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Heated Wing Mirrors?

Little Red Monster Jan 22, 2014

  1. Little Red Monster

    Little Red Monster Member

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    I am the proud owner of an Audi A3 1.8 TFSI Quattro. I have noticed that the heated wing mirrors do not appear to come on when I switch the rear screen heater on? Do the wing mirrors work independently?
    When it is damp/wet in the mornings there is often a coating of condensation on the wing mirrors. My previous vehicles would allow me to get rid of this by turning the rear screen heater on? Am I missing something?
     
  2. snakehips

    snakehips Well-Known Member

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    The switch on the door that controls the mirrors has a setting far right to set them to heat.
     
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  3. andywil13

    andywil13 Active Member It's my birthday

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    i much preferred it on the same button as the rear heater - it keeps getting left on with that knob!
     
  4. JohnM100

    JohnM100 #teamSepang VCDS Map User Gold Supporter

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    Firstly, congrats on the purchase.

    With the mirror switch set as Snakehips mentions, the mirrors are heated for a pre defined time (~10 mins) and then cycle on very reduced power for the rest of the journey to keep them dry. Very useful in the wet weather when you may only need to use the heated rear window once.

    You can check real time power usage in the DIS using the steering wheel buttons - I think it's called efficiency programme to show auxiliaries.

    John.
     
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  5. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    I leave mine permanently in the heated position this time of year. As John says, they turn themselves off after 10 minutes then only cycle for short periods to maintain the heat, so it's not much extra really.
     
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  6. Little Red Monster

    Little Red Monster Member

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    Thank you one and all, good advice all round.
     
  7. jet_andy

    jet_andy Active Member

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    Some further advice which may prove useful - RTFM!
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2014
  8. seadoo180

    seadoo180 New Member

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    So if I want the auto dip feature left on (I.e selector set to left) do I have to switch over to the heat position to get the mirrors to heat up? They don't just come on based on temperature?
     
  9. Scott

    Scott Well-Known Member

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    One would assume so otherwise the 'heat position' is pretty pointless.
     
  10. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    Yep, pretty much it. You can have heat, or mirror dipping. I've never used the mirror dip on mine though (reversing camera pretty much removes the need for it).
     
  11. Rexus

    Rexus Active Member

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    Sounds a bit bonkers to me. Does that mean that if you have selected your mirrors to heat because it's an icy day, you them have to switch to dip when reversing the car then back to heat each time? Where's the sense in that?
     
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  12. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    Yep
     

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