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Replacing heating element in 2008 ford taurus x

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SOURCE: 2008 Ford Taurus X. Drivers side heated seat

Hi, its bad news im afraid it is the heating element its over heated which they do from time to time so the only way your going to solve this is replacing the element, if the light wasnt lighting up at all then it could have been a fuse or a wire worked loose but as the light is flashing this is showing you a warning message that the unit is no longer operating due to a problem with the heating element.

the only option you have of solving this is to get the whole heating element replaced and the rest checking to ensure it wasnt a short that caused the element to pack up

let me know if you need further assistance ok

im sorry i couldnt give you good news or an easy fix but if you had said the light dont light up at all then i would have said check fuse and or the wiring harness but as your are getting the flashing light then this is telling you that the heater is cutting off due to a fault with the element.

Posted on Oct 04, 2010


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TSB 09-4-8
BEFORE 12/14/2007

2005-2007 Five Hundred, Freestyle
2008 Taurus X, Taurus

2005-2007 Montego
2008 Sable

Some 2005-2007 Freestyle, Five Hundred, Montego and 2008 Taurus, Sable and Taurus X vehicles built before 12/14/2007 may exhibit an inoperative heated seat(s). This concern may be caused by an intermittent open element in the heated seat mat.

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2. Refer to WSM 501-10 for heated seat element replacement when an open electrical circuit has been identified.

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MT090408 Use SLTS Operations If Actual
Available Or Labor Time
Performed As Actual Time

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I hope this helps to solve it.

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