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Is anyone else seeing that the rear wiper blade on the Q3 is not very good. In fact, it doesn't really work at all.

The ultimate question is does anyone know the model or type so can buy a replacement from a better company?

I called my local dealership and the guy said he can replace it with the stock one, but I dont want that same low quality one thats already on there, as it really doesnt "wipe" the windshield when its in use.
 

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It should work they it is suppose to. Does the window have a film or maybe the blade is worn. When I picked up my Q the rubber was out of position. If I replaced mine it would be with the OEM as they fit. No adaptors.

Try cleaning the rubber with an alcohol wipe. And if it is not wiping well check the arm for the proper tension. Or the arm could be slightly bent .
 

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The window does not have a film. In fact I cleaned the window with Vinegar to ensure it was haze free. I will try and clean he blade today with alcohol, but it hasnt worked since the day it I picked it up (5 months ago) and I'm only now frustrated enough to deal with it, especially with the NE Winter coming...
 

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Also, how do i tell if the arm is bent or doesn't have enough tension? And is this something I can adjust in my garage here at home?
 

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Also, how do i tell if the arm is bent or doesn't have enough tension? And is this something I can adjust in my garage here at home?
No do not try to adjust it yourself. Refill blades are not that expensive. Simply try a new one (OEM).
Also....maybe the windshield has a wax film that vinegar won't take off.
The rear rubber blade should work as well as the front blades. Is the blade making 100% positive contact. Did the arm bend from a auto carwash.
Do be care. The arm is spring loaded. Can snap and crack the windshield. If you are not sure what to do have the dealer handle it. If you think it came that way at delivery contact Audi corporate. It should be a simple not expensive fix.
 

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Thanks all. Tonight I went out to my garage and inspected the wiper and windshield completely.

I found a few problems and resolved them.

1. I did see that the rear windshield did have this sort of waxy film on it, and I noticed the more I wiped it with my microfiber car wash towels, the more it spread...I realized actually that the towels, even though washed in hot water after every use, still had some sort of wax on them and I was spreading that onto the window as I tried to clean the rear windshield. I spent some time with a fresh cloth cleaning up the windshield, and now its free of the wax.

2. I noticed the rubber portion of the wiper blade was not secure behind the metal strip the runs through the length of the wiper blade. After re-attaching that rubber strip, the wiper then wiped the read windshield like it should have from the day I got the car. This probably happened one of only 2 times I have allowed the car to go through a car wash (and only due to cold weather). NOTE: a big smile cause it means the rear wiper blade that Audi OEM's isn't crappy; as I had previously thought.

Problem Solved!

:)

-Bill
 
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