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Rear Defroster?

Hi all,

I purchased a 2008 Ridgeline this summer. Winter is approaching and I just realized that because my Ridgeline has a sliding back window, it doesn't have a rear window defroster (I live in Northern Ontario, so our winters are cold).

Can anybody tell me whether I'm facing an entire winter of not being able to see out my back window?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 08:23 PM
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Re: Rear Defroster?

Very Very rarely is one ever needed. The few times it fogged up I just opened the sliding rear window and closed it. ChrisM had made a home made defroster for his rear window but I don't think he has ever used it in 7 years of ownership
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Very Very rarely is one ever needed. The few times it fogged up I just opened the sliding rear window and closed it.
Hey Richard. I questioned the same thing, but like CUinaRidge mentioned, this is all I do too, and it does the t-rick!

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Re: Rear Defroster?

I just used my Defroster for the first time last nite in my RL. I imagine that in a small-ish cabin such as this, the regular Defroster will work quite quickly in clearing out the windows. Or with Defroster on does air come out of the rear AC/Heat Vent; I keep mine mostly closed/off. If so, then with high fan speed that rear window might clear out fairly fast I'm guessing.

Noticed one thing, wiht Defroster on, the Temp knob on drivers side controls Temp of both knobs; temp #'s were moving up/down simultaneously as I adjusted drivers side knob. Did not know this before.

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I live in northern Ontario and i've never had a problem with it.I leave mine on vents as much as possible and set the two outside ones towards the window so it can make its way to the back easier.

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Or with Defroster on does air come out of the rear AC/Heat Vent

The rear AC/Heat Vent only work when the HVAC is set on vents.
That could be a another reason why I have not had a problem with rear window fogging.I leave my rear vents on and pointed up as well.


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I live in one of the colder parts of UT and I have never had any issues. I do recall once when I had both my boys and my dog in the back and it fogged up a bit, but 3-5 mins later with the defrost on it was gone.
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Re: Rear Defroster?

You shouldn't have any issues. I've had my truck for 7 years here in Central WI and I can only think of a handful of times where the back window got fogged up to the point I could not see through it. Almost every time was when I had a full vehicle, everybody was wet from rain or snow, and the humidity level got pushed up high enough where the back windows fogged up a bit.

Just have to remember not to shut your AC off when the defrosters are running. The AC runs and pulls most of the moisture out of your cabin so your windows won't fog up under normal circumstances.

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Thanks for the feedback, everybody - much appreciated!
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