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Old 01-12-2011, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I don't find this automatic system difficult to work with, but I'll start this thread because my questions didn't seem to meet the threshhold for the thread titled "Erratic Climate Control" and bacause others may have similar questions

My Outback has a factory remote starter that I use cold weekday mornings, so I leave the climate control settings (and seat heaters) the way I want them in the morning. I have more or less verified two things that are happening with my Outback:
1)The rear defrost has been turning on by itself.
2)The mode (vent) setting has changed to floor/windshield.

These are only a nuisance type problems and I am still trying to document the mode setting change. So I am asking fellow owners and my salesman if this is part of the system's programming. Anyone?
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I'm sorry, but have you read the manual?
On page 7-13:

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Models with automatic climate control
system:
After the system starts the engine, the
automatic climate control system will
activate the “FULL AUTO” mode and heat
or cool the interior to the predetermined
median (room) temperature. No pre-
setting of controls is necessary.
So, it is all "automatic" for you.
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I may have missed that part ...looks like it answers the mode question.
I don't see it applying to the rear defrost issue though.
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Yes, but I bet in this fully electronic climate control it also pre-programmed for specific temperature ranges.
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If the rear defrost was programmed to come on at low temps when the car is remotely started...it would make sense.
I'll see what Subaru comes back with.
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PHBMD,
I was informed by the salesperson that the Rear Defroster (also Mirrors and Wipers) automatically comes on if the Remote Start option is used. Not sure if there is a logic check on outside temperature, would make sense if there was though. Either way, I can confirm that the rear defroster is always enabled when I enter my vehicle after utilizing the remote start.
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....I can confirm that the rear defroster is always enabled when I enter my vehicle after utilizing the remote start.
Thanks jp711...thats why I asked the question...I knew I couldn't be the only one.
It makes sense that at certain outside temps, the defrost system turns on as you describe. You had it confirmed, so I guess my salesman will find out the same and we'll both be wiser.
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Hey guys, Are you seeing the rear defroster enabled through the window or seeing the ice melted since the car shuts off when you open the door with the factory remote start?
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Hey guys, Are you seeing the rear defroster enabled through the window or seeing the ice melted since the car shuts off when you open the door with the factory remote start?
Both. The first indication is when you see the snow melting on the window but then if you look in before opening the door you will see the rear defroster indicator on. It also comes back on when you restart, after the door open shut down, even though it was off when you parked. I think I will set the A/C to max cold and park in my heated garage tomorrow. Then remote start it and see if the rear defroster comes on.
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Both. The first indication is when you see the snow melting on the window but then if you look in before opening the door you will see the rear defroster indicator on. It also comes back on when you restart, after the door open shut down, even though it was off when you parked. I think I will set the A/C to max cold and park in my heated garage tomorrow. Then remote start it and see if the rear defroster comes on.
Have Auto Air with remote start and "tested" the above. Using the RS system did come on as Full Auto (also locked the doors), heated seats came on as selected, but, rear defroster did not. Tried selecting it prior to turning off engine and it still did not come on. Am I missing some procedure or do I have a RS problem? Did not see anything in the owners manual under Remote Engine Start System (7-10 trough 7-15) that stated the rear defroster would turn on.
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