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Old 22nd October 2007, 13:35   #1
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Default Windscreen demister not demisting??

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Just got me a new surf again (secondhand but new to me) and on these orrible cold mornings my windscreen demist doesnt appear to be working at all. I tried everything so i now have to drive with the two front windows open a little which doesnt please my husband or the two kiddies. Any suggestions. I had a look in the fuse box under the bonnet and noticed there's a fuel/heater relay missing (not sure what this is but i've ordered one from toyota anyway) could this be the culprit? Also my last surf didnt have one of these but there's a clean air box (thingy....sound like a proper woman now dont i?) in the back on the ceiling which doesnt appear to work. Can someone please tell me what it is and how it all works please. I do know a bit about cars but this is baffling me.
Sorry to sound like a pathetic woman but i relly need help on this one.
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Old 22nd October 2007, 14:12   #2
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Cancel the order for the fuel heater relay. You do not have a fuel heater. Trust me.

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Old 22nd October 2007, 14:26   #3
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Also, no idea about the clean air box thingy, never heard of one of them before. Any chance you could post a picture of it?
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Yep no probs....will post a pic later when i get home.
Also cheers Nev wasnt sure about it, saves me 20.
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The clean air box thingy is, believe it or not, an air cleaner. When the switch is set to auto it will come on automatically when it senses unclean air and purify it. Try blowing smoke or something orrible at it and it will come on (i had one in my 2nd gen). Sometimes comes on when you open the windows too.
As for your heater/ demister, does the fan come on at all or is it the window switch thats not opening the demister vents?
If its the latter have a look behind the drivers side of the centre console and you should see the linkages that operate the fan controls. With the fan on press the window switch and see if anything moves. I had to manually push the linkage on mine to fully open demisters. Common fault apparently. Hope this helps...
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Silly question time, is the air set to recirculate or from outside ?

They don't seem to be too wonderful at demisting on recirc
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Thanx for the info on the clean air thingy, i'll try that....as for the windscreen blower, the swith or button is showing on and the air comes out so slowly it doesnt get beyond the dash board level but the central blowers blast your head off. I'll have a good look this weekend at the whole thing and if need be i'll dismantle the dashboard to have a look.
Also the air is set to come from outside which gives a little bit more oomph, not much though
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If you get a plentiful blast from the face vents but pitiful from the windscreen vents then it's just the levers getting stuck.

Set the direction to anything other than demist, then look in the drivers foot-well just above the foot rest. You should see a black box with white levers on the side. Press the demist button, and you should see the levers moving, but they'll stick before they move to the demist position. Just give them a gentle push onwards and it should work fine. With a bit of practise (and long arms) you should be able to do this whilst sitting in the drivers seat.
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look behind the drivers side of the centre console and you should see the linkages that operate the fan controls. With the fan on press the window switch and see if anything moves. I had to manually push the linkage on mine to fully open demisters. Common fault apparently. Hope this helps...[/COLOR]
Here's a pic which will help explain this. Blue line is where cable is located. Cable not assembled in this pic. Red circle is cable connection. Push this part in direction of arrow as you operate the switch. This should then open the demister vent. The cable can sometimes kink or need adjusting or the vent mechanism may need adjustment. There is a rod marked in pic which when pilled out of clip allows adjustment. Clip back in when you think it's right. They are a fiddly thing to get working just right.

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