Keep Your Car Warm by Replacing a Damaged Heater
Driving during cold weather is possible, thanks to the heater installed in your car seats. This enables you to feel warm and comfortable while driving. Just like any other part of your vehicle, the car seat heater can get worn out over time. The best thing you can do is to replace the heater as soon as you can. Below is a step-by-step guide on changing your car seat heater:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools to be used:
- Torque wrench
- Safety gloves
Step 1: Unplug the battery ground cable, and uninstall the car seat. Put it on a work bench so that you can work on it freely.
Step 2: Detach the cover of the lower seat. Then, remove the worn out heating pad from the car seat. Make sure that you take note of the position of the electrical wirings and openings in the pad. Grab the new heater pad, and peel it off before sticking the adhesive side on the seat cushion.
Step 3: Route the wiring to the back of the car seat cushion, far from the center of the seat. Keep in mind that you shouldn't cut or fold the heater pad. You should install it in the seat cushion without cutting any part of it.
Step 4: Remove the seat's back cover, and take out the old heater pad. You may need to slide the cover up all the way to put the new seat heater in place.
Step 5: Install the new heating pad on the seat back by peeling it off and sticking the adhesive. Always make it a point to route the wiring to the bottom of the seat back, away from the seat's center.
Step 6: Return the cover of the seat by reattaching the clips, Velcro, and hog rings that should secure it in place.
Step 7: If you don't have a heater previously installed, then layout the wiring for the connections before returning the seat in place. Connect the fuse tap to the fuse that's turned on with the key in “Run” position. This prevents the battery from getting drained when the engine is turned off.
Step 8: Connect the brown wire to the metal ground point at the back of the dash. Then, reinstall the seat using the appropriate torque on all seat fasteners. Ensure that all of the seat back adjustments, seat height, and seat track can move freely.
Step 9: Reattach all of the seat electronics, and organize the wirings with a cable tie. This way, the wires won't get tangled with the seat track.
Step 10: Plug the battery cable, and test the heater's operation.
Tips and reminders:
- Don't deviate from the instructions manual, and exercise caution when dealing with seat belts, air bags, and occupant sensors.
- Be careful when removing the car seat, as this can be heavy. Its sharp edges may cause wounds or injuries when not handled properly.
- Ensure that all of the seat adjustments, such as the seat track, back recliner, height adjustments, armrest and headrest positions, are in good working condition before you reinstall the car seat in the vehicle.