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2001 Subaru Outback LTD; 2.5 ltr. Passenger seat heater does not work. I checked the fuses according to the manual, but can't find correct fuse. Fuse panel picture not the same as panel in car.

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  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    I have the same problem on an 03 Forrester. Where the manual says the fuse should be there isn't even a fuse. Also the odometer/outside temp. gage light quit working the same time the seat heaters quit.

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Both seat heaters in this car are on the same fuse and relay. If one is working and the other is not, you can assume that the fuse and relay are okay. It could either be a broken circuit in the seat heater itself or a bad switch. Most likely it is a break in the heater element. I had this problem in my 2004 forester on the driver side. after removing the upholstry cover on the seat and some careful inspection I found two broken solder joints at each thermostat in the seat heater element. A quick solder job fixed the problem. The only real difficulty on the job was that the thermostats and associated connections are sandwiched between two layers of fabric and filled with hot glue. Careful probing with the end of a soldering iron can melt the hot glue away from the areas you need access to. A quick internet search will find you some pretty good directions on how to remove the seat covers. Hope this helps.

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