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2005 toyota solara convertible rear window defroster

The rear window defroster doesn't heat up very much and doesn't defrost. the main 40amp fuse is OK and all other fuses are also all OK. tested the grid and can get it to go to ground - so i don't think the problem is the grid on the window.

toyota wants $95/hour for up to 6 hours to find out where the problem is.

Thoughts on what I can do to find it??

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  • jeffwingo Jan 06, 2009

    My 2007 Camry Solara Convertible defroster also turns on but does not heat. The dealer tested it and found that current reaches the defroster, but it is totally ineffective. Out of curiosity on a frosty morning, the dealer tried the defrosters on several new 2008 or 2009 Solaras. They reported to me that the problem exists on those vehicles too. It is an obvious design flaw that they should fix.

  • larry5099 Jan 21, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 2006 convertible. The dealer claims it works, but it wont even make a mark when fog collects on the inside.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Wow $95.00 an hour is cheap, $120 here.


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2006 Solara Comvertible - same problem as everyone else. The defroster just stopped working (well, 2 lines in the upper portion work somewhat) several months back. The light comes on and obviously power is there since 2 of the lines do something. The dealer also told me the WHOLE top would have to be replaced...thousands of dollars. I thought I might have to replace the window but apparently that can't even be done. They actually told me a repair kit exists to do it yourself at Pep Boys, yet they won't attempt to fix. Pep Boys confirmed kit exists but won't tounch it either, Window replacement company won't either. So, again the consumer is screwed, I guess. Obviously if those paid to do mechanical work can't or won't do it, why would a novice be able to? I am so angry! No more Toyotas for me. My buying experience was a whole other story that turned me off from this car to start with. Probably when someone gets killed, they will be forced to look at this. Convertibles are notorious for poor visibility in the rear and now with the windshield completely frosted or covered with snow and iced while driving due to the weather conditions, it is UNSAFE! Is there any help for this problem?

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May be the switch

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  • thisisyouicu Jul 05, 2011

    I bought a certified '05 solara in October 2009. Defrost didn't work; several dealerships 'tested' the grid and said it coded fine. I contacted the '800' Toyota customer service line and the rep agreed that the defrost should do something when engaged and submitted a ticket for me at a local dealership to resolve the problem. When the service manager finally witnessed himself no change in the window he tested the grid lines again following all the way across the window. He found that while the grid lines had full current on either end, he tested across the window and by the time he reached the middle of the window, the current had continuously diminished until it was nonexistent. After all said and done, Toyota replaced the top because unlike Chrysler (my experience with both the LeBaron and Sebring convertibles was fantastic: I put 200,000 miles on each with rear defrost that worked fantastic with no problems) you can't just replace the rear window.
    However, less than one year later the defrost tabs had detached and the vendor that installed the top reattached them; now, less than another year later they have detached again and I'm told by experienced auto glass and convertible top reps that once a defrost tab has been reattached once, if it comes detached again, it will never remain attached after that and that the top is essentially defective because the tabs detached within the first year of installment. The vendor with whom the Toyota dealership contracted to install the top is battling with their supplier to replace the top. It isn't looking good.
    Bottom line: the rear defrost in the 2005 Solara is a poor design. At the very least, it should be designed such that one need only replace the glass instead of the entire top. A definite shame since I very much like the rest of the car design. It's a fantastic convertible otherwise.


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