The weather warmed up and we didn't lose power this weekend, so I decided to dive into my seat heater problem. There were plenty of clues on this website with a search, but a lot of broken links.
I decided to share my experience with you all.
The passenger heater worked fine.
The driver side heater would flash on and turn off. (Typical)
(Story spoiler - I ended up finding a broken element wire and a bad module.)
It sounded like the odds were pretty good that it was one of the elements, so I decided to just pull the seat so I could get some working room. The seat comes out pretty easy. All you really need is a T45 Torx socket for the 4 bolts.
This is a GXP and it could be similar to most Bonnevilles.
To remove the seat... move the seat all the way up and forward.
Here'* a picture with the seat removed and the location of the T45 bolts.
There are two T45 bolts in the back. The first bolt is screwed sideways into the rocker panel.
The other bolt is under this half-round cover:
Move the seat backwards until you can see the front covers. They have these little tabs that need to be squeezed so the covers can be slid straight forward.
Remove the two covers and remove the two T45 bolts.
Now, you can tip the seat backwards and get to the two plugs at the carpet.
One of these plugs is for the side airbag. There is probably a good procedure to follow before unplugging the airbag. And I'll let someone else share that information. (I just unplugged them.)
The seat can be removed. I tilted the steering wheel up and pulled it thru the front door.
Here'* the bottom of the seat...
Now we will talk about the heater.
As near as I can tell, there are at least 5 elements in the seat…
Yes, You can access the module and the seat elements without removing the seat.
The module is held on with two 8mm screws (or a flat screwdriver). The gap on the rail side may be too narrow to get a socket in there. I had to use a screwdriver.
Here’* a picture of the module. It has two plugs. The smaller plug has four wires that lead to the heater elements.
Yes, the elements are wired in series. One break, and they’re all gone.
From the small plug, the two gray wires probably go to a thermo-couple to monitor the heat temperature. The Red and Black wires go to the elements. If you put an ohmmeter across these wires, there should be resistance. I had nothing. My main problem was this broken wire.
There is one long clip holding the lower seat cover on. Remove the one Torx screw first, and then pull down on the clip(*).
Here are pictures…
That is as far as I had to go to solder in a short wire. I now had resistance at the red & black wires. Unfortunately, that didn’t fix the heater. I also had a bad module. That’* why there is a module under each seat. Swapped them, and the problem moved to the passenger seat. I looked inside the module… a lot of circuitry, but no obvious faults.
GMPartsDirect has the 25737275 module for $64.40 (plus shipping).
I’m thinking that my passengers are going to freeze. Sorry.