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Intermittent wipers...am I crazy?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by d10k6, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Dec 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM
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    d10k6

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    I have intermittent wipers on my '09 Tacoma. To control the speed on the intermittent setting I turn the wiper control. The control has a graphic on it that shows which speed setting you are on.

    I am wondering (this is going to sound dumb) what this represents? On every other vehicle I have owned if you selected the longest "bar" on the graphic it represents the longest delay before the wiper goes again. By turning the dial to the shorter bars, it then shortens the delay between wipes. On my Tacoma however this is the opposite, the longer the bar the faster the wipers go. Is this the same on all Tacomas or is it just mine?

    My Montana and Camry work the way I describe above (long bar = long delay).

    Am I crazy?

    ~d10
     
  2. Dec 6, 2010 at 9:49 AM
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    Pugga

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    Gotta admit, I never gave much attention to the decals... I just know when I turn the knob, the wipers go faster. I believe mine is the same way. I wouldn't worry about it, it will not affect the performance of the vehicle.:D
     
  3. Dec 6, 2010 at 9:53 AM
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    d10k6

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    I had not really noticed either until I had to drive my wife's van last night for the first time since I bought my truck, and it happened to be raining.

    I just thought it was weird or I was crazy.
     
  4. Dec 6, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    mwells32

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    I have noticed the same thing. My Camry is the opposite of my Tacoma.
     
  5. Dec 6, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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    jtav2002

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    Never noticed the decals on any of my vehicles intermittent wipers. Just turn the switch and don't even think about it.
     
  6. Dec 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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    New way to look at it = more wipes per minute? :rain:
     
  7. Dec 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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    Mark C.

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    Yep! Most others are opposite the Tacoma. Go figure! It is bass akwards from all others I have seen.
     
  8. Dec 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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    TACOMA TRD

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    mine too..ut oh someone screwed up at the factory.
     
  9. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    05Moose

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    That's neither here nor there.:D

    It depends on which wiper stalk you got. Toyota used to have those dashes represent the delay between wipes. It's even stated that way in my owner's manual. But in later years, they began changing that to mean something more like rain.

    Old Method: Bigger dash = more (longer) delay
    New Method: Bigger dash = more rain (less delay)

    This began to vary among the various toyota models a few years ago. And in fact, they began swapping out these new stalks in the Tacoma. So older Gen 2 models have it representing delay, and newer models have it representing rain. This really drives me nuts because my 05 Taco is how all the Toyotas we've ever owned have always been, but we recently got a '10 Highlander and it's the opposite (new methodology). It now means one thing in one vehicle, another in the other vehicle. I'm now constantly turning it the wrong way in both vehicles because I can't keep them straight anymore. One interesting note, the owners manual for the '10 Highlander does not address which way to turn the knob for delay, whereas the owner's manual for the Taco does.
     
  10. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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    pauls2ndblessing

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    I noticed a week ago, same way here :confused:
     
  11. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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    I dont have intermittent wipers:pout:
     
  12. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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    I've notice that on my '10 also. I just figured somebody got a wire crossed at the factory.
     
  13. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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    Wait your truck came with wipers??:D



    I just use rainx. I hardly use the wipers.
     
  14. Dec 6, 2010 at 12:47 PM
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    This could be why I had such a hard time figuring out the intermittent wiper thing.
     
  15. Dec 8, 2010 at 7:54 PM
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  16. Nov 6, 2011 at 8:42 AM
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    I just wish the delay had more intervals.:(
     
  17. Nov 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM
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    One mine the longer bars = longer delay.

    I think on my Volvo longer bars = less delay...

    :confused:
     
  18. Nov 6, 2011 at 9:09 AM
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    ya they are backwards I honestly think someone at the factory is just a little a slow and they still have not fired him
     
  19. Nov 6, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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    You have a true Japanese truck. They read left to right. Or, backwards to us.
     
  20. Nov 6, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    Hey billybobsgoat, the delay is anything you want between both extremes. You're not limited to the notches you feel when you turn it. You can set it in between those indents.
     
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