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Old 12-12-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default 2011 wrx sedan heated seats help.

hey guys I need some help, I have a 2011 wrx sedan with heated seats and the drivers side stopped working. the switch doesn't light up and the seat doesn't get warm, any ideas/ im thinking a bad switch, anyone know how to remove the cover to get the switch out , or can I get the switch out without removing the console cover?
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Take it back to the dealer!! U still under warranty!!
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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yeah I think im out of warranty it has 45000 miles on it
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:45 PM   #4
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You're out of your powertrain warranty, you mean... Take it into the dealer and see what they say.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:52 PM   #5
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are there separate fuses or relays for the seats?
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #6
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You're out of your powertrain warranty, you mean... Take it into the dealer and see what they say.
Powertrain warranty is 5 years/60,000 miles. Bumper to bumper (which this would fall under) is 3 years/36,000 miles.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:27 PM   #7
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My 2006 has 53,000 miles. How on earth did you get 45,000 miles on a 2011 already?

Haha.

Back on track, Pull the switch out.

- Check for 12v power supply wire voltage coming in to the switch with your digital multimeter., and test light to confirm that you have power to the switch. If you have power coming to the switch -->
- Check the switch for continuity next. If you have continuity in the switch, but the switch fails to turn the heating element inside the seat on -->
- Check to see that there is 12v power arriving at the seat via unplugging the harness from the seat. If that is good -->

Perhaps the heating element in the seat is no good. Sometimes the switches stop lighting up but are still working due to various issues, bad bulb in switch, poor ground, short circuit.

Just trace it from the power supply to the switch all the way to the seat. Eventually you will find where the power stops.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:52 PM   #8
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My 2006 has 53,000 miles. How on earth did you get 45,000 miles on a 2011 already?

Haha.

Back on track, Pull the switch out.

- Check for 12v power supply wire voltage coming in to the switch with your digital multimeter., and test light to confirm that you have power to the switch. If you have power coming to the switch -->
- Check the switch for continuity next. If you have continuity in the switch, but the switch fails to turn the heating element inside the seat on -->
- Check to see that there is 12v power arriving at the seat via unplugging the harness from the seat. If that is good -->

Perhaps the heating element in the seat is no good. Sometimes the switches stop lighting up but are still working due to various issues, bad bulb in switch, poor ground, short circuit.

Just trace it from the power supply to the switch all the way to the seat. Eventually you will find where the power stops.
Garage queen, you need to drive that more

Mine has 37k and it isn't even my daily. It would be twice that otherwise.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:04 PM   #9
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Powertrain warranty is 5 years/60,000 miles. Bumper to bumper (which this would fall under) is 3 years/36,000 miles.
Illbedamned... Coulda swore it was the other way around!
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Old 12-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #10
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does anyone know how to take the switch out
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:53 PM   #11
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carefully.. a little flat-head screw driver under one end of the switch, and pry gently, or remove the panel that it is attached to, and access the tabs that release it from the inside as not to break anything.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:13 PM   #12
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Default Heated Seat Switch Replacement

My driver side heated seat switch stopped working and I needed to replace it. I made a video of how to do the replacement. I got my switch used from another person. I have a 2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i Premium Hatchback. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx-g...G1HvSdhz4HcVhw
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:48 AM   #13
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Sorry to bump up an old thread, but I just watched the video. Thanks for posting this, I'm sure it will help others, but I wonder why you removed the whole console to replace a the heated seat switch? I would understand if you wanted to squeeze the tabs that hold the switch in from underneath to prevent marring the console, but you still pried the switch up, with a pocket knife non-the-less lol. You could have just pried the switch to begin with without removing the console, the connector/harness would follow.
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:32 PM   #14
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are their individual fuses for the heated seats? My drivers side heated seat DOES work but DOESNT illuminate.
is their a fuse or bulb within the switch that I may change ?
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:14 PM   #15
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Did you watch the video linked in post #12? It shows the switch as an assembly. Looks to be a one piece relay with built in... everything. If the seat heater itself works, but the light doesn't, sounds like the bulb inside burnt out. The guy got a new switch for $10 and spent 8 minutes rambling to replace it. I'm sure the replacement can be done in 5 minutes.

Parts.subaru.com has the part for ~$40. Not sure exactly which part number it is. But you can call up a dealer to confirm. Then order from elsewhere discounting it, like www.subarugenuineparts.com

That all said, how often do you look at the bulb? I look at the switch and notice that it's depressed either forwards or back and adjust accordingly.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:24 PM   #16
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This is hilarious! I just posted in the technical section trying to answer the same question for another 11 owner. I'll pass on the same info:

Today I took the switch out of my 11 to clean it (previous owner had something sticky in it). I can't answer why your light is out but it is super easy to take apart if you wanted to check for loose parts.

Sorry the pic looks like it was taken with a potato. The bulb is on the blue piece:


EDIT: I just find it funny that 3 11 WRX owners are working on driver's side seat heater switches today lol

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Old 04-27-2015, 01:05 PM   #17
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My switches bulb went out... how to just replace that..
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:21 PM   #18
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My switches bulb went out... how to just replace that..
I wrote a very small post on this in my build from when I did it! Extremely easy and quick.

Here is the text found here, Reid's Satin White Pearl WRX Limited.

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Problem/Fix: Heated Seat Switch Bulb Burnt Out
Part #: Radioshack 272-1092

Sorry for the bad pic quality. Used my terrible S5 camera since the Nikon was charging lol.

The small little bulb in the heated seat switch went out a few weeks ago and I found the fix with the help of a friend. Radioshack sells the bulbs in 2 packs for 99 cents. The entire replacement takes about 5 min.



You'll need to get the switch out of the center trim. Many people say they removed the trim but you don't have to. Just be careful. Pry the switch out from the back using a flat head. Try to avoid marking up the plastic trim by wrapping the flat head in masking tape. Once the switch it free, unplug the wiring harness.

Now with the switch free, use 2 small flat heads to unclip each side of the switch internals. Then the internals should pull right out. I don't have pics of these steps but you'll figure it out once you see the switch. Pretty obvious when looking at the switch construction.

Now I do have pics of the insides. You'll have the black exterior, blue switch board, the black slider (closes the circuit on the switch board depending on high or low setting), a very small ball bearing (creates the 'click' feel), and the switch itself.



This is the part you'll need...



The bulb in the rubber 'socket' can slide right off the metal contacts. No glue or anything. Slide right off. Then, take note on how the bulb leads/wires are routed in the rubber socket. Maybe take a pic if that would help you!

Unwrap the old bulb and replace with the new bulb. Don't cut the new leads until you get the new bulb completely in the rubber socket. The long leads make it easier to route the wires.



And that is it! You just saved about $80 for a new switch.
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