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Master Thread 2021 M3LR heated steering wheel Discussion thread

blue3LR

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Mar 16, 2021
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Topeka
I'm curious if my VIN xxx8602xx has the plug or not, but no way I'll check it myself. Ha ha. Hopefully other owners with a slightly earlier build than mine will have the 'eggs' to do that. Ha ha. My wheel is the 'vegan' one, which looks the same as now, therefore it's possible. Just checked on my app, and if I turn on climate, the steering wheel is not there, and I do have the latest software version. My guess is the wheel doesn't have the hardware, but maybe I'm wrong. And if I am wrong, why the hell Tesla didn't activate it already, if our LR cars were supposed to have it from a while back?
869XXX (12/20 M3LR) here with no extra plug. Presumably my car came after yours.
 

blue3LR

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Mar 16, 2021
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Topeka
If you have the blue connector at the bottom, you have a wheel that is capable of heating. If you don't, you don't.
Some of the other shots showed the heater wire routed through under the right scroll wheel. The bottom routing method looks more secure so hopefully that's the new method.
 

Jaenonymous

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Jun 28, 2020
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Westerly, RI
Ive taken the knowledge of knowing my vehicle does not have the heated steering wheel, and made use of it. A bit off-topic, but there is a guy here in Rhode Island who creates amazing custom steering wheels using real carbon fiber and leather that come out extremely well. Placed an order and will have it next week. I think itll look legit with my white interior and exterior.

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Durzel

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Jul 17, 2019
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Grew a set and looked under the airbag. 856XXX 12/3/2020 build does not have the heater. Im almost glad though as Im stoked for the new wheel coming.

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Does that sticker to the right say Gentherm on it?

I would like to say that I wouldn’t want anyone to make purchasing decisions (e.g. buying new wheels) or get too down about what I’ve said. I could ultimately be wrong, the stuff I’ve said is basically based on the current working theory about changed parts etc from a few different sources.

The harness on the car has always been made by GENTHERM, it appears. To add some confusion in the mix - this company appears (from Google) to specialise in heated components, so you’d think their part would be for that purpose? (heated steering wheel)

I’m basing this of the fact that you can find the steering wheel harness for sale in various places, without the extra blue connector, but made by GENTHERM. For example: TESLA MODEL 3 STEERING WHEEL PLATE BRACKET MOUNT W/ HARNESS OEM 2017 - 2019 ✔️ | eBay (check the photos)

GENTHERM make stuff for heated steering wheels as well as regular “positioning” harnesses and cables. It seems to be the case - again a theory - that Tesla simply used this company to supply both heated and non-heated harnesses.

in short - nothing is certain, I’m just a random guy trying to research this stuff.
 
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Irata

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Oct 16, 2020
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I would like to say that I wouldn’t want anyone to make purchasing decisions (e.g. buying new wheels) or get too down about what I’ve said. I could ultimately be wrong, the stuff I’ve said is basically based on the current working theory about changed parts etc from a few different sources.

The harness on the car has always been made by GENTHERM, it appears. To add some confusion in the mix - this company appears (from Google) to specialise in heated components, so you’d think their part would be for that purpose? (heated steering wheel)

I’m basing this of the fact that you can find the steering wheel harness for sale in various places, without the extra blue connector, but made by GENTHERM. For example: TESLA MODEL 3 STEERING WHEEL PLATE BRACKET MOUNT W/ HARNESS OEM 2017 - 2019 ✔️ | eBay (check the photos)

GENTHERM make stuff for heated steering wheels as well as regular “positioning” harnesses and cables. It seems to be the case - again a theory - that Tesla simply used this company to supply both heated and non-heated harnesses.

in short - nothing is certain, I’m just a random guy trying to research this stuff.

I wasn't suggesting it meant heated, I wanted to check the harnesses are both made by the same supplier.
 

TunaBug

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Mar 27, 2021
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Kirkland, WA
@TunaBug ... touch the fan icon, then look at the tabs on the left... it's the bottom tab. You'll find the heated seats and heated wheel controls.

Doh! I obviously didn't look that far.

I think they could have reasonably allowed us to tap the steering wheel icon on the first page that shows in response to tapping on the fan icon. But Seattle has mild enough winters that I don't personally expect the heated wheel to be used all that often.
 

Durzel

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Jul 17, 2019
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Bath, UK
Interesting video here, pertains to the Y but the part number is the same so applies:


Basically confirms two things said previously:
  1. The heated wheel has that extra blue connector at the bottom front of the wheel

  2. The option to heat the wheel doesn’t appear without Tesla coding it to the car (which the guy in that video wasn’t able to get them to do - he said the tech couldn’t find the option to do it

 
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