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Seat Warmers

Discussion in 'How to' started by tommymac, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. tommymac

    tommymac Active Member Founding Member

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    Okay, it's winter. It's cold. And I guess I'm becoming a crank because I am tired of my butt freezing to the leather every morning I hop in the car. So....I'm thinking about putting in some seat warmers.

    Has anyone every done a DIY project with these? I assume it's pretty much just installing the unit in the seat and hooking it up to the power box.
     
  2. BigBigFan

    BigBigFan Fan of Life Founding Member

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    My truck has them and my wife swears by them but I'm not a big fan. It warms your bottom in a hurry but if you're going to be in the car for a while then you'll get too hot and uncomfortable, at least I do. They are great for when you just start up the car but it only takes a couple of minutes to get heat from the engine so ask yourself if you really need them for 120 seconds of use, occasionally.

    Also, if it's not factory there is a risk of fire or damage that won't be covered by warranty. You could always just go with one of those heating pads that you plug into the cig lighter instead of tearing out the seat. :)
     
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    Treighsie Active Member Founding Member

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    OOooh,, me wants!!! Seriously! I have a Dodge van. It's only a year old. My friend bought the same year but with all the bells and whistles. I didn't want the bells and whistles. However, when I'm in her van, and she puts on the seat warmers...well... I'm jealous!!! I wish I could have them!
     
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    BigBigFan Fan of Life Founding Member

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    Ok, it's heading down to minus 40 celsius in Canada tonight and so I imagine that a million Canucks may want a seat warmer in the morning.

    I can't even imagine 40 celsius below, how do the engines even turn over? Yikes.
     
  5. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I haven't done any yet but have heard of others doing it without an issue. They are a great feature in the winter, with leather they are almost a must have. Its not just to warm the seat up, its great on a tired back after a long day of work. Most have two settings so you just cut them back when it gets too hot.

    I remember being in my buddys fathers Jetta. We were driving along and I was getting uncomfortable. Pants and underwear felt like they were sticking to me. I kept moving around and my buddy started laughing. That was the first car I was in that had heat in cloth seats. It had a dial and he cranked it to 5 when I got in. LOL.

    I think the biggest thing would be removing the leather and then reinstalling it properly. It shouldn't be that hard on most cars. If you do it, you should, take lots of pics and post it here. It would a great addition to the site. If I had the extra money right now I would put a set in my Tribute.

    James
     
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    rosa Active Member Top Contributor

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    Fortunately, I don't neat seat warmers here. Do they sometimes over heat? What would happen if it does?
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I guess they could over what but a fuse should go before that happens.

    James
     
  8. Yvette4887

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    If you do install I hope you really know what you are doing. Because you do not want something you thought would be simple to cause more damage to your car. I think my car has sear warmers, but I have had cars with them. I actually never use them. Maybe it is just me, but I am scared they might get to hot, or cause a fire. When I make a mistake and turn it on, my butt feel like it is in an oven, then I begin to sweat. So I really do not use it.
    Georgia can get a little cold at times, but I don't think its cold enough for seat warmers, unless I was in that gridlock traffic jam which a lot of people were stuck in for 24 hours or longer.
     
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