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Hello, Turbo, Premium Plus Package owners.

No resolution from Dealer:
Turbo PP Package.
Heated steering wheel does not work. No heat.
Much smaller windshield wiper on passenger side is ineffective.

Have any of you experienced any of these issues?

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My heated steering wheel works, but very limited need to use here in FL. ;)

Is your climate control set to Auto? According to the owner's manual, that will link the steering wheel heating to the overall settings. If the cabin is already warm enough, it will shut off or not turn on steering heating at all. But, you can also override that by operating the steering heater button manually (if in Auto, turn off using the separate steering heater button which unlinks it from the climate setting and then turn it on again). You will know the steering heater is linked as the Auto icon on the climate control display will include a steering wheel icon as well.

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I've had other vehicles where there are two differently sized wipers and the passenger one doesn't clear what I'd consider enough windshield area. If you mean it isn't doing a good job of clearing rain and mist/fog even in its pathway, then sounds like there may be an issue with the wiper blade placement or the edge was damaged or got something on it (like dealer prep products) that is causing the issue. If you haven't already, check the blade edge, the angle and clean it off with a microfiber cloth (if you have rubbing alcohol, use a little of that on the cloth).
 

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My heated steering wheel works, but very limited need to use here in FL. ;)

Is your climate control set to Auto? According to the owner's manual, that will link the steering wheel heating to the overall settings. If the cabin is already warm enough, it will shut off or not turn on steering heating at all. But, you can also override that by operating the steering heater button manually (if in Auto, turn off using the separate steering heater button which unlinks it from the climate setting and then turn it on again). You will know the steering heater is linked as the Auto icon on the climate control display will include a steering wheel icon as well.

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I've had other vehicles where there are two differently sized wipers and the passenger one doesn't clear what I'd consider enough windshield area. If you mean it isn't doing a good job of clearing rain and mist/fog even in its pathway, then sounds like there may be an issue with the wiper blade placement or the edge was damaged or got something on it (like dealer prep products) that is causing the issue. If you haven't already, check the blade edge, the angle and clean it off with a microfiber cloth (if you have rubbing alcohol, use a little of that on the cloth).
Excellent. Thanks so much. I had a 2017 Audi Q7 where the heated steering wheel was never corrected. Dealer even went so far as to replace the entire steering wheel! Heat was almost luke warm after that. I had heard many descriptions of why it doesn't work. "ambient temp, full moon, Jupiter moon is third quarter, sun on the steering wheel" :D I'll give yours a try. Sounds right and very "common sensicle".

I did carefully go through your same steps for the wiper. Do you have the same setup for your wipers? (larger and smaller) Anyone else? I believe the smaller wiper is not as heavy as the much larger driver side wiper, and wondering also about the tension. (any adjustment for that?) My wife had her wipers and wiper motor replaced with "heavy duty" wiper and upgraded motor on her Passat and works well now. Assume you have a few bugs hitting the windshield in FL, and I'm in Culpeper, VA, so bugs in the summer. I used a special "bug windshield fluid" which has always worked well in other cars and it does for the driver side wiper.

Next topic will be windshield tint for front seat side windows. Assume you've tinted yours in FL? We have a "50% blockage rule in VA". Have you seen that topic here LeeShadow?

I should always end my comments with, "The CX-50 has become one of my favorite vehicles"
Thanks again Lee.
 

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I've only had cars with heated steering wheels since moving to FL, so usually just got that due to other features only available in associated trim levels. Friends with Subarus swear by them in colder climates. I do love the cooled front seats, however--very refreshing to avoid the dreaded "swamp ass" :ROFLMAO: on very hot days.

Wipers are the same as yours. Only noticed it doesn't cover as much of the windshield as the drivers. There could be a tension adjustment, but don't know more than that. I think (??) I saw a TSB or maybe in the online subscription workshop manual regarding a unique design of the wiper motor placement in the CX-50 and cautions around that when replacing the wiper arms.

I also swear by the green RainX wiper fluid, esp here with the summer love bug infestations.

Mine came tinted from the dealer and it meets my needs, but I am considering the clear 3M UV blocking film for the panoramic glass. I love driving around with the shade open but I can definitely feel the heat difference inside again because of the hot days here.
 

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My steering wheel seem to heat more on one side that they other and overall does not seem that warm, but I was going to wait till it's a little cooler here to see how it actually feels. Hasn't rained on mine yet, so I don't know about the wipers though. I did have a bird poop on the hood that left two marks that I now have to deal with now. :(
 
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