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1997 Toyota Camry CE 4dr Sedan Manual

1997 Toyota Camry
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Mid-Size
23 mpg city / 31 mpg hwy
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November 30, 2013, 3:53 pm

Grzegorz D

Question: About rear window defogger

what is best way to find out where is the point of open circuit of electric path on the rear defogger?
Two paths out of about total twenty paths are out of order and they don't heat the glass anymore.
But I want to find exact point where they are broken/worn out since I need to paint them with special electric paint.

December 1, 2013, 9:29 pm

Richard W
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You need a ohm meter to test the stripe. Then you can pinpoint the spots.

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December 1, 2013, 11:47 pm

Grzegorz D

Thanks Richard. I do have the ohmmeter.
So what is a procedure?
Do I first try to find open point visually or just touch leads somewhere in bad stripe trying to find out differences of resistance?

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December 7, 2013, 11:26 am

Richard W
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Yes that is what you do. But keep one lead in the same spot all the time. Then move the other lead to find the open.

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December 7, 2013, 12:15 pm

Grzegorz D

Thanks Richard, you advice was very helpful - I found my open in affected stripe.

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