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Old 10-07-2015, 04:33 PM   #1
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Electroillumination / Heated seat not working

Hey all I have read every post I can find on the EL topic but I cant find the exact part I need nor can I locate a "how to" to repair this.

Can anyone tell me if the below link is the correct fix for my 2004 EAP?

Gauge Lighting Inverter for Single Gauge

My drivers side heated seat is not warming up bu the switch lights up fine every time. Guessing this is the heating pad? I found a write up for this but need to know which part to purchase. Does anyone have a link?

Thanks in advance for all of the help guys!

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Ford stopped selling the heating pad years ago. I bought the alligator clip remover tool back in 2009 and when I finally went to buy the pad in 2013 (I think) I found it no longer available. I think you will have to find a local upholster and see if they can trim another one to fit.
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Ford stopped selling the heating pad years ago. I bought the alligator clip remover tool back in 2009 and when I finally went to buy the pad in 2013 (I think) I found it no longer available. I think you will have to find a local upholster and see if they can trim another one to fit.
Dang that stinks! Could I steal the passenger side unit?

FYI, I just ordered the inverter I linked...hopefully I can figure out to install this thing because driving with no numbers is pretty dangerous when its dark out!

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This pad will work, its actually a better design than the OEM one.
How to replace heated seat pad


I had that pad on my list, but before I ordered I pulled the seat apart and checked it out just incase it was a broken thermo wire. Turns out it was just that, so free fix if you can solder.

Even if it's a broken element it can be fixed by soldering a jumper wire on the broken part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1Ftv3hnDXk
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I had that pad on my list, but before I ordered I pulled the seat apart and checked it out just incase it was a broken thermo wire. Turns out it was just that, so free fix if you can solder.

Even if it's a broken element it can be fixed by soldering a jumper wire on the broken part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1Ftv3hnDXk

Thanks Sniper! This looks a bit daunting, as I can just imagine not being able to get the cover back on perfectly and that would drive me crazy! My drivers seat does not work altogether so I assume I would want 2 of these?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...iglink20422-20

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Until Sniper Focus gets back, you can't be sure what elements are bad before checking.

OTOH, driver's seat is the usual problem area so you'd likely need to replace that one.

They work in series so a failure of the seat pad takes out the back as well. It's like cheap Xmas tree lights that all go out when one bulb burns out.
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You'll probably need one element, I've never heard of the seat back element failing. The bottom takes a lot of wear from repeatedly sitting on it, once it breaks the whole circuit fails.

Before you buy it you might want to check for continuity on the green connector on the main harness (that's the seat bottom heater), if that test fails then pull back the seat skin (donít pull it all the way off yet) to see if there's a broken thermo wire if you want to try to repair it.

If you still need a new one then splice the green connector onto the new pad from Amazon and trim it to fit like thenorm did.

The biggest pita about the Recaros are the red clips that secure the cover to the foam, it just takes patience. Recaro how to... which isnt that much different. Heated seat- How to Fix!
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You're the man, thanks Sniper! Gotta get the damn timing set first then I can proceed to all the little stuff such as this!

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Does anyone have an actual writeup with photos for this procedure? I pulled the clusters but don't have the foggiest idea how to do this and not having lights at night is killing me. Any help is super super appreciated guys!

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