Heated Wheel does not work in extreme cold, bug or by design? - Jeep Compass Forum
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post #1 of 7 Old 01-05-2018, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Heated Wheel does not work in extreme cold, bug or by design?

I am working on a theory that is slowly but surely turning into an assertion. What I have observed over and over again all winter so far is that the heated steering wheel is disabled if the exterior temperature is more than about 20 degrees below zero (fahrenheit).

Our 2017 second gen is parked outside every night. It has been cold all over the country the last month or so but it is exceptionally cold here in northern Minnesota. Every morning when I go out to leave for work, if the ambient temperature is more than 20 below then the heated steering wheel is disabled and will not turn on, even after a 30 minute drive.

If the temperature is "only" 15 below or warmer, the heated wheel works fine.

By lunch time it is always "warmed up" to at least 10 below so the heated wheel always works if I go out for lunch and it also works by the end of the day, but once it sits overnight and the temperatures again plummet below -20 then during the morning drive the heated wheel refuses to work.

Specifically, you can press the on-screen control to activate the wheel and it will turn red/on for about one second, then immediately turns back off.

I have had a LOT of issues with the Uconnect controls for the heated seats and wheel this winter, so I am not ruling out completely a Uconnect software bug but at this point I place a higher bet that it is by design for some reason and so far I can't get anyone at jeep or mopar to explain.

Temperatures are about to warm up here from tomorrow onward so I won't be able to do further testing on my theory for a while, but I wanted to start this thread so others can find it if they run across this problem and start googling it and can chime in if they have experienced this as well.

When it gets super cold again (and it will) my plan is to go out to the local dealership early one morning and see if they can show me any new jeep compass that has been sitting outside on the lot in -30 that has a working heated wheel at that temperature. My expectation is that they will behave the same as mine. If the ones on the lot successfully activate their heated wheels at -30 then I guess I need update or repair on my compass.

Add to the thread if you experience or have experienced any similar problems with the heated wheel during periods of extreme cold weather.
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-06-2018, 02:02 AM
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It has not been that cold in WI here, but I did have it that cold in MN a while ago. My heated stuff worked fine. My issue is not what you have...it is with the blower motor sounding like a cheap Kmart vacuum cleaner when cold. Bearings just sing away, competing with the engine belt.

My MPGs are a steady 21-22 MPGs driving the same routes, with the same gas, since it has gotten cold. I use the pan heater at home in the mornings. I was pulling 27-29 before the cold set in. You?

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-06-2018, 02:59 AM
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I live in MN as well and its been around -10 in the mornings and have had no issues. This sounds like a bug rather than its to cold for it to turn on. Seems odd to me that it can be to cold for that to come on.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-07-2018, 01:55 AM
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I wonder if when it's that cold the Jeep thinks the battery does not have enough juice to turn on the heated wheel?
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post #5 of 7 Old 01-07-2018, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris_84045 View Post
the Jeep thinks the battery does not have enough juice to turn on the heated wheel?
There is a feature like this, called energy saver mode. My previous Cherokee came up with a message, when energy saver mode was active. No idea, if the Compass does it the same way.

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Sounds like a bug.

Haven't had it at any temps below zero. But at single digits, no problems at all.

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This week in NJ the temps have hit 0. I have had no issues. My garage door opener crapped out but the car (sitting in the driveway) has worked fine. It's on when I get in the car (remote start)
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