Re: heated seats
"greywagon" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Has anyone ever tried installing third party seat elements? I'm curious
> because I have an 89 240 wagon with worn out heated seats which I'd
> REALLY like to repair..
I just replaced the elements in my 760GLE. The old units probably could
have been repaired. The resistive wire broke within the circuit, and
actually burned the cushion and the pad/element. I could have simply
trimmed back the material and soldered the wires together, test, and
However, what I did do was:
Found 12V resistive elements at a surplus store... installed them in the OE
units place, and voila!!! freakin' beautiful!! They get quite warm (maxes
out at 50C, which is hot..) They were not for seat heaters originally, but,
I knew they would work. $5 each!!! (Canadian!).
The only trouble I had was the lower cushion, I could not get the center tie
downs to fit in because of the contour of the cushion. I eliminated them
and it works/looks fine. The backrest came out perfect, punched holes in
the heater and voila!!
SUPER WARM!! :)
The carbon fiber elements are good, they are a bit expensive, but you can
cut them to any size without breaking the circuit (depending "how" you cut
it/where). They are quite flexible, and will outlast just about anything
Check your Volvo dealer, I bet the old heater elements might go cheap!
PLUS, if they are like the 760 units, they actually cover the entire seat
pad area, not just a tiny portion like new cars do.