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Heated seat problems Ford Freestyle, Five Hundred, Montego

Fix Heated seat problems Ford Freestyle, Five Hundred, Montego

Ford has issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) #06-2-11 to address Heated seat problems in the following vehicles: 2005-06 Freestyle, Five Hundred, and Montego built through 11/22/2005. The problem may be caused by the heater harness being trapped between the track torsion bar and the cushion when the seat is in the rear full tilt down position. That damages the soldered joint at the heating pad.

The fix involves replacing the seat pad with a new part number and re-routing the harness to prevent a re-occurrence.

Dorman Products makes aftermarket replacement heating pads at a fraction of the price of Ford. You’ll need separate pads for the seat back and seat bottom. To replace the heater you first have to remove the seat. That’s easy. Disconnect the electrical connectors under the seat and then remove the plastic trim around the rails. Then you can access and remove the four nuts holding the seat down. Once you get the seat out of the vehicle, you’ll have to remove the seat covers. Cut the hog rings and peel the covers up far enough to reach the heating mats. You’ll need a hog ring pliers and new hog rings to put it back together (hog ring pliers shown below). Here are a few model numbers of the new heater parts. Dorman also makes universal heater mats.

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