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schwartzki 02-15-2009 06:53 PM

HOW TO: Fix your heated seat
This thread is a walkthrough for repairing your broken heated seat in your 05+ Legacy or Outbacks.

Start out by removing the 4 seat bolts

Once you have taken all 4 bolts out, lift the front of the seat up and you will see all these connectors for the power seat and airbags:

Some plugs are tricky to get off, shown below is a particular airbag plug and how to get it off:

This plugs outer shell slides back and then it unplugs:

Next step is to take the seat out, be careful in this part as you can easily scratch your plastic.

Seat Removed:

Once removed, set the seat on a flat work surface and on the back of the seat take the screws out:

Picture of the right side plastic cover on the drivers side seat
You have to work around the seat belt plug, you can get it apart without taking the belt plug off:

The left side is a bit more difficult:

In from the front there are plastic retaining screws:

One plastic screw in the middle:

Pic of the left side panel removed:

Left front seat cover anchor, there are many of these all around holding the cover on:

On the back of the seat, on the bottom there is a stretchy cord, remove:

On the front of the seat there is a plastic screw holding the front cloth cover:

Front seat anchor, roll it off:

Right front anchor:

Another sneaky one on the back right side:

Now that you got most of the cloth retainers you can peal the cover off the front of the cushon and back, you will run into these below, they are called hog rings:

These are what the hog rings look like, you will need to get a new ones and a hog ring tool as well:

schwartzki 02-15-2009 06:54 PM

There are metal rods going down both sides of the seat

To remove, take the pliers and twist the hog rings off:

At this point take out the 4 screws for the back of the seat and lay it down right behind the seat.

Then roll off the back seat retainer:

Then unscrew this screw, which holds the cushion on the frame:

This tricky little bugger hides, remove it:

Covers off!!:

My heater overlay got pulled forward, and pulled a wire out:

Follow the seat heater wire to its harness mounting point, undo this tie(its reusable):

We moved the wire up to tell which one it was easier:


schwartzki 02-15-2009 06:55 PM

Replacement part:

Plug for the back heater, it operates on the chain relay, meaning if the butt circuit isn't complete, then the back wont work either:

Close up of plug:

Old broken one:

Yay your all apart, now put the new one in and put it back together!

Hog ring tool
You will need this tool to put the seat cloth back on the cushion:

Take the ring and put it through the metal rod and clamp it to the metal rod in the cushon:

The rest is just reverse of taking it apart!

Yay your heated seat is working again

Good Luck!

PhilT 02-15-2009 07:20 PM

Holy cow man. Great walk through but no way I would even think about attempting that.

CapnJack 02-15-2009 07:21 PM

EXCELLENT WALK THROUGH! Did you happen to notice the location of the thermostat for the seat heater?

schwinn 02-15-2009 07:29 PM

Holy crap... excellent writeup. I hope I don't ever have to do this.

One thing I'd consider is adding some heating elements on the side-bolsters, at least on the seat... those don't get warmed!

hutru01 02-15-2009 08:07 PM

Not that I would ever attempt this, but that was one hell of a walk through. Props to you for the patience. I am sure people will benefit from this.

jxjjang 02-15-2009 08:16 PM

.... WOW

the back part to my seat heater is broken, but i dont think i could go through this.. haha

schwartzki 02-15-2009 08:20 PM


Originally Posted by CapnJack (Post 2305633)
EXCELLENT WALK THROUGH! Did you happen to notice the location of the thermostat for the seat heater?

I didnt see one, the pad was just a wire. It is possible there is one tho, i didnt see it.

jarrod 02-15-2009 08:58 PM

wow what a pita

RustyShackleford 02-15-2009 11:30 PM

I think I'll just shoot myself instead.
(But thanks for the writeup !)

Wang Lung 02-16-2009 12:10 AM

Looks like a lable on the pic of the bad heater. Does it mention manufacturer? Thanks for the walkthru, btw.

rao 02-16-2009 06:22 AM

Very nice.

el5y 02-16-2009 07:23 AM

The most important part ;) That would be awesome to have a nice toolbox

nice walk through!


Originally Posted by schwartzki (Post 2305584)

EvilCamaroSS 02-18-2009 07:58 AM

i wonder if the hog rings apply to leather seats as well

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