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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Heated Seat

Hey all, driving my Excursion today, I noticed that the seat heater for the the driver's seat didn't work. The light on the switch comes on when you press it but no heat. Passenger seat heats up fine. What's the common cause of this, broken heater element? Is this a difficult repair? My wife is after me to fix it before it really gets cold.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 08:36 AM
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It most likely is the heater element. I changed one on the base part of my 04' F350. It was not that hard.
Basically you:
pull the seat (3 bolts, 1 nut, unplug 2 plugs).
Separate the seat from the back part of the frame
Undo the hog rings on the cover of just the section you want to replace.
Peel back the cover starting at the back/bottom of the seat
Unplug the element and remove (you will likely see where the wires burned on the element)
Slide the new one in and reverse your procedure.
It's not that bad because the cover is already formed to the seat and you don't have to completely remove it.
I think the elements are between 50-100 bucks if I recall.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-17-2010, 05:36 PM
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You may be able to repair it without having to spend $ on a new element. Are you handy with a soldering iron?


2001 F350 CC SWB 6spd....currently getting a complete 'makeover'. Stay tuned.
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