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Old 04-24-2003, 06:20 PM
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W126 Front seat heater no low setting

Hi, I have front and rear heated seats in my SEL.

The rears are working fine, you have low and high heat settings which are indicated by either 1 or 2 led's on the switch.

On the front though you can only select high or number 2. It automatically drops down to low after a preset amount of time but you cannot manually select low, you push the button but the led doesn't come on and no heat appears.

Any thoughts?

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Old 04-24-2003, 06:25 PM
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Try pushing the button the other way. pushing down activates the "two" lights or "quick warm-up" and up activates the "normal" mode.
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Old 04-24-2003, 06:43 PM
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Sorry if my post wasn't clear enough.

Pushing down gives me high with 2 led's and pushing up used to give me low heat and 1 led. This still works on the rear seats but not on the fronts anymore, however it automatically drops down to low after it's been on high for a while as normal.

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Old 04-25-2003, 03:19 AM
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Matt,

I would guess the switch is going south, er north in your case . If you have a little extra time you could try swapping the switches to see if the problem moves with the switch.
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Old 04-25-2003, 03:26 AM
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Hi Mike.

Just to clarify my post again, it's both front heated seat switches that are playing up, both rear's are fine.

I would suspect something common as I doubt that both switches are faulty and given that it auto switches to low after a while the majority of the circuitry is there and working.

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Old 04-25-2003, 04:44 AM
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I still lean toward the switches Matt. The fronts are located at the optimal location to have something spilled on them, while the rears are high in the door. Anyone spill a little coffee or soda lately? Might be worth trying to clean them out with some CRC contact cleaner.
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Old 04-25-2003, 05:33 AM
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Hi again Mike.

Definitely no spillage, there are no drinks or food ever in my car - I am a bit anal like that :-)

I will pull the switch panel and inspect over the weekend.

Matt.
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Old 04-25-2003, 09:25 PM
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I thought about this on the way into work this afternoon. I can't recall whether the 560 has a single relay for the heaters or a separate relay front and rear. If dual relays, the front could be acting up. No access to the manuals from the office so I can't cut sign for you.
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Old 04-25-2003, 10:41 PM
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It appears to be a relay per side that controls both high and low. I have hopefully linked a pic from the electrical guide on the cdrom.

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Old 04-26-2003, 05:23 AM
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Matt,

I wish I knew how to post the page from the manual, but I don't. I'm looking at it right now in another window. The diagram you posted appears to be for models through 87. On page 5 is the diagram for models starting 10/88. On that diagram the only common factors I see are the front control module #N25/5 and the connector block #X30.

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