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Heated driver seat doesn't heat on 2003 ford explorer

The passenger seat heats just fine and the lil heated seat icon iluminates but driver seat wont get warm anymore. Any suggestions

God Bless,
Jay

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  • myimpala1962 Nov 14, 2008

    Thank you soo much! About what is the ballpark cost to get this fixed?





    Jay

    myimpala1962@yahoo.com

  • myimpala1962 Nov 14, 2008

    Thank you once again, and God Bless!

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I have a similar problem with a couple extras. I locked the keys in the truck and used my keyless entry pad on the door to unlock. When the lock (knob) popped up, I heard a noise. That's when the driver seat quit heating AND the lock button on the driver's side door will only unlock. It will not lock. The passenger side works fine. Could this be a fuse? Or electric?
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This is a common problem if you use the seat heater alot.one or both of the seat heater elements will have burned up or broken.where i live it is very cold most of the time and i have replaced hundreds of the seat heater elements.it is rare for it not to be one or both of the elements.

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  • tom coady Nov 14, 2008

    not sure of cost for elements but call around and get a few prices.it takes no more than an hour to replace BOTH elements.

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