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    Heated rear screen information!

    Just thought i would share this information as it might be of some use to help others.

    The problem was the rear heated screen suddenly stopped working the other day so i check fuse and that was fine?

    I checked the positive and ground on the heated elements on the rear screen and they were in good order and making good contact.
    quick check to see if there was power to the rear screen and there was none.

    I checked for power to the relay (drivers side boot panel) no power.

    I then discovered the problem!




    There was a wire trapped behind the torx screw, torx screw loosened off and as if by magic.

    Let there be power!



    Russel confirmed everything was in order



    Hope this might be of help for people to check
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    Heated rear screen information!

    Haha. I like the kettle

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    Heated rear screen information!

    Fucking hell - someone ticked all the option boxes
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    Quote Originally Posted by cforehead View Post
    Fucking hell - someone ticked all the option boxes
    That's right I ticked all the fuckin boxes and still drew a blank as to the problem of no power to the heated screen! Just poining out a fact that something as simple as a trapped/bent poorly connected wire can be the fault. Just sharing knowlage of my findings today to help others in the same situation.

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    Heated rear screen information!



    I was just making a joke about the built in kettle - no disrespect to your guide; it could come in useful for the similarly afflicted
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    Heated rear screen information!

    Quote Originally Posted by steveo76 View Post
    That's right I ticked all the fuckin boxes and still drew a blank as to the problem of no power to the heated screen! Just poining out a fact that something as simple as a trapped/bent poorly connected wire can be the fault. Just sharing knowlage of my findings today to help others in the same situation.
    I think he said it as a joke about the kettle being a option
    I for one found Cforehead's comment funny
    And I also found your findings useful as my rear screen doesn't power up seems a bit trickier on a touring

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    Quote Originally Posted by cforehead View Post


    I was just making a joke about the built in kettle - no disrespect to your guide; it could come in useful for the similarly afflicted
    Sorry! My bad I have just re-looked at what you said. I'm a twat sorry pal

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo76 View Post
    There was a wire trapped behind the torx screw, torx screw loosened off and as if by magic.
    That wire will need attention
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    Quote Originally Posted by e36coupe-328 View Post
    That wire will need attention

    On the bottom of my list of things to do for now mate,,,The wire in question was crushed almost flat hence no current getting through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo76 View Post
    On the bottom of my list of things to do for now mate,,,The wire in question was crushed almost flat hence no current getting through.
    That's the trick,it's not a pipe, squashed makes no difference when you're talking pushing electrons along atom by atom. It's either cut or was shorted and shorted is unlikely, but it might well be likey to get hot with prolonged demister use
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