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Heated seats not working, 2004 Impala SS

 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:35 pm    Post subject:  Heated seats not working, 2004 Impala SS Reply with quote

It's been getting colder here in Ohio(low-mid 40's in the morning) so I decided to use my heated seats for the first time. Unfortunately, they never warmed up. I checked the fuses, and they're good. What else can I check before removing the seat and upholstery? I'd hate to waste my time pulling the seats apart, if there's a known problem with these failing or not working.

Also, does anyone have an idea of how much heated seat elements cost from the dealer? I'd be replacing them myself. Thanks, Chris
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 2:15 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i know my first imp 04 ss the drivers side bottom went out took it to the dealer with other problems they covered it under warranty. some seats out of a 04 ss indy that i just bought also just had the elements replaced. but if its both top and bottom i dont think its the elements but something else maybe the switch idk i just dont see both going at the same time

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:50 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Mine did the same. There is a fix on NAIOA somewhere.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Same thing happened to me on my '04 SS to both seats. Bought the car that way and finally got sick of freezing my butt off... Also, my friend has an '00 LS that we did this same fix, too...

1. Remove the seat from the car and place it on a bench.
2. Remove switch panel from the side of the seat, including the lumbar knob.
3. I also unbolted the seat back from the lower seat to gain easier access.
4. Peel back the lower seat cover to expose the heating element...its inter-woven into the seat bottom.
5. Find the wire that connects the seat bottom to the seat back. It is a really thin copper wire and it will be burnt black in one spot. You may have to "surgically" cut some of the material around the burn area to expose the wire.
6. Solder the wire back together.
7. Put the seat back together and re-install it into the car.
8. Flick the switch and enjoy a nice warm ride.


I don't know if this was the right way or the wrong way to fix it, but so far, this fix has held up for 20,000 miles for me.

Good Luck!

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