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Hello everyone,

Could you please tell me what does this button do? I can't find my manual and pressing the button doesn't seem to make any difference whatsoever.

When it's pressed, the small LED turns on, but again, it doesn't seem to be make any difference. So what's its role?

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Isn't that a rear window defroster/defogger?
 

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That's for the heated side rear view mirrors, and I believe it also controls the heating elements under the front wipers if you have them.
 

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It's just for the heated wipers. The mirrors are linked to the rear defroster. Or maybe the mirrors turn on when either button is pressed.

Regardless, it's not the rear window defroster. That's located under the front defroster to the right of the climate screen.
 

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st3mpy has it -- it's for the "wiper deicer", or more correctly, for the heater that warms the bottom of the windshield where the wipers normally park (stop).

The outside mirror heaters work with the rear window defroster. (Think "looking back").
 

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It's just for the heated wipers. The mirrors are linked to the rear defroster. Or maybe the mirrors turn on when either button is pressed.

Regardless, it's not the rear window defroster. That's located under the front defroster to the right of the climate screen.
thescaryninja forgot to mention which OB does he have ... what year, that is! If he has an Outback at all ... LOL
 

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st3mpy has it -- it's for the "wiper deicer", or more correctly, for the heater that warms the bottom of the windshield where the wipers normally park (stop).

The outside mirror heaters work with the rear window defroster. (Think "looking back").

This, and its previous post. But don't expect instantaneous miracles with this button in cold weather.

I do like, however, SubieSailor's thought about the ejection seat... HPH
 

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This was one of the features that sold me on this car versus the other I was looking at. Last week I drove my parents Suburban, and then my Outback back to back. What a difference! The wipers were all iced and worthless on the `Burban yet my Subie wipers were iceless! Great idea, not sure why more cars don't have it.
 

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Well, I can hardly see any difference whenever I turn it on. Today, for instance, I pressed it just after I started the engine, together with the front/rear defogger.

So how exactly does it work? Isn't the front defogger supposed to heat the bottom of the windshield as well?

@jogosub I actually do have a 2006 Outback, that's why I am posting here lol.
 

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Well, I can hardly see any difference whenever I turn it on. Today, for instance, I pressed it just after I started the engine, together with the front/rear defogger.

So how exactly does it work? Isn't the front defogger supposed to heat the bottom of the windshield as well?

@jogosub I actually do have a 2006 Outback, that's why I am posting here lol.
Look under the wipers. You'll see the red heating element. That's what heats up. It gets very warm and works quite well! It does take a few minutes for them to start to heat up, though. When they're on, you should be able to feel the heat coming off the elements. My 2004 would get them up to over 100 degrees pretty quickly (as measured by an infrared thermometer). Haven't checked on my 2008 yet.

The front defogger sits a little above the wipers, so it won't really deice them when they're in the parked position.
 
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