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Heated Steering Wheel Controls - Cold Weather Package

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#1 OFFLINE   revitus

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:40 PM

For 2016 - 2017 Edge Sport with Cold Weather Package, is there a physical button for activating the Heated Steering Wheel, or can it only be controlled through the touch screen infotainment interface?

 

Also, if an Edge Sport is not equipped with the Cold Weather Package, can it be retro-fitted for this functionality?  More specifically, is the steering wheel heating element present in all Edge Sport steering wheels, and Ford only activates the functionality for those who spec their build with the $350 CWP option?

 

I'm in the market for a Gen II Edge Sport with 401A and Cold Weather Package... As I browse the local dealer inventory on-line, is there any way to tell from the interior dealer photos if the car is equipped with the Heated Steering Wheel?  The descriptions on the dealer websites don't always seem perfectly accurate (rather generic at times), so I was wondering if there is a physical button for the Heated Steering Wheel or some other identifier that can help me determine if the car is equipped with the Cold Weather Package.

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

 









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#2 OFFLINE   akirby

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 03:39 PM

Touch screen only but you can make it show up on the home screen.

 

On the dealer websites look at the window sticker to see if it has the right package.



#3 OFFLINE   2FAST4U

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:29 PM

Touch screen only but you can make it show up on the home screen.

 

 

Really?…how please?

 

Claude. 



#4 OFFLINE   Nick Halstead

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 04:41 PM

heated steering wheel can be added but will include a totally different wheel and another piece, there's info on this somewhere. then will also need to change as built data via forscan. 
heated steering wheel should be listed on every vehicle the has it. if it's not on the window sticker, I'm 100% sure your not getting it.


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#5 OFFLINE   revitus

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:39 PM

Thanks for the info. I appreciate your time. The website I was on didn't make finding the window stickers easy.

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 08:42 PM

I am totally speculating here, haven't seen the heated vs non-heated steering wheel. But I do have some knowledge and experience with production and engineering and I can say it's possible that all 2015+ Edges probably have the same (heat capable) wheel..The cost to embed the wire in the wheel for heating is peanuts, far less than the cost to produce two different wheels. I think. That said there are other,bigger issues including the wiring harness and programming as Nick mentioned. That may be costly or impossible to change: the wiring harness is integral and would require ripping out most of the interior and other bits to replace with the necessary harness. And you would be correct in pointing out that the cost of producing two different wiring harnesses (one little connector and 18" of wire) probably also exceeds the cost of simply using the same harness. But these days the word would get out, a simple panel pull and plug-in, a re-flash and you have the option for next to nothing that everyone else paid hundreds for. That's the reason you can't just activate the steering wheel heat with a simple hack: the company makes more money on the options than the do on the base vehicle.



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:25 PM

I considered the corporate cost of two separate steering wheels as well, and speculated that they might all be heat capable. Don't they call it "One Ford" these days?

Good point about the wiring harness.

I won't attempt to retrofit one. I'll make sure to find one with the features I'm looking for. Thanks again!

Feel free to continue the conversation if anyone has anything else to add. Cheers.

#8 OFFLINE   27Sport

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:41 PM

They are indeed different steering wheels. It may only be a few cents per wheel to add the heating element but multiply that by tens of thousands across just one vehicle line and the costs add up. And don't forget to add the steering wheel heat module in addition to the wiring and reflash.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:35 PM

Touch screen only but you can make it show up on the home screen.

 

On the dealer websites look at the window sticker to see if it has the right package.

 

 

 

Really?…how please?

 

Claude. 

 

I'd like to know as well. What a ridiculous way to turn on and off. A hard switch like the seat heating would be much more logical.

 

I would guess that enabling it would involve forscan, right?


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 07:33 PM

Yes, forscan.

It's cheaper to make it a soft button since it's only on some models. It comes on automatically when it's cold and you use remote start so that reduces the need to turn it on manually.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:47 PM

Also the clockspring is different for vehicles equipped with heated steering wheel. At least that is the case for pre 2015 models.



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Posted 22 April 2017 - 03:02 PM

Yes, forscan.

It's cheaper to make it a soft button since it's only on some models. It comes on automatically when it's cold and you use remote start so that reduces the need to turn it on manually.

 

My Edge sleeps in my garage so I can't use remote start at home. It's still cold enough to make the heated steering wheel a pleasure though.



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:49 PM

It's only a button press away anyway. Not a huge deal.

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 01:19 PM

It's only a button press away anyway. Not a huge deal.


Pretty sure you'd say it was no big deal no matter how inconvenient it were. Asking for improvements is a reasonable thing. Not being satisfied with poor design is a reasonable thing, too.
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Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:29 PM

Pretty sure you'd say it was no big deal no matter how inconvenient it were. Asking for improvements is a reasonable thing. Not being satisfied with poor design is a reasonable thing, too.

I agree. They decided to add the front facing camera as a console button, which they could have just as easily hidden away in the Sync menus. The heated steering wheel control button should have been standard just like the heated/cooled seats.
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Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:58 AM

Pretty sure you'd say it was no big deal no matter how inconvenient it were. Asking for improvements is a reasonable thing. Not being satisfied with poor design is a reasonable thing, too.

 

Pressing the climate button first is no big deal no matter how you want to spin it.   We keep ours on the audio screen so even if it was on the home screen like you can do with Forscan it would be an extra button press.

 

A hard button is obviously the best solution from a consumer standpoint but it's also more costly for Ford to have two different button configurations depending on the option package.






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