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Old 11-15-2007, 10:31 PM   #1
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Default Adding Heated Seat to 97 LGT

Early production 97 LGT with leather. Seats chapped so I found new ones from a Limited with Heaters. I put the seats and switches in, all plugs were in proper places (although I had to dig under the carpet), but no power. Dangitall! I search some more to find there is a small seperate fuse box that should be under the lower panel to the left of the steering wheel, but I don't have one?! Does anyone know what I can do to safely get them power?

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Old 11-16-2007, 12:53 AM   #2
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why not just wire up your own fuses and relays? shouldn't take more than a few hours to do all that.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:32 AM   #3
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That may need to be done. In using this forum I was hoping for some more detailed info; like which wire in the main branch to tap into. Or more importantly which wire to tap into on the switch/seat side. I'm sure there is a cleaner way than running another wire through my firewall and I'm willing to bet someone else has run into this. There may just be something tucked away that I haven't found (like the seat plugs buried under the carpet).
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:15 PM   #4
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well when i swapped out the carpet on my wagon, i don't recall seeing any extra wires tied up anywhere, so i'm guessing that there is a different wiring harness for the models with heated seats.

truthfully though, once you take out the dash and carpet, you'll see that there's quite a few spots where you can run wires through the firewall to do this. plenty of places inside the dash to hide a relay as well, and hiding fuse holders isn't very hard in the engine bay.
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Old 11-17-2007, 01:47 AM   #5
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You don't need to go into engine bay. All wiring goes into fuse block on left a pillar. There would be 2 fuse holder (2 seat) Can you get back to the heat seat donor car? You'll find where the wiring hooks into. But I wouldn't do it.
I do work for a salvage company that rebuilds subi wrecks. I un hook every O/B that has 'em. I've seen to many get totaled 'cause the wiring harness either got rubbed thru (happens when a hole opens up in the l/f footwell near the SRS wire harness) or someone taps into the fuse for a radio/'radar det, etc. and a wiring short turns to wire fire. Plus there isn't a timer on them. So that warm fanny stays warm until you shut it off. But you will find all you need under left dash. Good luck jb
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:39 PM   #6
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Yeah, I work for a salvage place too and know where the three fuse box should be with all the major connectors, but it isn't there?!?! It seems very strange to me that my car is wired with the switch receptacles in the center console and the seat connectors but not the little fuse box. I've even seen other 97's with the fuse box in the right place.

I was concerned about tapping into the main harness as I've heard about meltdowns, but again its wierd to have most of the wiring setup minus one important piece. I grabbed the little fuse box from another car and was hoping someone knows where the switch and seat wires run so I can complete the circuit with minimal invasion.

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