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2005 Mini Cooper S with cold-weather package: my driver's seat heat is not working when I sit (or when I press down on the RIGHT REAR of the seat). I believe that, while (enthusiastically) cleaning & vacuuming under the seat, I must have dislodged or crimped a wire. I checked all the snap-on connectors & they're good. I also tried to look under the back of the seat for the wiring but I cannot access under the upholstery for the rear wiring elements. Help, anyone?!

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  • Barbara Nov 16, 2010

    The seat heater works if I activate it without sitting on the seat, so a wire wouldn't be broken. I can see where to disconnect the heater connectors under the front of the seat, but it is unclear what kind of connections are on the inboard side of the seat. All that is visible is an accordian-type tube that carries the wiring to the bottom back of the seat. Even if I could successfully remove the seat, I would still have to find the wiring underneath the foam padding. Although I am a somewhat handy female, I am reluctant to start trying to remove the seat. I don't have a shop manual or schematics, but obviously I would not like to have to go to a dealer and get slammed by their hourly rates. Do you have any more specific information about the seat heater configuration and the way to remove the seat? Thanks!

  • Barbara Nov 17, 2010

    At first, the seat heater worked if I activate d it without sitting on the seat; this seemed to indicate that a wire probably wasn't broken. However, now (3 days later) the switch for the seat blinks on when I push it but then goes off immediately. I can see the heater connectors under the front of the seat, but it is unclear what kind of connections are on the inboard side of the seat. All that is visible is an accordian-type tube that carries the wiring to the bottom back of the seat. Even if I could successfully remove the seat, I would still have to find the wiring underneath the foam padding. Although I am a somewhat handy female, I am reluctant to start trying to remove the seat. I don't have a shop manual or schematics, but obviously I would not like to have to go to a dealer and get slammed by their hourly rates. Now I am not sure about whether the problem is in the switch (located between the seats, behind the gear shift) or in the seat wiring. I need more specific help/thoughts/suggestions. Thanks!

  • Barbara Nov 18, 2010

    Thanks to guru Emissionwiz for his detailed diagnosis! It makes sense to me and sounds right. Although it's not something I could do myself - and for which he wisely advised only qualified technicians - I now have the information I need to solve the problem. I am very grateful for his detailed comments and advice. Well done!

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Hello
I have a lot of experience with seat heater problems like yours many times in my years as a dealer techcnican, this problem of no heat almost certainly is caused by a defective heater grid inside the seat cushion, The seat will need to be de-trimmed and the heating grid (much like an electric blanket grid) replaced, I really don't think you could have done anything to cause this while cleaning, the problem occurs due to the movement of the cushion wiring every time you set in the seat and get out, after thousands of times the wires degrade and break.
To repair this you must have an automotive trim shop (a shop that does auto interiors repair work like new seat covers) remove the seat cover (a job for a skilled expert) and install the new heating grid into the seat cushion under the seat cushion cover, the part will need to come from the dealer parts department as it is not available from any other source. The cost of the part is about $100.00 and a like amount to install it (depending on local labor rates).

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This could be two different problems. The first and most likely problem is that the switch in the seat is no longer working. The other problem could be that you did dislodge a wire for the heater. You will have to remove the seat to check all wiring to make sure that noting is loose. Or a broken wire.

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