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Old 11-04-2018, 06:25 PM
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1993 RRC: I press the heated windscreen button, the button illuminates, I hear a click behind the dash, the light goes out on the button, and that's it.


I have a replacement relay for the heated windscreen and spent 20 minutes trying to remove the kick panel to find the relay. I couldn't get very far - the panel looks like it runs behind the steering column near the steering wheel. I removed the lower screws and pried it back a little, but didn't want to stress 25-year old plastic too much. I can't pinpoint the location of the relay. I also have a crack running diagonally across the bottom of the windscreen, crossing some of the filaments. Would that affect functionality of the heated screen?

Any suggestions for gaining access to the relay?
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:05 PM
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The panel is easy to remove. There are the 2 lower screws which you know. There are also others up top. One on the far left side and one on the right by the dash dimmer. The last ones are behind the vent on the left side.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:49 PM
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Thanks for the diagram. The hangup seems to be in a piece of the panel that runs behind the upper steering column, right behind the steering wheel. It's like the panel wraps continuously behind the shroud that covers the stalks, light switch, etc. I can pull the panel out from the bottom a few inches and create a gap large enough to stick a few fingers through with a flashlight, but the panel doesn't want to move any further than that. I can peer through a gap by the upper left vent and see a lot of wiring and relays, but I can't actually make enough space to manipulate anything back there.

Looking at your diagram it appears that I am missing the screws concealed by the vent louvre. That might help. I'll give it another go this week if it's not dumping rain.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:21 AM
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Yeah once you get those last screws out it should slide right out. You will have to unplug the dimmer & pop out the bulb check unit once the panel is dropped.
Reinstalling takes a bit to get everything lined up nicely.

Been raining tons here too. Finally was able to plant my garlic this past Sunday.
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:09 AM
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How did you make out? Just had mine replaced with dash out for the heater core / blower repair. BTW, the relay I purchased didn?t work and another one had to be bought. Make sure it works before putting it back together.
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:07 AM
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Haven't gotten back to it yet, but I'll post an update when I do.
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Old 11-18-2018, 05:55 AM
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Can't help with the relay question, but I have 2 D2's with heated windscreens. One is cracked across the bottom where the PO let the wiper arm snap down without a blade. That one defrosts like a picket fence. The other one is cracked along the top and doesn't suffer such issues. I got a price for new (Piikington) glass on the one I plan to keep driving and it's about half of what it was 10 years ago .
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