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Windscreen wiper question- sweeping water back onto the windscreen

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We've had our volt for a few years now, and we've noticed at consistently when we're using the windscreen wipers and there's plenty of rain being swept from the glass, both blades seem to pull the water back onto the windscreen after sweeping the water to the edge. It's often that after the blade moves back from the edge of the windscreen to return to the centre of the glass to sweep again, about 6 inches wide or more of water is pulled back towards the drivers field of view, and also the same on the passenger side.

It's rained so infrequently here over the last year that I'd forgotten about it for awhile, but my wife mentioned it to me again today, and we're wondering if it's an adjustment, or if they're all just like that.

Does anyone have any thoughts? I've had a look through the forum and I couldn't find any other posts raising the issue.


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I experience this as well.

More so when I had "universal" left and right wipers
A LOT more when I had the left and right wipers reversed (the airfoils were in the wrong place)
Less so when I had true left and right wipers on the car in the right positions.

Gen 1 Wiper reference here

It always happens at least a bit to me.
I'm pretty sure it's a function of the aerodynamics when moving, but I've never tested it.
Honestly I use RainX (going to try Aquapel soon) and rarely actually use the wipers when at road speeds.
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