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Old December 22nd, 2004, 09:13 PM
PVKD PVKD is offline
Paul von Klosst-Dohna
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
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Seat Heater in my 95 LWB Classic Rangie

My seat heaters do not work. A couple of years ago the dealer told me that I would need to replace the elements as the switches are fine. Has anyone done this work? How difficult is it for the average mechanic?


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Old December 23rd, 2004, 10:09 AM
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John Lee
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Location: Torrance, CA
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I don't think it's hard to install new seat heater elements. I was thinking of installing the heater elements into my Defender seats after experiencing the sublime joys of the heated seats on Craig's D2 (Craig retrofitted the heeater elements into his SD). More than the warm butt, I love the warm lower back. Whenever I tweak my back, I could warm the seat to ease the pain whenever I'm driving. I've taken the upholstery off my Defender seats and it was very easy.

You might check your elements though before you replace them. The problem could be a smoked relay or something else much cheaper.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 01:30 PM
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Craig Kobayashi
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Location: Orange, CA
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If it's not the relay, it could easily be the elements. I've been told before that I should replace my heating elements prophylactically as they do tend to be the first thing to go.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 11:25 PM
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Paul von Klosst-Dohna
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Well its now 2005. The Rangie is my daily driver and I did get around to replacing the element. There are actually two elements but the one that was gone was in the seat base (the one in the back of the the seat checked out OK).

The job was a bit of a fiddle and took several hours (it would go easier next time around). I did need to purchase a pair of Hog Ring pliers to replace the hog rings I had to snip to get the leather off the seat base.

The heater works great and as the vehile sits outside at night its great to turn on that switch and feel the heat come on within a about 45 secs.

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