Rear window defrost 1999 Plymouth Neon - where is it?
Went to Auto Zone to buy a fuse for my rear window defroster and when I look at the fuse diagram, I can't figure out which fuse to replace. Dude inside Auto Zone says 'your car might have multiple fuse boxes'. I say, "how do I know where it is?" He's like "sorry, I can't help with that". Can someone PLEASE give me an idea? Ideally, I need to know "#7" or "#10". Thx in advance.
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Re: rear window defrost 1999 Plymouth Neon - where is it?
Well it's like this... i've never owned a neon but the two places for fuse panels are under the dash and in the engine compartment near the battery. the one in the engine compartment will have a plastic cover over it. admittedly there are other places auto makers "hide" them.... in the glove box.... behind a plastic sheild on the sloping panel beside the steering column.... and inside the foot panels on the drivers side or passenger side... just have to look around. i have a friend that has a neon.... i'll try to run into them if you cannot find it.
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check the heating element (the metal traces on the window) for breaks. a break will cause the circuit to not be complete and power will not flow. if you find a break, there is repair kits for it at auto parts stores. also check fuses. just because the indicator lamp is illuminating does not mean that power is making it to the back of your vehicle.
If you have a good fuse, you hear the defrost relay clicking then I would say ....
If you can use a multimeter you can look for power at the back window.
If you have power but arent getting any heat you can then use the multimeter on continuity check to track down the break in the rear window heating grid. *(some cars put the grid between two pieces of glass or use coatings on the exterior...if yours is one of these the test I described will not work).
You put the tester on continuity and touch the leads together and see if you hear a beep sound. That's good continuity. Now turn off the defroster at the switch. Putting one lead on one of the window power contacts you can then use the other lead to see how far the grid has continuity. When you find no continuity, you have located the break!
Be patient, there could be more than one break.
There are places to shop online where you can buy the conductive paint to patch the break in your window grid.
rear defrosters are an apllied film of semi metalic strips and if you get you windows tinted often the tint man accidentally nicks these strips cuasing the defroster to malfuction check for breaks in the srips