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In this video I show you the method I use to repair a rear window defogger tab that was snapped off. As always please refer to the shop manual for the proper procedure.

50 thoughts on “Rear window defroster tab repair”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Reimer says:

    I call total BS on this also. Tried it on a Ford Focus, Chevy Express and a Kia Forte defroster. Tabs tin easily but no Stick to glass buss bar. Even tried a 300W iron made for stained glass

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lamborghini 101 says:

    What soldering iron do you have? It looks like it heated up very quickly

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Damon Hager says:

    Great video. Greetings from across the pond in England.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M Hoch17 says:

    What you don't show is if the connection actually works

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cameron Webb says:

    Awesome video. Love all your videos

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ronnie Pemberton says:

    Did you have to prep the glass in any way

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Johnson says:

    I can do that!! thank you

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jesse T says:

    Glue kit does not work electrical current sometimes doesn’t go through thanks for the help I just did this worked great

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leslie Powell says:

    Thanks again you’ve saved me a lot of time with several projects and with this issue I asked several people about soldering the tab back to the glass and no one knew how thanks again

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tuan Trannguyen says:

    thank you Eric, will try this later to fix my rear defroster..

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars batall gus says:

    how many watts is your soding gun

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lou Patterson says:

    Been watching you for years. Got one on how to fix a broken rear window defroster grid line?

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shaena K says:

    That is insanely simple! Thanks for this. One of mine did exactly this (04 Jeep liberty) and it's freezing here so defrosting is a must!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dominic Price says:

    Brilliant fix – I have the same problem but am worried the glass might crack with the heat. Yours was fine think I'll give it a go.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Keck says:

    I have used the glue kits twice with no luck

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vince Bruemmer says:

    Can’t get the solder to stick to the tab. Possibly the wrong solder? I’m using wire solder.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Phil Tennison says:

    The glue didn't work

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J. J. Flores says:

    Thanks!!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 817Teamsters says:

    What if the pad is missing or partially missing. I have a truck and where the tab was originally, now the pad is missing because the tab was ripped off. Can I just solder it to.the remaining pad that's there? Or do they sell a product, that mends the pad before you install the tab?
    Hope my question isn't confusing, I know what I'm trying to say but, it's hard to put it to paper lol

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leandre Texier says:

    Well i'm glad that i googled this problem on international languague) I have both my defroser contacts fallen off and tried to search answers in my language where the only "solution" is glue which is not solution at all considering comments about it. Also some people solder but they say that it's not strong enough and that the only option is to buy a new rear glass and that's heavy! I mean, maybe i'd already went this way if i could find new glass not from some chineese manufacturer but from ariginal factory, but there are absolutely none. So thanks for a video, i'll take a try when next summer begins.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jim millet says:

    Wow I did not know solder would stick to glass like that all by itself.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Hlad says:

    Love it! I'm gonna try this, thank you!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Jaffray says:

    I tried this on a 2003 GMC Yukon, which looks very similar to the vehicle in the video. The approach in the video did not work for me. The tab would not adhere to the window, no matter what I tried. BUT, I had previously tried (and failed) to repair the tab with Permatex's "Rear Window Defogger" adhesive (765-1982). The tab stuck to the base on the window using the Permatex, but it clearly did not conduct electricity as intended. I was able to remove the tab after using the failed repair easily using heat (small torch). Because the problem was with conductivity, I used a wire brush on a Dremel to clean the contact patch and tab base. I believe that I over cleaned the area and actually removed the contact patch (seen in the video). So, I am now trying to attach the tab to the copper base on the defogger. This is where the tin/lead solder failed to adhere. This probably would have worked if I tried this first or was more careful cleaning the contact patch on the window.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NAN2YVR says:

    This gave me courage to try it on my 2011 Jetta.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jen Hart says:

    I’m about to go out to my Jeep and try both sides😮 thanks for the great vid.👍

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Collins says:

    Thought I was going to have to use the glue on repair kit. This was super easy and nearly free. Thanks.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chris says:

    This happend to my car and scraped the window to much.. to fix it I used copper then used solder on the tape. Good luck

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars manicmandownup says:

    Hey, how much do you charge for this repair?

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tree501 says:

    Worked for me. I sanded what was left of the window pad which was right over my head. I tried to tin the pad but could not get the solder to stick leaving me with a pool of resin on the tab. I put a big ball of solder on the broken tab. I used a screwdriver to hold the tab up on the window pad. Got my biggest watt soldering gun and the solder melted between the two about 20 seconds after taking the completely hot soldering gun to it. Took away the gun and held it in place for 10 seconds to let it cool. It stuck and had electrical contact with the other tab. I am going to put a light coating of a two part epoxy so the soft solder is not the only binding agent to the window. Easy peasy and make sure you have a drop under the workspace so molten solder dosent burn your car's carpet.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Procyon Lotor says:

    Thanks! Worked great. Wish your video came up first, wasted time watching some other idiot repair them and halfway through his video he admits he did it the wrong way.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mind Bender says:

    Adhesive tab kit never worked for me. Thanks for the straightforward instructions and I should have just soldered from the start.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wills Restorations says:

    All the glue on applications from permatex and others are nothing but trash, the only way to do this properly is to solder it, but I would like to make one suggestion to your viewers and that is to put just a little bit of flux on that after you laid the solder on the clip this will ensure a really good connection and a strong hold.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Supreme Being says:

    Oh and thanks for posting this

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Supreme Being says:

    I purchased the loctite glue kit and it sucks I didn't know I could solder this tab back into the window which I'm going to do tonight!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pine Hollow Auto Diagnostics says:

    Nice. Going to try this right now on a 2012 Suburban 🙂 Love the OG SMA vids 😉

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bullwinkle says:

    Where can I get that coil wire for C5 corvette 2001

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DrBrian McCarley says:

    Glue kits are garbage. Don't waste your time and money.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars spektor25 says:

    Hell ya, spent $14 on that shit adhesive… fell of the next day… than I wondered if there was a better way. Saw this vid and was blown away that I didn't think it could be this simple. Thanks for the great vid.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zach Heindl says:

    So what happens when the ground falls off too? Is that supposed to have a tab as well? Thanks

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vegn says:

    Great video! I wish it was that easy for me! Now nearly at my third hour of trying to get this to work and it just friggin won't 🤯🤯🤯

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Loudlevin says:

    Well, my solder is more interested in blooping down and burning the interior fabric, f fords.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mark Roper says:

    My 2018 Expedition Max had the solder fail. It seems to be a thing with Expeditions:( They wanted $175 to fix it!!! Some dealers are replacing the entire rear glass……$1300!!! I am going to give it a go, thanks for the info!! The sad thing is that I hardly ever use it! But, when I look in the rear view…..there it dangles!!! errrrrr Going to sub as a thank you for the info! Be safe.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars D C says:

    Looks easy enough. I used the conductive glue. Barely lasted a year solder is probably way better

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Randel says:

    This video popped up on my feed at a great time! The tab popped off on my suburban a month ago. And had no idea how to fix it! Love all your videos.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheSteelerbear says:

    does it have to go back to the same spot or anywhere as long as it is on wire element inside the glass?

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nausheen Zubair says:

    Simple and easy. Thank you…