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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All, I have been doing some research on heated seats, (winter pack in the US) and I've noticed that under both front seats in my 2011 Forester XT Premium there is a yellow cable sheath with some wires going to the seat and the back support of both chairs. MMmmm. Does anyone know if these are the wires for the seat heaters. I've been trying to find wiring diags, but there dosn't appear to be any information on what these are for. I have traced the wiring under the drivers powered seat and they are separete from the wires in the yellow cable sheath. My thinking is (if I'm not wrong) that maybe all Forester Primium have the wiring for heated seats is already installed (makes sense to me in the build process on the assemble line; think about it) Most car makers have one wiring loom installed in there cars and the difference is the fit off to the components. My thinking is that maybe all that is required is the switches for the console??? Have I lost the plot or wishing for too much?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 10:52 PM
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I really am just guessing here, but my thinking is that you are probably right about the cabling being there, but doubtful that the heating elements would be installed in the seats. If the elements were there (and the cabling) then a low cost of a switch would add another selling feature to the SX.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-21-2012, 12:50 AM
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Yellow = restraint systems e.g airbags, seatbelt pretensioners etc. Don't mess with them!

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Yah -I'm thinking they are seat passenger sensors for seatbelt warnings and whether to trigger the passenger airbag stuff....

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yellow = restraint systems e.g airbags, seatbelt pretensioners etc. Don't mess with them!

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My '09 doesn't have heated seats, and I found that I missed them.

Last year I bought a heated seat cover from Amazon for $20.00.

It lays over the bottom and back of the seat and elastic bands hold it in place. Then you plug it into the cig lighter and bingo, heated seats.

That heater works better than any standard heater I have ever used. I suppose it looks a little chinzy, but my butt doesn't care what the seat looks like, as long as it's warm !!

2009 2.5X with special "ping on 87" option
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i retro fitted heaters too

mine came from eBay and they were placed under the skin and power came from the front ciggie lighter, switches were found that are from earlier model and fit in place. I have seen some recent posts on ebay from sellers selling kit with everything that you need including switches for less than $100.
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