Question about Volvo 240
Heating element woks fine, but in-switch lamp is dead.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Yes u must de-trim the seat cushion, the element is inside the seat, this is not a job for the novice, get the part yourself and take it to an automotive trim shop.
Posted on Dec 09, 2008
SOURCE: heated driver seat problem
I just repaired one not long ago.It was a 2001 with heated seats.The first thing you can do is switch the switches to see if the problem moves to the other seat.There are at least three little heaters attached to the foam,that is bonded to the leather.One had a broken wire,the other two [that I know of in the base] tested good.Seems they all have to be working,so everyone must be tested for continuity,with out being pluged in to the others.The only way to see whats going on is to somewhat remove the leather from the seat. With extreme care I was able to get more wire out of the heater and soldier it back on.Then used silicone or 3m window welder around[I don't remember wich] to protect it as that is how it kind of it from the factory. It looked like the wire broke at the edge of the protective part due to sitting on the seat too many times. Bad design,to hold up over time.
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
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.
The seat bottom work is a bit much ( to make sure the cover is on straight and no creases ) to spend the time patching vs. replacing what is a fairly cheap part.
You can try Tasca and Southwest ford parts online for the current element pricing.
Depending on the shape of the cover and cushion itself, you might consider replacing those ( or the cushion ) as long as you have it apart, but this is getting a bit expensive ( would be ~ 200.00 for all 3 new ).
I did the cushion at the same time, and it made the world of difference to the feel of the seat, just like the day it came out of the factory.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009
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