Installing rear wipers on my Hyundai Venue SX+

What a relief it has been in the torrential rains for the past month here, down south.

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This is a pretty straightforward installation if you have all the parts handy and this can be done easily on any variant of any car as far as the respective car's top-end model came with a rear wiper because in most cases, you will need the rear glass of the specific model with the hole to fit the wiper motor and the wiper.

I would rate the difficulty as a medium since I am a noob in electronics, electricals and its working. I had tested it as DIY with the help of a friend and we confirmed the wiper motor working before changing the rear glass. I had to give to an expert for proper routing of wires since I did not want to damage any stock fitments. For them, this was just an hour's job. All you need to do is find the right connector if you do not want to slice wires, an area to get current to the stalks(can be taken from anywhere) and a wired connection from the stalk to the wiper motor and that's it. Works like a charm.

NOTE: My version of Venue (SX+ DCT) had the rear defogger as stock and that made it a whole lot easier. Lower variants that do not have this have to purchase the defoggers separately.

The parts diagram, courtesy of a local Hyundai showroom. You can avoid using connectors if you get the entire wiring system of this particular area, but comes at a cost of Rs 17.5k, which is definitely eye-watering.

The parts arrived in a weeks time.

The old stalk

The connectors of the old stalk. 6 of them. All for the front wiper and washer.

In Venue, you can order both stalks separately and here we need only the left control stalk from SX(O) manual variant.

The pins of the new stalk. An extra number of 4 pins compared to stock. The first was current coming into the stalk and the next 2 is current out and earth. For the rear washer to come back to the original position, there has to be current always in the motor circuit and this was taken from the fuse box using a connector and we avoided the rear washer piping altogether as I intend to use this setup in rainy season only(I guess most do!). This was primarily done to avoid drilling on the spoiler. You need a separate part to be fixed into the front washer reservoir and extra hoses to connect from it. Yes, this works too and many have done it already on Creta base variants.

The tailgate wiring has to be procured too. This includes a coupler for the rear wiper motor. The left side is the new one and the right side was stock.

This is how we tested in-house. We might have blown a fuse or two in attempting it(lucky we did not), but I desperately wanted to try it at home before changing the rear glass. You can see the 6 stock wires starting from orange and ending in black. These controls the various actions for the front washer and wiper. We took a current from the front wiper(from the wire next to the green. Light brown is it?) and gave it to the first one of the 4 new pins. And took an out from 2 pins next to it and the wiper motor started working. This was when we saw light at the end of the tunnel. The original switches worked when the current was given this way. Now we needed expert hands to route the wiring along with the stock wiring and also wanted to use connectors and a separate fuse for the rear wiper alone. I knew I couldn't do it alone and sought the help of a local shop dealing with the electricals and electronics of automobiles.

Here you can see the 4 pins on the bottom and the last pin was left out.

The final look of the coupler to the stalk. Neat isn't it? That's what experts could do and I couldn't (Laziness did not allow me to)

The fuse box. The extra fuse is accessible and the red thing in the background is the connector.

And does all this help? You can bet on it. What a relief it has been in the torrential rains for the past month here down south.

And last, the parts needed. Everything except the sealant for the rear glass is listed here. Prices are approximate, with 90% accuracy. I had fixed the glass at Hyundai itself as I have a trusted SA here.

Thanks, everyone. Happy motoring!

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