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Ok i know this is a chronic problem, but mine is different. the pads are just fine, infact i think the PO had them replaced recently, due to new hogrings on the bottom of the seat. They just dont heat up, and i have no idea why. theres no broken wires in the pads (full continuity) and i get 12v at the port under the seats with the switch on, but they just dont heat up.<p>any ideas? i hate knowing that i have them and cant use them!!
 

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Re: Why arent my heated seats working? (Camyman)

because it's no longer winter!?<p>besides, mine doesn't have heated seats so why should anyone else's have them <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>perhaps taking a DVOM and measuring voltage drops across the related connections and consumers will give you a certain diagnosis which will lead you to a effective repair<p>know how?<p>voltage drop testing is a vital element to methodical eletrical diagnosis and from what I've seen, seldom utilized even by professional parts changers
 

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Re: Why arent my heated seats working? (username)

well thursday it snowed and was about 36 degrees outside, but friday was beatuiful.<p>heres an update. i figured out it was the switches, and get this, they were full of hair and soda <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> ... ive made an attempt at cleaning them out, but they are just too dirty to go back together right, so im going to the dealership to get some new switches.<p>anyone know what the resistance should be on the elements in the seats? thanks!<p>edit: when i say full, i mean F U L L! it was making the switch hard to move, i never thought anything of it till i opened one and saw the thing jammed with hair, oxidized copper, soda, and what looks like glue...<p>im getting new ones.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Camyman at 1:34 AM 4-8-2006</i>
 

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Re: Why arent my heated seats working? (Camyman)

you may have success using any number of readily avialable "Electrical Parts Cleaners/ Solvent/lubricant"<p>CRC makes a very good one as does Wurth<p>you should be able to get the CRC about anywhere<p>I've saved many door and window switches with such products..... works great even for flip front radio contacts...... lots of stuff eletrical!<p>I do believe the elements themselves will have close to zero resistance when cold
 

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And don't go to the damn dealership. If FCP Groton doesn't have them, foreigncarpartsonline.com or any WorldPac parts site will have them for reasonable prices.<p>EDIT: <A HREF="http://catalog.eautopartscatalog.com/fcpgroton/wizard.jsp?partner=fcpgroton&clientid=foreigncarpartsonline.com&baseurl=http://www.foreigncarpartsonline.com/&cookieid=1OW1BO6Y81RX0QGLKK&year=1990&make=VO&model=240--004&category=All&part=Seat+Heater+Switch" TARGET="_blank">Here you go, Genuine Volvo seat switches fora 1990 Volvo 240</A> Only $41.53 each at <A HREF="http://www.foreigncarpartsonline.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.foreigncarpartsonline.com</A> which is the standard-issue WorldPac parts site of FCP Groton. It really pays to check these WorldPac places when you have foreign cars...they have a lot of surprising stuff sometimes.<p>EDIT A SECOND TIME: Scratch that first link...FCP Groton has them for less than $29 <A HREF="http://www.fcpgroton.com/volvo240relayswitch.htm#switch" TARGET="_blank">here</A><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AndytheNissanBoy at 10:12 AM 4-9-2006</i>
 

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thanks for the links, but now i need new pads, i leaned into both of them with my knee and broke them <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> , so this summer when i reuphoulster ill get the kits from iPD and just replace them. I may even be a wierdo and buy 4 and put them in the back seats too. they need some creature comfort too right?<p>because this is my thread i feel i have the right to change the topic a little and ask this: should i save up money for real leather or just do vinyl? i personally am fine with some nice vinyl but i love the feel of real leather. i clean my car pretty much every weekend so upkeep wouldnt be that bad. what is everyones opinion?
 

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Skip the leather. Repair the existing seats and covers then slip on a pair of JCW seat covers in a color to match and with a pleasing pattern.<p><A HREF="http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Browse/tf-Browse/s-10101/in_dim_search-1/showCustom-0/N-111+10201+600003267/c-10101" TARGET="_blank">http://www.jcwhitney.com/autop...10101</A><p>George Dill<p>
 

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Re: Why arent my heated seats working? (Camyman)

I like leather and those lamb things are a nice compliment to them<p>butt really....... I suppose I should be happy just to have a seat<p>back in the old days you had to pay extra to get luxury items like seats, door handles, windshields, headlights, and stuff like that
 
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