Jump to content


Photo

Rear & Front screen heater


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 57focus

57focus

    Member

  • Budding Enthusiast
  • PipPip
  • 17 posts
  • Ford Model: Focus
  • Location:

Posted 11 January 2010 - 08:20 PM

Hi I am a relatively newby and would like to ask an opinion from anybody kind enough to listen.
I have a 57 plate Focus Zetec. I have noticed, with the weather being so cold lately that when I turn the ignition key to start the engine, sometimes the rear and/or front screen heater comes on without me actually pressing the switches (the switches are illuminated). It doesn't always do it and it seems to only do it when it is cold. I was just wondering if it happens to anyone else? Is it something that happens automatically in the cold? (thermostat or something) Or is it a fault with the switches? If it is a fault it's going to be very hard to get rectified as it does't happen all the time. These intermittent faults are always a swine to locate and rectify.
Much appreciated for any opinions.

Have something to contribute?

Sign in or register to start a topic...



Sign up to FOC Premium Membership To Remove These Ads

#2 DeeBe

DeeBe

    Feet Under The Table

  • New Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 104 posts
  • Ford Model: Peugeot 308 Sport/Peugeot 207 Sport

Posted 11 January 2010 - 09:09 PM

Hmm, I'm quite a Newbie to Fords myself, but mine doesn't do that at all, I always have to switch mine on. I could be wrong though - it's not unknown!

#3 DONFRAMAC

DONFRAMAC

    Feet Under The Table

  • New Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 235 posts
  • Ford Model: Fiesta Mk6 1.25 Zetec Climate '58 reg

Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:32 AM

This has only happened on my '58 reg Fiesta Mk 6.5 Zetec Climate, if I left the car with a heater-timer still not timed-out. Then on return to the car, unlock, and start again, the timer would resume where it left-off.
I sometimes think that my timers last too long, especially the rear screen/door mirrors one.

#4 rickyp

rickyp

    Member

  • New Member
  • PipPip
  • 11 posts
  • Ford Model: focus

Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:19 AM

.

#5 rickyp

rickyp

    Member

  • New Member
  • PipPip
  • 11 posts
  • Ford Model: focus

Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:19 AM

Hi i too have a 57 focus zetec climate and mine does it occasionally but i think its to do with it being a certain temperature??

#6 hillmangimp

hillmangimp

    Feet Under The Table

  • New Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 138 posts
  • Ford Model: Focus 2.0 TDCI
  • Location:

Posted 12 January 2010 - 08:26 AM

I have a 55 plates Zetec. On these if the cabin heater is set to the demisting position the air con comes to aid with the demisting process (even if the air con has not been switched on). The front and rear window heaters do not come on in my car but it is an earlier model than yours so this may be a feature that was added for newer models.

#7 57focus

57focus

    Member

  • Budding Enthusiast
  • PipPip
  • 17 posts
  • Ford Model: Focus
  • Location:

Posted 12 January 2010 - 06:57 PM

Hi i too have a 57 focus zetec climate and mine does it occasionally but i think its to do with it being a certain temperature??

Cheers rickyp at least somebody else is experiencing the same thing so I'm not on my own then. Perhaps it is designed to do it below a certain temperature !!!!!!

#8 stuarthunt

stuarthunt

    Member

  • New Member
  • PipPip
  • 14 posts
  • Ford Model: Focus 1.6TDCi Zetec Climate
  • Location:

Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:45 PM

My '07 plate does this. It is designed to do it when the temperature is low enough for ice to form. I believe this is a feature of having the climate pack.

#9 bt_cav

bt_cav

    Feet Under The Table

  • New Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 331 posts
  • Name: Brian
  • Ford Model: focus
  • Year: 2004
  • Location: Lanarkshire

Posted 12 January 2010 - 08:39 PM

Hi I am a relatively newby and would like to ask an opinion from anybody kind enough to listen.
I have a 57 plate Focus Zetec. I have noticed, with the weather being so cold lately that when I turn the ignition key to start the engine, sometimes the rear and/or front screen heater comes on without me actually pressing the switches (the switches are illuminated). It doesn't always do it and it seems to only do it when it is cold. I was just wondering if it happens to anyone else? Is it something that happens automatically in the cold? (thermostat or something) Or is it a fault with the switches? If it is a fault it's going to be very hard to get rectified as it does't happen all the time. These intermittent faults are always a swine to locate and rectify.
Much appreciated for any opinions.



Am I right in thinking that screen heaters come on before the engine has started? If so Im surprised that it is wired to allow that, in most cars screen heaters will not work untill the engine is started, to avoid drainning the battery.

#10 57focus

57focus

    Member

  • Budding Enthusiast
  • PipPip
  • 17 posts
  • Ford Model: Focus
  • Location:

Posted 12 January 2010 - 09:06 PM

Am I right in thinking that screen heaters come on before the engine has started? If so Im surprised that it is wired to allow that, in most cars screen heaters will not work untill the engine is started, to avoid drainning the battery.

Funnily enough I only noticed this too myself the other day. I noticed that the rear screen heater comes on when the ignition key is turned to the stage 1 prior to the engine starting. But the Front screen heater comes on only when the engine is started. I must say that this does seem strange to me.

#11 FMC

FMC

    Too much time on the boards

  • New Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 673 posts
  • Ford Model: Fiesta mk7 Zetec-S TDCi + Eibachs

Posted 12 January 2010 - 09:28 PM

All modern Fords do this when the frost light is on when you start the engine (i.e. outside temp is at or below 4C)

One of Ford's more useful ideas i find!

:)

#12 57focus

57focus

    Member

  • Budding Enthusiast
  • PipPip
  • 17 posts
  • Ford Model: Focus
  • Location:

Posted 13 January 2010 - 10:13 AM

All modern Fords do this when the frost light is on when you start the engine (i.e. outside temp is at or below 4C)

One of Ford's more useful ideas i find!

:)

Yes I agree a good and useful idea, to a point!!!
Personally I only switch on the screen heaters when needed, ie when screens are misted up or frozen over. So if you've been on a long drive for instance, stop the car, get in it again shortly afterwards, I find there is no need for the screen heaters to come on if the screens are clear even if the frost light is on.
Just my opinion anyway.

#13 thesilverfox

thesilverfox

    Too much time on the boards

  • New Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 725 posts
  • Ford Model: Focus

Posted 13 January 2010 - 12:29 PM

I have the climate pack et al, and while mine never automatically puts the heaters on, I have a one-touch defrost button (fans to 8, blower to screen, aircon, front and rear screens etc).


Not what you're looking for?

Register now, we have a huge community of enthusiasts to answer any questions you might have



0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users