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Driver Heated Seat 03 Suburban

My 2003 suburban has heated seats, when I turn the heated seat on the drivers side on, it comes on, then I hear a click from under the seat, and it goes off. It will only stay on maybe 1 second, the passenger side works fine until you turn driver side heated seat on, then they both go off. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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  • shalte73 Dec 15, 2008

    i have the exact same problem with my 03. I still cannot find anyone who knows the solution.

  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem!! 03 Suburban.

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    I have exact same problem. 03 suburban

  • striider Dec 31, 2008

    Yup - same symptom - comes on for a second then turns off. Then LED light on switch comes on for a asplit second only and I hear the click but turns off super fast. Neither seat works when this occurs. Resetting the ignition causes the 1 second on, then off to start over.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    have the same problem...2003 suburban

  • slmpayne Jan 02, 2009

    same problem 2003 suburban

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    Same problem.

  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    samething

  •  Mason Landstreet
    Mason Landstreet Jan 07, 2009

    Exact same thing on a Tahoe

  • JohnB520 Jan 15, 2009

    I have a 2005 Suburban and have the same exact problem, except driver seat last about 30 seconds before it goes out.

  • richmond437 Feb 04, 2009

    Same here but with a 2005 Suburban ?

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    Same problem, now my driver's side just clicks on and off the whole trip

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2009

    same thing turns on for 30 seconds, then turns off

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    When I turn the heated seats on from the buttons on the door the lights come on and then click off a few seconds later. Both driver and passenger side. Checked and changed fuses did not solve the problem

  • c38hot May 11, 2010

    sounds like relay worn out or temperature sensor problem

  • Loren S II
    Loren S II Dec 18, 2013

    Same issue 03

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The most likely failure point is the driver heated seat elements. They probably have excessive resistance and once they warm up a little they short out the module and it defaults to not working. I would recommend replacing both upper and lower driver seat elements.

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Identical thing here with my '03 Surburban LT.

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