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    Hi All,

    Just put my car through for MOT and while it was in asked them to check why the rear heater wasn't working. Came back with the elements were blown, any idea if i can just buy a new one off the shelf and do a straight swap or is it not that easy.
    Had someone say that I would have to buy new rear window but surely that can't be right.
    Any help appreciated, also any rough ideas on cost would be great, like to keep them lowish coming up to Christmas, don't think the wife would understand me spending her present money on the car!!!

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    The elements are bonded to the glass, so a new window is the only option if you can't find and repair the breaks in the elements with conductive paint. Try going along each element with a voltmeter (one end on chassis ground) to see if you can find any breaks. You can get repair paint from motor factors.

    In the 1970s you could get stick on elements (because not all cars came with demisters then). But to be honest they tended to fall off and set fire to the parcel shelf more often than they actually worked!

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