Bob
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Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:32 pm

The steering wheel heater switch on my 2013 SV Leaf is a "push on/push off" switch with an indicator light in the switch body. Unfortunately, I can't see the light because the wheel blocks my view. To see the light, I have to bring my head very low, which is dangerous when driving.

I only use the heater in cold weather, and when I'm cold, my hands don't work perfectly, so I am not sure whether I pushed the switch, didn't push in the right place, or pushed it twice.

It would be safer if the switch were a rocker (like the seat warmer switch) so that I could feel whether it was on or off rather than having to take my eyes off the road.

Thank you.

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Re: Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:49 pm

^^^
Agree completely about its view being obstructed by the steering wheel.

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Re: Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:12 pm

This is a good point, Bob.
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Re: Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:07 am

Agree on the location, but why not just move the button? Nothing should be in that spot.
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Re: Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:32 am

Yes, move it to the far left. I have never pushed the timer bypass button while sitting in the LEAF, I'm always standing outside with the door open


Maybe these buttons can be moved by ourselves?, Has anybody ever taken apart that panel?, Are the connectors fused together or separate ?

If they are separate then you may be able to swap the buttons around and reposition them to your liking.
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Re: Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:18 am

The location of the switches was changed for the 14MY. https://owners.nissanusa.com/content/techpub/ManualsAndGuides/NissanLEAF/2014/2014-NissanLEAF-owner-manual.pdf Please refer to page 0-6. It is now in the furthest outboard location.
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Re: Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:29 pm

So now we need to know if the switches can easily be swapped. I'd definitely do that mod if the wiring allowed it, maybe with one pair of extender wires. I keep worrying that I'll be in a head-on crash because I was trying to find the #@! wheel heater button...or playing with the vent controls, trying to keep exhaust fumes out of the car and the windshield clear.
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Re: Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:52 am

LeftieBiker wrote:So now we need to know if the switches can easily be swapped. I'd definitely do that mod if the wiring allowed it, maybe with one pair of extender wires. I keep worrying that I'll be in a head-on crash because I was trying to find the #@! wheel heater button...or playing with the vent controls, trying to keep exhaust fumes out of the car and the windshield clear.



I saw a write up on how to do this on the site a few months ago, but can't locate it.

Can someone find it?

Thanks.

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Re: Steering wheel heater switch - Should be a rocker switch

Wed May 07, 2014 3:21 pm

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