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Where are the wiper defrosters?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Matias, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. Matias

    Matias Active Member

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    I'm puzzled over winter package's wiper defrosters. Where are they? Previously I thought that this structure is the heating element, but when I measured with surface thermometer, they don't seem to have any effect whatsoever.
    So where are the wiper defrosters? Or is there something wrong with my car?

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  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    They are supposed to be in the windshield.
     
  3. green1

    green1 Active Member

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    Those are definitely the defrosters, they aren't there on cars without the cold-weather package. Maybe yours aren't working right? or weren't turned on?

    I know I had them on a previous (non-tesla) vehicle, and they did almost nothing useful, so I wasn't heartbroken when my inventory purchase didn't have them.
     
  4. Andyw2100

    Andyw2100 Supporting Member

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    From the manual:

    De-icing Wipers...If Model S is equipped with the optional cold weather package, you can de-ice wipers by touching Controls > Cold Weather > Heated Wipers. Wiper heaters automatically turns off after 15 minutes.

    De-icing Washer Nozzles...If Model S is equipped with the optional cold weather package, washer nozzles have deicers that turn on whenever the ambient temperature nears freezing, or when you turn on the heated wipers (Controls > ColdWeather > Heated Wipers). The washer deicers turn off when the heated wipers turn off (after 15 minutes), provided the temperature is warm enough to prevent freezing.
     
  5. MorrisonHiker

    MorrisonHiker S 90D in Shadow Mode

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    It would be nice if the 15 minute time was configurable. Over the recent Thanksgiving weekend, I drove over 500 miles to return home and had freezing rain, sleet and ice for over half the trip. If I'd been in a Tesla, I would've had to turn on the heated wipers at least 16 times.
     
  6. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Annoying.
     
  7. GasKilla

    GasKilla No Gas Know Peace

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    check out this video, about 4:35 into the clip you can see the wiper defrosters.

    Tesla Model S Heated Seats Subzero Weather Package [Infrared] - YouTube
     
  8. Matias

    Matias Active Member

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    OP Here. I took the car to service and wiper defroster heating element is broken. Needs wind shield replacement. Warranty covers.
     
  9. GasKilla

    GasKilla No Gas Know Peace

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    That's good to know. Did you watch that video I posted?
     

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