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Does anyone else notice that the wiper blades seem a bit slower than other cars? In a pretty decent rain here the other day I kept reaching for the wiper control to increase the speed even though it was already maxed out.

Anyone use the aquapel on their front windshield and happy with it? Seems I have heard yes and no to putting it ont a window with wipers.
 

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I noticed that too on my 2017 Volt. The Volt's windshield wipers may not cycle as quickly as on some other vehicles but they get the job done. I appreciate the adjustable range of the intermittent wiper setting, works much better than the automatic rain sensing wipers on my Ford Fusion that never could detect a light rain.
 

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Does anyone else notice that the wiper blades seem a bit slower than other cars? In a pretty decent rain here the other day I kept reaching for the wiper control to increase the speed even though it was already maxed out.

Anyone use the aquapel on their front windshield and happy with it? Seems I have heard yes and no to putting it ont a window with wipers.
I haven't noticed slow wipers on my 2012 or any of the Gen 2 cars I've driven personally. I do use Aquapel on my '12 and love it, but never noticed any issue prior to the application.
 

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At the higher wiper speed setting the Gen II Volt wipers are noticeably slower than on my last vehicle (2011 Ford Fusion). In a heavy rain (automatic rain sensing mode) or when set on high the Ford's wipers would work overtime.

It's not that the Volt's wipers are not adequate, they are fine. I have driven in heavy rain with no issue. The Volt would not be my first choice for a foul weather vehicle but since it is my only vehicle I have no choice but to drive the Volt in bad weather or else I stay home.
 

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Maybe it's not the wipers slowing down but it's the rain that's coming faster. Haven't you had unusually heavy storms there this winter?
 

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I sort of felt the wipers were a touch slow myself, but then again the wipers on my jeep are 16" and the wipers on the Volt are 26" so that really affects my perception with them.
 

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The storms have been a bit heavier here in northern california, but that mostly relates to the length of the storm, the amount in instantaneous rain is no different than past years. I think it's pretty clear that there are plenty of cars with 'faster' blades. I'll try the aquapel on the front window and see if that helps.

To answer an earlier question, yes, I am moving from intermittent to low and then to high.
 

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I've been using Rain-X on all my vehicles since 1987 (New England, NY, now California). Never had to use wipers on "fast speed" on any of them. Also makes wiper blades last many times longer.
 

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Best I can tell, the fastest full cycle setting is 1 per second, which clears the windshield every 1/2 second.

Not the fastest I've seen, but not slow. Usually if rain comes down so hard that 1/2 sec is not enough, you should probably be driving fairly slow due to poor visibility no matter how fast the blades cycle. Or hydroplane or drop into foot deep pothole or run over a board with nails, etc.
 
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