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I assume the heated wipers on the 2018 are not heated blades but a heated grid in the bottom of the windshield where they park . correct ? nothing much in the manual on this feature .
 

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I assume the heated wipers on the 2018 are not heated blades but a heated grid in the bottom of the windshield where they park . correct ? nothing much in the manual on this feature .
I believe that's correct. I have an 05 OB LL Bean and I can see what I believe is a heater grid on the windshield where the wipers rest. I can't see how the blades themselves could be heated?
 

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I believe that's correct. I have an 05 OB LL Bean and I can see what I believe is a heater grid on the windshield where the wipers rest. I can't see how the blades themselves could be heated?
like heated gloves . they could be molded with resistance wires in them . in fact I thought they were on the 2018 , until today when they caked with slush and ice . .
 

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like heated gloves . they could be molded with resistance wires in them . in fact I thought they were on the 2018 , until today when they caked with slush and ice . .
I stand corrected, there are such things; however, it appears these may be aftermarket in most situations. A quick way to check would be to inspect where the blade connects to the arm and see if there's a power supply running to the blade.
Perhaps your owner's manual would tell you or google your model for a quick verification?
Hopefully, you aren't on the east coast today, you'll need a scoop shovel to remove the buildup!
 

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Yes, there is a spot on the windshield with a heating element where the blades park. That would heat them only when not in use. As soon as they start moving, they lose the heat quickly. The dealer told me that the actual heated wiper blades are expensive and prone to failure, so not a good investment.
 

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sounds pretty useless most of the time . like yesterday . I came out of the gym , brushed the car off while it was snowing and drove away , by the time I got home the ice was caked all over the blades . I could barely see
 

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I think it's more to assist with breaking them loose after being parked (start the car, enable the rear defroster, by the time you're done clearing everything they're loosened if they were stuck) and to keep them from freezing there while driving. My last vehicle always seemed t get some ice build-up down there, that heated wiper park area seems to mitigate that.
 

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I've found that the heated wiper well on my '17 does keep the wipers from being frozen to the glass, but when there is a lot of snow in the wiper well it just turns into a pile of slush that freezes solid once the car is shut off. Sometimes I wish I could shut that off and still be able to have the heated mirrors and rear defrost on.
 

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In my mind, this is a pretty useless feature. If frost is expected, a wise person leaves their wipers standing up so they do to freeze down. If they do get frozen down, it is trivial to gently break them free from the glass by hand before turning them on.

A good coating of "RainX" before the winter makes the windshield so slippery that ice will not stick to it.

A more useful feature might be heated windshield SQUIRTER fluid nozzles. VW has been offering this for many years....but even this is not necessary if one wipes the snow from below the windshield.
 

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In my mind, this is a pretty useless feature. If frost is expected, a wise person leaves their wipers standing up so they do to freeze down. If they do get frozen down, it is trivial to gently break them free from the glass by hand before turning them on.

A good coating of "RainX" before the winter makes the windshield so slippery that ice will not stick to it.

A more useful feature might be heated windshield SQUIRTER fluid nozzles. VW has been offering this for many years....but even this is not necessary if one wipes the snow from below the windshield.
Just use winter weight windshield washer fluid. We have stuff that stays liquid to -45 Celcius
 

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Are you serious? Just because a windshield washer fluid does not freeze solid does NOT mean it is of any use when sprayed on a icy windshield.
Yes. I'm from Canada. Seriously.

Windshield washer fluid is not for removing ice from windshields. That's what ice scrapers are for. A warming vehicle on defrost doesn't hurt either.
 
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