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Rear View Defogger

Post by SammyNitro » Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:56 am

Hi - I have a 2009 Vibe that I bought earlier this year - the warranty is about to expire and I need to know if it's normal that the defogger stays on. Even if I shut the car off and turn it back on, it remains on Is this a problem , or is this normal for this car ??Thanks

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Post by 09vGT » Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:19 am

Yep, it won't go off until you press the button again!

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Rear view defogger

Post by SammyNitro » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:15 am

My 2009 Vibe's rear view defogger does not turn off...even if i turn the car off and turn it bck on..it stll remains on. I bought it used..and it's been like this since i got it Is this normal on this model ?? Or do I have something wrong with it.

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Post by DoubleBaril » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:53 am

Almost sounds like someone hard wired it, or maybe there's a short? Did they also have command start installed on the car before you bought it?
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Post by 09vGT » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:43 pm

It will stay ON until you push the button again to turn it OFF.. Even if the car is turned off and restarted. It does NOT have a timer, so will remain on constant until you push it to turn it off. Just like the AC and circulation button, you push them, and they remain on even after the car is turned off and restarted. Don't be afraid to push it to see what happens, it won't explode!

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Post by Zimm » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:31 pm

that's weird. on my '10, it does have a timer and will shut off after about 10 minutes, and will turn off if the engine is shut off.being on all the time once pressed is outside the norm for any vehicle i have ever owned or driven, which admittedly does not include much seat time in other japaneese cars.
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Post by 09vGT » Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:24 am

Very weird.. Mine will stay on all day long!

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Post by zionzr2 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:46 am

Mine will turn off after 10-15 minutes and reset after turning the car off

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Post by 06pvibe » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:36 am

Ours too... and my Mazda as well.Rear defoggers didn't used to have a reset or timer and so people would forget they were on and they'd simply burn up!! Hence the reason a timer and reset functions were made std.Nope. Sounds like something is amiss to me... perhaps a stuck or malfunctioning relay. That's my best guess.Find the relay, probably under the hood, and give it a few taps w/the back of a screwdriver handle.
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Re: Rear view defogger (09vGT)

Post by tpollauf » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:55 am

Quote, originally posted by 09vGT »It will stay ON until you push the button again to turn it OFF.. Even if the car is turned off and restarted. It does NOT have a timer, so will remain on constant until you push it to turn it off.You are correct on this one Below is the quote from the owners manual:Rear Defogger): Press to turnthe rear window defogger on or off.An indicator light shows that it is on.Depending on the vehicle, the rearwindow defogger either stays on untilit is manually turned off or turns offautomatically after a set amount oftime. Clear any snow from the rearwindow.If the ignition is turned off, whilethe rear window defogger is on, thedefogger turns back on automaticallywhen the ignition is in the ON/RUNposition again.Also I've included the page from the owners manual. Enjoy

524343=15736-Rearwindowdefogger.pdf
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Post by ou.grizzly » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:19 am

Mine turns off after a set amount of time automatically
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Post by dayday » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:41 am

'09 here, and mine stays on until pushed a second time. Maybe a feature that can be changed with a TechII
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Post by 09vGT » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:42 am

Thats really weird.. "depending on the vehicle".. What would be the reason for some doing it.. and others not?

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Post by beemerphile1 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:25 pm

"According to the vehicle" That is really strange, I wonder why. Probably different option packages.Mine times off by itself and if you turn the ignition off and back on the defroster is off.What options do you have? Mine is the base with I think they called the comfort or preferred package. I'm not sure what they called it but it includes the door locks, power windows, etc. all lumped together.
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Post by BLargal » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:04 am

My 09 vibe's defogger won't turn off either unless I push the button, I was so used to my old car having it turn off automaticly that when I looked down and saw it was still on after an hour of driving I just figured it didn't turn off by itself and was like "woops" lol.

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Post by ColonelPanic » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:34 am

That's some craziness! Timers have been standard issue for a long time now, why go back to manual control? Seems like it would tax the electrical system a tad much if one forgot about it.
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Post by 06pvibe » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:07 pm

Agreed! And why on only "some" models?So many times in this world I would like to turn back the clock to simpler times. But this is not one of them.
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Post by tpollauf » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:56 am

Quote, originally posted by beemerphile1 »Mine times off by itself and if you turn the ignition off and back on the defroster is off.Drove the Vibe to a hockey game last night and on the way back I had to use the rear window defogger. It was on steady for the 15 min trip home and when I got home, turned the car off, then restarted it and NO defroster came on! This is what I would have expected and is the case with my Vibe GT. You must manually turn it on each time you start the car and it automatically turns itself off
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Post by 09vGT » Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:52 am

Is it bad to leave on the defroster for a long period of time?

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Post by 06pvibe » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:46 pm

Quote, originally posted by 09vGT »Is it bad to leave on the defroster for a long period of time? Besides drawing a lot of power, it can burn up/out. And if you want that tint of yours to stay nice for a long time, I wouldn't use it more than I had to. The direct heat of it affects the adhesive and will eventually cause bubbling and delamination.
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Post by Eloi » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:49 am

Quote, originally posted by BLargal »My 09 vibe's defogger won't turn off either unless I push the button, I was so used to my old car having it turn off automaticly that when I looked down and saw it was still on after an hour of driving I just figured it didn't turn off by itself and was like "woops" lol.Same for me. It's really weird that it doesn't turn off by itself...I had that feature on my old 1996 Sunfire and not on my 2009 Vibe...
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