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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 06:40 AM
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fiziksgxp : ..... Since GM warns against installing seat heaters in the passenger seat, does anybody KNOW whether an installation in the passenger seat would void the warranty??
The answer is the same as to every other such warranty question: A modification cannot, by law, void a warranty unless that modification actually contributes to or causes the failure.

That said, if you have a passenger seat heater installed, and if the passenger seat sensor fails, you may have a hard time getting the warranty to pay for it.

Given your worry, the best compromise would be to install only the seatback heating element, as it would be difficult to blame it for a sensor failure in the seat bottom.

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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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Just one more thing though, depending on the heater kit, installing just the back pad my only allow one temp setting. If it has a relay control (as mine does) the "low" temp setting is created by putting the pads is series (half the voltage across each). If you don't have a second pad installed, that obviously won't work, so you'll only have off or high for the back pad.

I think some kits have solid-state controllers and they may well work with the two settings in this configuration.

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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Per my thread I just re-installed the seat heater mat on the passenger seat (that the dealership removed).

In doing so, I discovered a better way of removing the 'Christmas tree' pins that hold the sides of the passenger bottom cushion cover. Normally (what I did before too) folks just pry these out with a panel popper tool inserted between the metal seat frame and the pleather. But this is not only a pain and difficult, but it almost always results in one or more (or ALL) of the pins breaking off.

So I realised that, using a small/medium channel lock (or bent nose) pliers, you can grip the IN-side tip of the Christmas tree pin(s) and push/rotate them out from the inside. No broken pins so you can reuse them afterwards. Once you've pushed them out so just a 1/4 inch is showing, use a short piece of wood (I used some 1/2" dowel) and a small hammer to tap them out the rest of the way.

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