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post #1 of 14 Old 01-13-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Heated seat not working? '08 sdn

I just got my 2008 EX-L sedan 4 cyl and noticed both front heated seats seem not to work. I have an apointment at local dealer tomorrow (brake & tranny fluids + installation of a block heater) but I would like to know if this is a frequent failure. and is there a "standard" cause?

Could it be just a fuse?

Where is the fuse box and which fuse to look at?

NOTE: Both small lights on the switches are working.


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Were you seating on the seat when you turned on the heater? If you didnt then they wont work because it doesnt have any weight its a safety feature. I hope this helps.


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They're not working because you're not sitting on them

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Does the yellow/orange light come on when you turn them on low/high? Has the car had any stereo work done?

You might want to pop off the console cover and verify that someone didn't unplug the switches. Check fuses, too.

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I was sitting on them as well as my passenger was on RH seat and none were heating. Car is totally stock so stereo is OEM. Both switches' lights were coming on at both positions. I did not noticed if it was yellow on the low side though; I think it was orange on both positions for both switches.
Car was to my father; he surely did not had the switches unplugged.
I'll check fuse tomorrow; owner manual says they are inside, on the passenger side.

So there's no frequent failure on heated seats??

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I sometimes feel the opposite. I left them off, and it felt kind of warm. I don't give off that much body heat that fast. I aslo have another EX-L so I know how leather seats in the morning "should" feel on a cold day.

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I would check the fuses in the underdash driver side or loose connection for the heated seats which are under the seats if both fine faulty heated seats but that's rare! Lmk
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Sorry guys but looks like the seats are working...
I checked again this morning (passenger also) and they do emit some heat but much less than I was expecting. I already got heated seats in an older car (1988 Jetta GLI) and there was a rush of heat when I was turning them on; I was expecting the same on my Accord but looks like I was wrong...
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Sorry guys but looks like the seats are working...
I checked again this morning (passenger also) and they do emit some heat but much less than I was expecting. I already got heated seats in an older car (1988 Jetta GLI) and there was a rush of heat when I was turning them on; I was expecting the same on my Accord but looks like I was wrong...
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Glad it's working but yes the heated seats on Accords are kind of weak. You have to put it on high and it takes several minutes.

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Glad it's working but yes the heated seats on Accords are kind of weak. You have to put it on high and it takes several minutes.
Agreed...on a cold morning, it might take ~3 minutes before I actually feel the heat.

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Hey, I have sort of the same issue with my 08 Accord Leather they do work but the only thing I find is the section of the seat where the lower back rest on the seat way warmer then the seated ass area. would that be normal??
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I'm having a similar issue. When I have my heated seat on(driver's), I only feel the heat on my back(through a jacket and a sweater) but none on my butt.
Anyone experience this before?
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The dealership diagnosed the issue and they said I need a new assembly for it and it would cost $700CAD(parts) + labour. Does anyone know where I can source one cheaper than that?

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$700 for just the bottom seat heater element is a rip off!

I had the same thing. The dealer told me the lower seat heater element needed to be replaced. The part was about $300 and labour was about 2 hours ($200) and worked out to be $600.

Crazy that it costs that much to replace the seat heater element. I didn't get it done, but I may just see about getting a replacement part from the US for much less and do the work myself.
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