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Old 08-26-2014, 05:09 AM
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Re: Australian windscreen replacement

A windscreen is a windscreen. Unless there's a physical imperfection in the direct line of fire interfering with the rain sensor, any reputable windscreen will do the job.

Personally, I wouldn't put Rainex in the area of the sensor, because the sensor depends on the presence of water droplets to work. Rainex will prevent that, possibly impeding the auto function from working.

(I'm an ex-autoglass specialist.)
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Re: Australian windscreen replacement

Page 99 of the SRT manual:
Use of Rain-X or products containing wax or silicone may reduce Rain sensing performance.
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Re: Australian windscreen replacement

For me, that is a bonus. I have auto turned on, but I actually hate having wipers come on too frequently, so using a glass sealant does a doubly good job, first it clears the water off quickly, and secondly it reduces the amount of wiper action. WIN WIN.
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Re: Australian windscreen replacement

I can post an update on our experiences with the new windscreen - and as you already know it was genuine Mopar from the dealer.
We had the phantom wipe issue for several days - dealer couldn't find any problems and there is no program to calibrate the auto function.
So - the car fixed itself and the auto function has worked fine ever since. The wipers start about exactly when I would have reached for the switch. Definitely no argument with how the auto operation works.
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There is a difference in the auto headlights now - they come on earlier in dim light and take longer to go off.
The auto high beam also is less sensitive and will switch to high more readily. Dips fine against oncoming traffic or other ambient light.
Quite noticeable against how it operated with the previous windscreen.

There is no difference in the appearance of the new glass, but there must be a fraction of difference in how the light comes through the glass to the sensors. Certainly it can be noticed in the way the system works.

The way the system behaved before was great and now is still great. Without a comparison any owner would not notice.

If your insurance is going to cover a screen, I would still recommend a Mopar screen - given what I now know.
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