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Old 10-26-2007, 04:00 PM   #1
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Seat Heat?

So i have a 1997 900SE. Leather etc. My seat heater no longer works. it lights up the button on the console but yeah not heat. Passenger side will roast you out of the seat. with winter approaching i want to get my heater to work. what is the procedure and is it a DIY? can i just swap the heater from passenger to driver? if so is it easy? or might there be a connection i should check first?
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mine is shot too on the driver side
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you can but you'll need to take off your seat skins, peel off the foam that is adhesived to the seat padding that contains the seat heating wirer element, cut the power wires, and reattch to your drivers side wire.
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:56 AM   #4
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you can but you'll need to take off your seat skins, peel off the foam that is adhesived to the seat padding that contains the seat heating wirer element, cut the power wires, and reattch to your drivers side wire.
so what is the quickest and easiest way for that to be done. my butt is cold. it was 30 last night when i got out of work...
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Grab some tools, take a day, and start pulling the bottom of your seat apart. I would imagine it will go back together fairly nicely if you don't break anything.

Honestly, I think the only thing you need to do is undo the hook wires at the backside of the bottom portion of the seat. Pull that back a bit and you might have to pull back the sides of the seat also in order to expost the heating pad. But, I've never done it so don't take my word for it. Wait a month and I might be able to tell you.
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Old 10-30-2007, 05:26 AM   #6
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Make sure first you have not blown any fuses, and then check to see that all the connectors around and under the seat are connected. I believe there should be a connector between the seat bottom and seat back, if you have a back pad.
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Old 10-30-2007, 05:49 AM   #7
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Yep, the passenger side on my NG is out, the GF complains now but my ass is toasty warm so there is really no need for me to worry about it!
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:13 AM   #8
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yea its either the switch or the seat heater. If the passenger seat works, swap the switches an see if the problem travels. Otherwise the coil usually breaks at the bolsters on the sides of the seat.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:11 AM   #9
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yea its either the switch or the seat heater. If the passenger seat works, swap the switches an see if the problem travels. Otherwise the coil usually breaks at the bolsters on the sides of the seat.
Thanks i will check this out this weekend...

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Yep, the passenger side on my NG is out, the GF complains now but my ass is toasty warm so there is really no need for me to worry about it!
Yeah mine is the opposite. the GF gets toasted and i freeze. seeing as it is my car and i am the person that gets in it in the cold i think i should have the heat...
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If you end up fixing it this weekend, I want to watch, I'll bring beer. Must learn how to do this for when mine breaks in two months.
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:44 AM   #11
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i will be doing this on the weekend also cleaning GFs car as well.. what kind of beer will be brought? lol
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:57 AM   #12
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120$? My butt can freeze.
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Open up the existing heating pad, find the breaks in the coil. Solder in a new element of the same gauge, look for any weakspots to prevent it from happening again too soon.
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Old 11-02-2007, 05:08 AM   #13
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120$? My butt can freeze.
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Open up the existing heating pad, find the breaks in the coil. Solder in a new element of the same gauge, look for any weakspots to prevent it from happening again too soon.
Now that is more my idea.. exactly what i was looking to do as 120 is way too much.. or just swap pads from passanger to driver. hell maybe add a back pad if i dont have one.. lol
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you dont even need new wire, just cut off the shorted portions and pull a some of the wire out of its zig-zag formation, solder and you are good to go.
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nice to know. all i need now is a soldering iron..
time to visit the parents i do think...
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120$? My butt can freeze.
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Open up the existing heating pad, find the breaks in the coil. Solder in a new element of the same gauge, look for any weakspots to prevent it from happening again too soon.
Fair enough, but that's why I do freeze... I didn't even know what the heating pad looked like really. I might try that...
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:27 AM   #17
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http://quasimotors.com/heated_seat_repair.htm

thats for a 9000. Same general principle for a ng, bolts might be different sizes, seat will be slightly different, etc. Read that an you can tackle it.
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nowhereman, i've got a spare seat from a 94 Ng. if its not hard to take out i'll sell you mine for ALOT less than 120
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