionality is what I wanted. I had read in this thread and in another that simply unplugging the 4 pole wiring connector at the sensor was sufficient to have the system revert to variable intermittent wipers. This is not the case, at least not for my 2005 ES330.

However, it is possible to revert to intermittent functionality by removing the sensor lens from the sensor assembly. Once one has popped the sensor and its cover off the windshield, the lens can be accessed. It can be easily removed by pushing outwards on two plastic tabs that hold it in. Once the lens is removed from the assembly, reinstall the remaining sensor assembly with cover. Then make sure to plug in the P4 wiring connector. Now the wipers revert to variable intermittent wipers. At the '+' setting, the wipers will wipe every 2 seconds. At the '-' setting, the wipers operate every 10 seconds or so. The intermediate settings are 3 and 5 seconds IIRC. 

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