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rear defroster question

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by saz25, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. saz25

    saz25 Member

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    Hi, Today was attaching my rear license plate on my 3 week old S85D and noticed something strange about the rear defroster lines.

    I haven't tried to use the defroster yet so I don't know whether I have a problem.


    I noticed that the lines are not contiguous. There are breaks within a line. How can that work if there is no continuity?


    I noticed at least 4 places where the lines seem broken with an 1/8 of an inch missing..

    Here is an image, though not good quality. Its hard to get a closeup of that area without a better camera.
    But you can see the gap.


    Any thoughts? Is this normal?
    thanks in advance.
    def1.jpg
     
  2. fwgmills

    fwgmills Supporting Member

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    My wife's GMC Yukon has the radio antenna embedded to the rear passenger window. Could Tesla have done that on the rear window?
     
  3. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    I think it must be an antenna. Most of my past cars have not had these vertical segments, and I can't see how they'd be beneficial to defrosting.
     
  4. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX;S90D;XP100D;3LR

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    I was told by a Tesla employee that the antenna for opening the charge port is on the hatch window.
     
  5. saz25

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    On a related point, when I took delivery, the SC actually taped the paper temp plate on the inside of the rear window. I thought nothing of it till I got home.

    Isn't that a bad thing to do since it can lift the defroster lines?

    I was VERY careful when I removed the taped temporary paper license plate.


    The line breaks I saw were not in the area where he taped the temp plate though. But it still seems like a bad idea to do that.
     
  6. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Could be for that and for the fob when your at the back opening the trunk. I've noticed I have to move well up the side of the car for the handles to extend, but I can be squarely at the back of my locked car and release the hatch with a press of the hatch button.
     

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