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2001 Toyota Camry XLE seat heaters don't work

My seat heaters don't work. The switch lights up when pushed but no heat. Is it the elements in each seat or something else?

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  • harire Jan 06, 2009

    It is unfortunate if it is the heater elements. That is the second time the passenger side has gone. The first one was under warranty. They are very expensive and I don't like the prospect of removing the leather seat cover to expose them. I also seems pointless to change them if they are just going to break again. I just hoped it was something else like an easily swapped relay.

  • harire Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks Toyota Ed.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    If the switch lights up, the relay and the power sources can be construed to be OK. If the heaters are not unplugged, and the wires are OK, the only possibility is the heater-elements. Sorry.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    You most likely have an open circuit in the heaters themselves. The heaters are nothing more than an element that resembles the rear window defroster grid.

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It can be done, but for the cost of a new heating element, it is worth the purchase. The replacement for my 2001 I think was ~ 40.00 ( online, plus shipping costs ) for the bottom cushion heating element.

You can take the same amount of work to remove the seat cushion, remove the cover, and try soldering the broken elements ( usually the thigh area in the front ), but you have a used element that is patched. The way I have seen it done, is actually using wire to close the circuit again, not create a new element section.
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