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Old 08-30-2012, 08:28 AM   #1
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Default Heated Seats Always On?

Not sure where to put this, so I dumped it here:
For the past few weeks my driver seat has felt warm after a few minutes of driving. I've got a 2011 wrx ltd with heated leather. Yes, i know its summer, but it feels like a different type of warm that I've been dealing with all summer. Yes, the heated seats are turned off. No, i haven't set up an appointment. I just wanted to see if anyone else's heated seats might be on without being on. I couldn't find anything in the search...

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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I've had no issues like that with my heated leather seats...so far so good.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:31 PM   #3
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NP here... Go to your dealer!
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:50 PM   #4
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yep, definately something to consult your dealer about.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:23 PM   #5
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My wifes van had a seat heater that wouldn't shut off or regulate. It actually burnt through the seat making a hole and gave her a small second degree burn
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:09 PM   #6
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2013 Impreza Sport Premium, same problem. Switches are off. Seat is heated, can't be turned off.

40 degrees outside temp after yesterday's noreaster. Climate control on coldest setting, even turned on AC for awhile. The seat was still crazy hot. Not as hot as the high setting, but hot and extremely uncomfortable.

Anybody know which fuse to pull until I can get it to a dealer?
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:18 AM   #7
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VW had a problem with this years ago, so something like what you're talking about is totally possible.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:38 AM   #8
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Fuse #17 in your fuse box (inside car) powers your heated seats.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:41 AM   #9
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My wifes van had a seat heater that wouldn't shut off or regulate. It actually burnt through the seat making a hole and gave her a small second degree burn
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I guess you could say your wife has a "hot" ass

Fuse #17 ftw
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:28 AM   #10
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:15 PM   #11
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #12
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Hey, thanks for the replies. Took it to Liberty today. The switches seem to be fine. They put one seat on, left the other one off, and let it idle for awhile. Scanned it with a temp sensor gun. They couldn't find anything wrong... I don't know. I'm gonna try pulling the fuse this weekend and see if it makes any difference. If not, I have to guess the heating pads may contain some very efficient reflective material.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:15 AM   #13
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Update - drove it around with no fuse for over a month. Seemed better, but then it didn't seem better and I wasn't sure. Put the fuse back in and took it back for service. They kept it for a day and still couldn't find anything wrong with the seat warmers.

The frustrating thing is they said they didn't notice it was hot while driving... ??? I don't see how that's possible. It gets so hot after an hour I want to pull over and call a cab. So I took out the fuse again and it still gets hot. Now I'm sure it's not the seat warmers. But I don't know what it is! This is driving me nuts.

One of the techs suggested it may be heat from the transmission. I'm sitting right on top of it (5MT). Could this be possible? Shouldn't there be a heat shield if the trans really gets that hot? Could the trans be overheating?

I've been in touch with SOA but they can't do anything unless a dealer service tech finds the problem. Sorry if this is a thread hijack, but I really need some help with this. I can't keep driving it this way. Any suggestions and/or things for the dealer to check will be appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:13 AM   #14
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Just drive it around for an hour before bringing it in and explain that its happening right then.
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