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Anytime I start the car with a dusting of snow or ice on the back window within a mile or so the lines from the rear defroster melt the snow (even though the defroster was not on). It even does this with the entire climate control system in the off mode. Is t his happening to anyone’s else car?
 

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I don't think I've noticed it on hatches before, but on sedans I've owned the sun will melt a thin layer of snow/ice along the lines first because they absorb/retain more heat than the glass. I usually flip on the defroster if there's anything frozen back there so I haven't seen anything with this car.
 

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Do you notice that your mirrors melt as well? In mine they are on the same button, and likely the same relay. If they are both melting, chances are the relay is toast. Alternately would be to just leave your car on for 10 minutes or so and put your hand on the window. You should be able to feel the heat if they are on.
 
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