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#1 bottletree

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:15 PM

Is it possible to fit a windscreen demister to an LX model? If there's one optional extra i would love and which i feel should be standard on ALL cars because its a safety issue is the windscreen demister.Who gives a damn about the rear window. I dont drive in reverse all the way to work in the morning :angry:
Does anyone have a clue on cost and if its possible? :huh:

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:45 PM

Is it possible to fit a windscreen demister to an LX model? If there's one optional extra i would love and which i feel should be standard on ALL cars because its a safety issue is the windscreen demister.Who gives a damn about the rear window. I dont drive in reverse all the way to work in the morning :angry:
Does anyone have a clue on cost and if its possible? :huh:


I suppose it is really. But would cost money. I've got an LX which has just been partially converted to a Ghia. It's got a dash with the front demister button fitted. But obviously if I wanted to make it work (which it doesn't, and probably never will), I'd need to buy a "heated" windscreen which I'd imagine would cost around £200. And then there's the case of fitting the circuit from the switch to the windscreen. Which I have to be honest, I know nothing about.

But basically, it wouldn't be a cheap job.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 08:37 PM

Ford had the patent for the front windscreen demister for a few years and you would have thought it would be standard on all their cars. But alas its not. Its such a vital thing to have i think i would be tempted to spend close to 300 to have it done. Will look into it.Its worth it if i have the car for the next 6 or 7 years.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 08:46 PM

Was it Ford who first thought of it? :o

I was expecting a gadget like that to first be seen on a Merc S-Class. :lol:

I agree with you though, it's such a simple idea. And if it's standard on every car for the back window why the hell are they not doing it for the windscreen?!

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 09:10 PM

Was it Ford who first thought of it? Posted Image

I was expecting a gadget like that to first be seen on a Merc S-Class. Posted Image

I agree with you though, it's such a simple idea. And if it's standard on every car for the back window why the hell are they not doing it for the windscreen?!



youll need more than 300 quid by the time you get the screen tyhen the fitting then get the wiring done which originally cionnects to the heated washer jets

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 09:12 AM

On a side note to this, Ive already got the heated winscreen but only half works, I understand this means the screen will need replacing (Its chipped anyway). Anyone had this screen replaced before and how much I can expect to pay? Its a Mk1 Focus Zetec.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 09:40 AM

Is it possible to fit a windscreen demister to an LX model? If there's one optional extra i would love and which I feel should be standard on ALL cars because its a safety issue is the windscreen demister. Who gives a damn about the rear window. I don't drive in reverse all the way to work in the morning :angry:
Does anyone have a clue on cost and if it's possible? :huh:

In my experience the heated front screen is a mixed blessing. In certain conditions, such as low sun or oncoming headlights, the elements show up and impair vision. Also if the screen is chipped there's a strong possibility it'll crack if used on a freezing morning due to heat stresses.

I also run an old Rover 75 and that has a demisting button which puts on full blower to the screen, aircon and full heat. It clears the screen in literally seconds, a lot faster than the heated screen on my Focus.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 10:43 AM

'I also run an old Rover 75 and that has a demisting button which puts on full blower to the screen, aircon and full heat. It clears the screen in literally seconds, a lot faster than the heated screen on my Focus'.

The Focus also has this feature whereby the air con comes on and clears the inside of the screen in seconds. The point of the heated front windscreen is to clear frost/ice in the winter from the outside of the screen which the blowers are not able to do.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 10:59 AM

Point taken. However the other issues are still valid.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 11:21 AM

I just had a thought actually. There's quite a good compromise if you use the air conditioning to clear the screen. I've done this and it clears it rather quickly.

And the Mercedes Sprinter we use in work has a "quick clear" button for the screen. But the screen isn't actually fitted with an element. Press the button and it sets the air-con in a certain way to clear the screen.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 11:51 AM

That's because the aircon dries the incoming air but, as hillmangimp pointed out, it's no good for clearing the outside of the screen.

My Focus is the first car I've owned with a heated front screen and, as I said, I find the elements can make it more difficult to see under some conditions so I wouldn't necessarily want another.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 12:15 PM

Aircon is very useful all year round, a lot of people I know think its a summer only thing but in the winter its very good for keeping the windows steam free. Regular use of aircon also helps to keep it operational and less likely to sieze up due to lack of use.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 12:30 PM

Agreed. Regular use is recommended to keep the compressor and seals lubricated.

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 12:53 PM

On a side note to this, Ive already got the heated winscreen but only half works, I understand this means the screen will need replacing (Its chipped anyway). Anyone had this screen replaced before and how much I can expect to pay? Its a Mk1 Focus Zetec.

Most insurance excess are around 75 for a screen. Not to bad i think :o

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 07:48 PM

Most insurance excess are around 75 for a screen. Not to bad i think :o


I've already tried to go through my insurance company, They're only willing to replace it with a normal windscreen as the 'heated' feature isn't covered.

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