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Heated wheel not so hot after update

Discussion in 'Model S' started by powaking, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. powaking

    powaking Member

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    I’ve noticed that since 50.7 (maybe even 50.1 but can’t recall using this feature then) that the wheel heater isn’t as hot as it used to be. Before my wheel would get quite hot to the point that I would have to eventually turn it off. Now it just gets warm. Not sure if this is an adjustment where it’s in line with the cabin temp setting or just a bug (my cabin was set to 75 when I paid attention to this).

    Anyone else noticed this with the new update or is it just me?
     
  2. FatherTo1

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    I wondered the same thing! Thought it was my imagination at first. I distinctly recall times when I felt the steering wheel heater is too hot and wish it had different levels besides just on/off. Post-update, the steering wheel doesn't get nearly as hot and now I wish it would get a tad warmer. I am never satisfied, lol.
     
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  3. boaterva

    boaterva Supporting Member

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    Have to test this myself if MCU 1 cars ever get the 40.50 update. I’ve always thought the same about the heated steering wheel. Thought it was made for subzero (F) conditions and never could leave it on more than a few minutes.

    But I’d rather have it too hot than just warm with no way to turn it up if needed. Now if it had three settings...

    I’m wondering if turning it down is even possible , though. Can an OTA update even do this? Always thought it was so mechanical this wasn’t an option.
     
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    ucmndd Well-Known Member

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    They obviously capped the voltage to prevent a fire.

    Just wait til the batterygate Illuminati hear about this one.
     
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  5. thegruf

    thegruf Active Member

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    agree I found it too hot so rarely used it.
    Good if they have indeed update this.
    No doubt Tesla can just pwm the heater - maybe we get a 1,2,3 setting on hte MCU Cold weather tab like the seat heaters to keep everyone happy.
     
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  6. Navsarin

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    So I’ve noticed when the external temperature is above a certain number, the amount of heat varies. I could be wrong here but living in Canada, heat is a must have for 6-7 months of the year.

    During days above 15c...nice enough but not really warm, the steering wheel gets to a comfortable warm. As it dips under 10c and into the single digits centigrade, I’ve noticed it heats up to that borderline burning hot to the touch.

    Noticed this for 3 seasons now...
     
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  7. powaking

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    Temps hasn't been too cold here past few days but will try to pay closer attention to what the outside temp is and how it compares to the temp of the steering wheel. Right now its warm to the touch without gloves to the point where I don't even turn it off. Before it was pretty much turn it on the warm up the wheel then turn it off shortly afterwards. Would be nice if they eventually get around to putting a 1,2,3 setting. Even a setting with or without gloves would suffice.
     
  8. JRMW

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    Mine is also much less warm than in the past. Not sure if it varies with the temperature but I don’t think so
     
  9. aerodyne

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    Mine has not changed a bit. Have not updated software in months, plus I don't have the cold wx package...
     
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