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Pinter 08-07-2012 03:16 PM

How to tell if windshield is heated?
 
Hi all,

I need to replace my windshield and they keep asking if it's heated or not and i am not sure. The current windshield is not heated but I think it has been replaced before and not sure if they put the proper windshield back in.

If I need a heated, I would like to replace it with a heated as it's $100 cheaper but if it's not heated from the factory, then I will go with a normal one.

My car is a 2006 Legacy Sedan Limited non-turbo with leather and auto climate control. I do see a button on the left of the dash beside the steering wheel that looks like it's suppose to turn on something but does nothing when I push it so maybe it's for a heated windshield?

Thanks

:confused::confused::confused:

dr_sharp 08-07-2012 03:26 PM

1. Look at your owners manual:
http://www.subaru.com/owners/resourc...ls/search.html

2. Go to chapter 3: Instruments and Controls
http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/117...5M0604A_11.pdf

3. Go to 3-38 and see pictoral of the button that would be there if you had front windshield deicer.

4. If you have the button, flip a coin. If the coin is heads, you have (or should have) a heated front windshield. If the coin is tails, you have (or should have) a heated front windshield.

c-lo 08-07-2012 03:33 PM

that button is most likely for your side view mirrors and windshield.

And a heated windshield is NOT cheaper then a non heated. believe me....I've replaced a few on this car.

dr_sharp 08-07-2012 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by c-lo (Post 4016414)
that button is most likely for your side view mirrors and windshield.

Page 3.39 says side mirror heaters are activated by the rear defogger.

landark 08-07-2012 03:43 PM

Go look at the base of your windshield under your blades and see if it looks similar to this:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....wrx-review.jpg

lee07 08-07-2012 03:47 PM

button/the only button out of 3 spots on the left side near where your left knee would be

ur a bus 08-07-2012 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by landark (Post 4016423)
Go look at the base of your windshield under your blades and see if it looks similar to this:

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....wrx-review.jpg

Negatory. Only true for the OE glass, and maybe a few replacements. I have had two replacement heated windshields that don't have the visible orange elements.

Pull the passenger's A-pillar inside trim off. If the glass is heated, you will see the wires running down. If it isn't, you will see a plug with nothing pluggged into it.

kongzilla 08-07-2012 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ur a bus (Post 4016434)
Negatory. Only true for the OE glass, and maybe a few replacements. I have had two replacement heated windshields that don't have the visible orange elements.

Pull the passenger's A-pillar inside trim off. If the glass is heated, you will see the wires running down. If it isn't, you will see a plug with nothing pluggged into it.

Well then, you must of got jibbed. :spin:

dr_sharp 08-07-2012 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kongzilla (Post 4016440)
Well then, you must of got jibbed. :spin:

You mean they don't make invisible heaters??? :lol:

InnocentGuns 08-07-2012 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dr_sharp (Post 4016449)
You mean they don't make invisible heaters??? :lol:

Heating elements under glass not in glass for cost savings? probably not.

Diavolo 08-07-2012 04:33 PM

the previous owner or dealer i bought my car from (used) had replaced the winshield before with a non heated. so when it came time for me to replace it, i didnt know i had one until i saw the wires when the glass was out.
i live near san francisco, so i dont see snow or ice. no biggie for me.
plus it saved me some $$$$$$

do you get ice or snow where youre at?
down by your mirror controls theres a button to turn it on.
switch is bottom left.

http://www.cars101.com/subaru/legacy/OB07vdcswitch2.JPG

c-lo 08-07-2012 04:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dr_sharp (Post 4016416)
Page 3.39 says side mirror heaters are activated by the rear defogger.

really? I always thought they were activated by my windshield button.....least that's when I noticed mine comes on.

dr_sharp 08-07-2012 05:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by c-lo (Post 4016531)
really? I always thought they were activated by my windshield button.....least that's when I noticed mine comes on.

I always thought the same thing too until I just scrolled to that page :lol:

c-lo 08-07-2012 05:33 PM

maybe that's my problem...I never RTFM!:lol:

Pinter 08-08-2012 07:00 AM

Hey all and thanks for the help.

As for the heating elements on the windshield, I do not have them however I am 99% sure the glass was replaced before I bought it.

I do however have the left button from this picture below (not talking about side mirror buttons)

http://www.cars101.com/subaru/legacy/OB07vdcswitch2.JPG


Does this mean I have a heated winshield?

As per the side mirror heaters, they turn on when I turn on my rear defrost.

I do live in Canada so a heated windshield would be great to have!

Any other opinions? I am still not sure but seems like since I have the button I have it. I will look in the A pillar for wires tonight!


Also the heated windshield is about $100 cheaper as it's more popular.


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