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Old 05-02-2014, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a new windshield in my 2011 Kizashi SLS. Now, each time I start the car, the windshield wipers swipe once. This is when the wipers are set to the "Auto" setting. The sensor still works when it rains. I called the windshield place and the dealership and they have never heard of such a thing. I know with some BMWs you must reset the sensor when you get a new windshield. Anyone heard of such a thing?
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Rain / Light Sensor Initialization (If Equipped)
Rain / Light Sensor Setting Description
Rain / light sensor has a reference amount of light reflected off the windshield in memory. The rain-sensing wiper system controls wiper operation based on change in amount of the reflected light. After doing any of the following service operations, the reference light amount value in sensor memory is cleared or changed, so the sensor must be initialized.
• Replacement of rain / light sensor
• Replacement of windshield
Initialization
1) Check that vehicle is in the following conditions.
• There is no dirt, dust or air bubbles on windshield mounting surface of rain / light sensor.
• Ignition mode of keyless push start system is in “OFF”.
• Wiper and washer switch is OFF.
• Lighting switch is OFF.
• Wipers are at park positions.
• Temperature around rain / light sensor is 5 to 40 °C (41 to 120 °F).
• Vehicle is stopped.
• Wiper interval adjustment switch (1) is as shown in figure.
[wiper1 image]

2) Push engine switch to change ignition mode of keyless push start system to “ON”.

3) Check that clearance lights are flashing at 1-second interval.
NOTE:
If clearance lights operate repeating a 3-second on, 1-second off cycle, rain / light sensor may be abnormal. Perform diagnosis in this case.

4) Operate wiper interval adjustment switch within 4 seconds in the following procedure.
a) Set wiper interval adjustment switch to 1.
b) Set wiper interval adjustment switch to 5.
[wiper2 image]
[A]: – [B]: + 6. Wiper interval adjustment switch

5) Check that clearance lights flash at 0.5-second interval and that flashing stops within 10 seconds.
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Thank you so much for the information! Please forgive my ignorance, but it makes reference to a flashing sequence of the clearance lights. What exactly does that mean? I carried out the procedure, but no luck.
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No idea sorry. I don't even have auto wipers on mine.

Perhaps pull the trim off around the mirror and check they've actually refitted the sensor to the windscreen (I guess you should be able to see it through the windscreen from outside?) and plugged it in. It's supposedly held on with a silicone adhesive pad- so they would have had to change it over from your old screen.
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Clearance lights are the marker lights. They flash to indicate you are in programming mode.
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Clearance lights are the marker lights. They flash to indicate you are in programming mode.
I think the issue is they didn't flash. I can't see anything in the first couple of steps that I'd consider "abnormal" - that would force the vehicle to enter the programming mode (ie. they're all normal everyday switch positions that are listed.)
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That online service manual is a nice find! I'll add it to my references on the car.
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