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heated mirror ?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by snowbuster1, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. snowbuster1

    snowbuster1 Member
    Messages: 81

    I have a 99 f350 with manual tow mirrors on it. I just got a set of heated mirrors with light and turn signal on it that came of a 05 f250. How does the heated part work in those mirrors? Is it on a thermostat or is it always on? I was gonna just wire them on a switch to turn them on when needed, but wondering how it all works. Thanks
     
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Its hooked in to your rear window defrost switch.
     
  3. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    On my 07 there wasn't any switch of any sort. I am not sure if they were always on of temperature controlled. I am leaning towards they were always on because if my truck was outside when at the cabin and there was dew on the mirrors the top glass would clear up and the bottom was full of dew still. The 05 thru 07 were the same style truck so I would assume they would be the same. I think in 08 they went to the rear defrost switch, our 08 ford company truck I was driving had that, as well as my personal 13 has a switch to turn them on.
     
  4. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    x2.........
     
  5. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    i put a set of heated mirrors in my 02. ran a separate wire through the door wire loom to the dash, into a lit when on carling switch, to an ignition switched power source.
    switch on, mirror heat on. switch off heat off. this is especially good for plowing because you do not have to hit the switch every 20 minutes to see out the mirrors because they time out after 10 minutes.
    and they will not burn out being on all the time, the heated mirrors in semi trucks are hooked up the same way.
     
  6. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Some day I'll get heated mirrors Till then I'll keep using vinegar on them no ice will stick to them
     
  7. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    That's an interesting tip. I've never heard that one.
     
  8. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    3 part vinegar 1 part water put spray bottle I even spray windows

    Pre treat before storm and ice wont stick.

    My wife does it to her truck She works nights save on time waiting or scraping ice off windows
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    So just spray on? No wiping no "buffing"
     
  10. Monroe74

    Monroe74 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    They are always on at least in my 04 they are. Just put them on an 03 installed the same way
     
  11. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    My 07 has a power rear slider with no defrost and heated mirrors. How does it work on mine??
     
  12. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    Ford heated mirrors are always on with the key on. There is no switch and they are not wired into your defroster.
     
  13. 07PSDCREW

    07PSDCREW Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    X2..what Wilnip said. Even in summer. Its a low current circuit thats on anytime ign is in the run position.Thumbs Up
     
  14. snowbuster1

    snowbuster1 Member
    Messages: 81

    Ok thanks guys. What would you guys do find a ignition to wire to run off of or run them to a switch?
     
  15. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    Personal preference. They are made to always be on so wiring to ign wire would be the easiest/cleanest.
     
  16. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    i put them on a switch simply because i had the switch, and prefer them that way.
    as said, they are low current, only using something like 5 or 10 amps. so leaving them as a key on heat on is ok also.
     
  17. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    After 08 they are on a switch. Before 07 they were constant on. I prefer the constant on I always forget to turn them on on my new truck.
     
  18. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    I used a timer switch. But that's me
     
  19. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,082

    Putting 2013 heated mirrors on my 2001 f350 putting it on a switch.
     
  20. snowbuster1

    snowbuster1 Member
    Messages: 81

    Ok thanks again guys. Does anyone know a schematic on the wiring of the plug so I know what is what?