Rain sensor XC70 self install

Discussion in 'Volvo C70' started by jadder, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. jadder

    jadder Guest

    Has anybody added on a 3rd party self install windshield mounted rain
    sensor to their XC70 (2001)? Any brand recommendations? Does Volvo do
    this? how well does it work? Thanks for any info/advice/experiences.
     
    jadder, Sep 11, 2005
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  2. This is one gismo that I wouldn't want to use. When and at what speed
    to turn on wipers doesn't just depend upon rainfall, it depends upon
    traffic, splashes, cleanliness of the windshield, time of day, position
    of the sun if it is out also, oncoming headlights and many other
    factors. I think this is a very stupid idea since the visibility
    problem is right in front of your eyes and the control is at your finger
    tip.

    On the other hand, I use cruise control constantly, even on back roads
    and some city streets. It is my way of not getting speeding tickets.
    I set my speed to a safe speed below where they start giving tickets and
    let it control. The fastest way to get between two points is to
    accelerate quickly to just below the enforcement level and stay there.
    Cruise is the best way to do this.
     
    Stephen Henning, Sep 11, 2005
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  3. jadder

    Randy G. Guest

    I agree. Adjustable intermittant additions are nice but "auto on"
    devices are a waste of time and money.
    Cruise also has its place on long trips as beign able to move your
    legs about prevents cramping and blood loss which also slows reaction
    time. It is also good for people with leg or lower back problems.


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    \__/olvos
    '90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
    "Shelby" & "Kate"
     
    Randy G., Sep 12, 2005
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  4. jadder

    Mike F Guest

    Just because you have this feature, don't think that's the only way the
    wipers will come on. You still can disable the automatic setting, and
    you can still manually turn the wipers on as well. It just gives you an
    additional way of activating the wipers. I drove a friend's Mercedes in
    light mist on the highway equipped with this feature, and it worked very
    well - at lower speeds the interval stretched out, and at higher speeds
    the wipers came on more frequently. Never once did I think the wipers
    had wiped too late.

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    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
     
    Mike F, Sep 12, 2005
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  5. But the Mercedes didn't have a 3rd party self install module did it?
     
    Stephen Henning, Sep 12, 2005
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  6. jadder

    Mike F Guest

    No, but you seemed to talk in general terms, and so was I. I have no
    experience with it, but I know Hella has (had?) a kit for the 850/S70
    that plugged in in place of the interval relay. You then stuck the
    sensor to the windshield somewhere the wiper wipes, so you end up with
    the old interval switch position becoming "auto", and you still have
    Off, as well as High and Low positions. I would imagine any kit for a
    newer car would work similarly.

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    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
     
    Mike F, Sep 13, 2005
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  7. jadder

    jadder Guest

    thanks for the opinions. I am not car savvy at all, I just love the
    function that was factory installed in my mother's 2004 XC70, so I'm
    trying to replicate it in my 2001. This is what I've been looking at:
    http://tinyurl.com/c8t9c

    Just wondering if this sounds like something a complete car ignoramus
    like myself can install and whether or not it will work in my Volvo.
     
    jadder, Sep 14, 2005
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  8. jadder

    Mike F Guest

    I would say if you're not comfortable cutting and splicing wires, then
    your current car is not a good one to learn on. Also any part that has
    "Note: In case of faulty operation during use, especially in the rain,
    immediately turn off the device and operate the wipers manually." in
    the *sales* info may not be a good one to buy.

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    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
     
    Mike F, Sep 15, 2005
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