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Chicago service center and vent exchange

Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by kevincwelch, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    Has anyone requested that Chicago service replace your driver's side vent to fix the fogging issue?

    Just curious to know who has done this and how it has gone.

    I really haven't had any fogging issues in the past month since I've been preheating the cabin, so I will likely wait.

    (Still need to replace my front passenger door handle and check the window seals.)

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  2. outnumbered

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    kevincwelch - How does this fix address the fogging issue? While on a test drive with the car in the Oak Brook store, the Tesla person was constantly adjusting climate control to help try to control the windows from fogging.
     
  3. kevincwelch

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    I don't know the details, actually. But the drivers side disproportionately gets more fogged up than the passenger side. So, this is either a blower issue or a physical ventilation duct/diffuser issue that they are replacing.

    Some of the issue with fogging is related use of recirculated air v. outside air, but there is a physical problem as well.

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  4. kcveins

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    I haven't had much of an issue so far, so I figured I would wait and get it fixed once they have a chance to catch their breaths.

    Only issue I have is of the windshield crack, but they said it would take 1-2 weeks to get the windshield in, and then they would send someone out to fix it, so that way I wouldn't have to go to the service center in the city.
     
  5. kevincwelch

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    Sorry about the windshield....one of the few things I am dreading might happen still...that and the 12v death.

    I have almost zero problems with fogging, and I suspect that it is due to preheating. So, I will wait as well.

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  6. FlasherZ

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    I'm debating requesting that they not change the vent in my car. While I do experience some fogging, I can clear it up by hitting the vent on the pano roof, and I just don't want that ugly vent up front. What I have now looks elegant.
     
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    #7 kevincwelch, Mar 19, 2013
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    Ugly vent up front? What does it look like? Pictures?

    EDIT: found the thread.

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  8. Al Sherman

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  9. kevincwelch

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    Was just about to edit my post. :)

    I don't think it looks that bad. Not too different from other cars I've owned. But, I will probably wait until next fall before installing it.

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    Agree, I can live with that if it ends the fogging issue.
     
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    I asked for them to fix the vent/fogging issue before delivery. They politely said no. I got the impression I had to get the MS, determine it fogged and then bring it in.
     
  12. kevincwelch

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    Indeed. I tried to visualize that area as I sat in my car this morning. It seems as though from my vantage I would not be able to notice the vents too much.

    The only drawback of this vent solution is that I will have to stop placing my M&Ms on the dash.

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  13. PattyChuck

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    Don't worry, Kevin. They have a thick candy shell!
     
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    We've had the new grills installed and it made a huge difference. The windshield and driver's window stay completely clear now.
     
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    That's good to know.

    What HVAC settings were you using before that were known causes of fogging (or lack of defogging) and are you able to use those same settings now?

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    kevincwelch -

    Actually, prior to the modification it didn't much matter what settings we used, other than punching up the defrost button which, as you know, creates a LOT of noise. We tried directing the airflow only to the windshield by using the A/C pop up controls, and that did most of the windshield but didn't help the driver's window at all. There really wasn't much airflow - or perhaps air pressure -- through those little perforated grills under the windshield.
     

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