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    Default Rear Window Heater - broken

    I've been going around the car, and fixing little problems here and there.

    I've found why the rear window heater doesn't work. One of the terminals has broken off the window. This is the positive side, as I've tested it and seen 12VDC getting to that point.

    Is there a way to remount this? I was thinking of giving it a gentle clean, maybe get some solder to flow on it, and then just push the piece on to the window with the iron.

    The only issue I have with this is, will the window heater get hot enough that the solder weakens and comes off?

    Any ideas what I can besides replace the rear window?

    I don't mind living without it, But it would be nice if I have it.

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    There used to be aproduct that was availbe from REPCO to repair windscreen heaters

    try this link http://www.frostfighter.com/ff_troubleshoot.htm

    and http://www.autoaccessconnect.com/perrearwinde.html
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    There used to be a product called cold solder which you squeezed out of a tube and it hardened in air. havent seen it for years. may be still available

    I dont know if I'd risk hot solder

    other options are double sided tape to hold the terminal tag onto the window but put a wire ( which could be soldered to the tag whilst off the window) so its jammed between the tag and the tape and looped to the other side of the tape which is then secured to the window.
    or (and I havent tried this to vet it) is to mix iron filings in some araldite.


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    From Bitter experience do not try to solder - use an adehesive with a high silver or gold content which is what is in the kits I described.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meggsy
    There used to be aproduct that was availbe from REPCO to repair windscreen heaters

    try this link http://www.frostfighter.com/ff_troubleshoot.htm

    and http://www.autoaccessconnect.com/perrearwinde.html

    loctite make a product to repair the tabs but the other one to fix the lines on the screen is NLA but if you are lucky you may be able to find some old stock somewhere

    i'll be attempting to fix the 604 one in the next few weeks as i only have a couple of partial bars working

    it's either that or put another screen in the car
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    I have fixed one of these by soldering before. but using a conductive glue would be easier if you could find some

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    This guy has some http://www.noelsautoparts.com.au/Dyn...20Products.htm

    It's about half way down the page (search on demister). There is an online store and the cost is just under $20.

    edit: also this may work http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView...Max=&SUBCATID= but it is probably better if only fixing a broken wire in the demister.... not sure if it would allow you to reattach the connector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintermute
    This guy has some http://www.noelsautoparts.com.au/Dyn...20Products.htm

    It's about half way down the page (search on demister). There is an online store and the cost is just under $20.

    edit: also this may work http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView...Max=&SUBCATID= but it is probably better if only fixing a broken wire in the demister.... not sure if it would allow you to reattach the connector.

    Tony.
    You coul try and pry the demister tape from the winow just a bit so you could solder another terminal on without heating the glass then glueing it back onto the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooch Goodwin
    You coul try and pry the demister tape from the winow just a bit so you could solder another terminal on without heating the glass then glueing it back onto the screen.

    Cooch
    Glue why didn't I think of that you could also glue the terminal to the screen (5 minute araldite??) and then run a track from the heater to the terminal with the conductive varnish.... might work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintermute
    Glue why didn't I think of that you could also glue the terminal to the screen (5 minute araldite??) and then run a track from the heater to the terminal with the conductive varnish.... might work

    Tony.

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