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seat heater troubleshooting
Posted 30 December 2003 - 02:44 PM
Posted 30 December 2003 - 03:31 PM
Oh, I found 100 Danish "Crowns" under my seat runner, that's roughly 12 dollars!
Posted 30 December 2003 - 05:02 PM
sounds kinda tricky - good luck
Posted 30 December 2003 - 06:38 PM
100 Danish Crowns huh? That's way cooler than 3 US Quarters and a Dime. :cool:
If I do get brave enough to take the seat apart, it looks like I'll have to separate the bottom from the back. When I take them apart, are there any springs in the recliner mechanism that could go flying? Also, do I need to note the position it's in and make sure I put it back together in the same position? It's stuff like that that scares me.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 06:58 PM
i called one dealer, and they wanted something like $250 for a set of elements. i later found just the seat bottom element on 1stsubaruparts.com for $100. i started taking the seat apart, then decided that it doesn't really matter that much to me. i am planning to swap it with the one from the passenger seat at some point, as i ride alone 99% of the time...
Posted 12 January 2004 - 10:54 AM
Is it simple to swap the driver's side bottom with the passenger side? Also, has anyone had any luck with re-soldering whatever is broken down there?
Posted 12 January 2004 - 12:37 PM
I was going to swap bottom cushions (due to wear) on a Civic years ago. However, they were mirror imaged. The seat was not symmetrical about its centerline. (Eg, recliner handle on outside, seat belt buckle on inside, different shape outside to inside.) This might apply to attachment points, etc as well.
Study it carefully. I'd be surprised if you could just swap them.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 02:37 PM
As far as getting a resistance reading I would guess you should see something less than 1 ohm. You should be able to compare readings from the back and bottom connections, if you can get a reading from the bottom section. You could also use the drivers seat for a reference.
It would be nice to know how much power these seats need to work. I would guess about 20 to 30 watts.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 05:13 PM
as for switching them, you would have to take the fabric/leather off, then switch the element - the cushions are not the same on both sides. and there is no guarantee that when you open it, they will be the same element, but i would suspect that they are.
as for repairing the element, if the problem is somewhere in the middle, i was a little hesitant to make a repair. it is surrounded by semi-flammable materials, and under very important parts (my keister). i think i was going to spring for a new element, but i haven't found it to be that unbearable...
Posted 12 January 2004 - 06:34 PM
Thanks for the info.
Posted 13 January 2004 - 06:09 AM
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Posted 19 May 2004 - 08:41 PM
I was looking at a 2001 VDC today and when I checked the seat heaters the performance was either wimpy or nonexistent. As the day was not cold it was difficult to tell if the seats were heating. My question is do the Subie heated seats put out much heat when working? My Chrysler will cook eggs in 5 minutes. If they do not work any better than what I experienced today they are off the list. There is nothing between me and Canada except Lake Erie.
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