2004 Suburban Seat Heater Problem

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Mayonaze

Conetoe, NC

#1 Feb 22, 2007
The seat heaters in my wife's '04 suburban will not stay on but a few minutes.. then they turn off. It just started doing this. Is anyone aware of a problem that causes this symptom?
Jessica

United States

#2 Mar 4, 2007
I just took my 04 Suburaban in and it's going to cost $300.00 to fix! I belive it's called a holster? Apparently the connection has gone bad. My driver seat won't move at all and the heat doesn't work on either seat. Good luck! I'll let you know when I know more.
Jeff

Bee Branch, AR

#3 Apr 9, 2007
Jessica wrote:
I just took my 04 Suburaban in and it's going to cost $300.00 to fix! I belive it's called a holster? Apparently the connection has gone bad. My driver seat won't move at all and the heat doesn't work on either seat. Good luck! I'll let you know when I know more.
My wife is having the same problem and I am out of town and get look at it. What were the outcomes?
Ty Dubay

Jeffersonville, OH

#4 Feb 7, 2008
We have the same problem with a 2003 Chevy Suburban. They charged $200 to fix the door panel. After the problem recurred, Chevy wants $300 to fix the door module. They are a bunch of crooks, and their vehicles are junk.
capav8r

Urbandale, IA

#5 Feb 13, 2008
Exact same thing is happening to my 2004 suburban. Driver's power seat quit working along with both seat warmers. Heaters began shutting off after a few minutes, then quit altogether along with power seat on drivers side. Funny thing is, dealer just had in their shop to replace instrument cluster due to sticking needle problem. Next day, heaters start acting up.....Hmmmmm.
Mark Schubert

Athens, GA

#6 Feb 13, 2008
capav8r wrote:
Exact same thing is happening to my 2004 suburban. Driver's power seat quit working along with both seat warmers. Heaters began shutting off after a few minutes, then quit altogether along with power seat on drivers side. Funny thing is, dealer just had in their shop to replace instrument cluster due to sticking needle problem. Next day, heaters start acting up.....Hmmmmm.
Ditto with my 2004 Yukon! Had the IPC replaced 2 weeks ago, now the drivers seat inop and no heat in either seat.
capav8r

Urbandale, IA

#7 Feb 16, 2008
Found the problem with mine tonight. The power feed at the rear of the drivers seat-on the floor under a black plastic cover-failed. When disconnected I found extensive burning at the power and ground terminals. I was led to that connector by noting high resistance on the ground circuit through that connection. I had a hard time getting the connection apart due to the fact that the arcing had actually welded the connectors together.
the4jenks

Roswell, GA

#8 Mar 4, 2008
Driver seat not working and seat heaters on both seats not working. The service department acted like they had never heard of the problem. They were going to charge a $65. diagnostic fee for seat not working and another $65. diagnostic fee to see why the seat heaters were not working. They finally found someone that could tell them what might be wrong but they say they are still not sure replacing the part will fix the problem. They quoted a price of $562. which we thought was on the high side. We were planning on buying an 08 Suburban from this dealer but have no confidence in their service department. If anyone has any feed back as to how we could possibly fix this problem ourself please let us know. Thank you
flyabunch

Kingsford, MI

#9 Mar 12, 2008
My 04 suburban had the exact same problem as capav8r. See his post above. I also found both the power and ground circuits within the connector plug under the drivers seat burned and melted. My dealer said it would be $160 just for the parts. I fixed it myself for $0.
tsbainer

Louisville, KY

#10 Mar 17, 2008
flyabunch wrote:
My 04 suburban had the exact same problem as capav8r. See his post above. I also found both the power and ground circuits within the connector plug under the drivers seat burned and melted. My dealer said it would be $160 just for the parts. I fixed it myself for $0.
how did ou fix it?
jukelemon

United States

#11 Mar 21, 2008
Hi all. Same thing here BUT a little different.
04 Suburban LT, 1500 4x4 with loss of driver's seat heater BUT nothing else.
I was told it is a faulty BCM-body control mudule. Dealer states they "tried" to reprogram but could not so it will require a new one-quoted 270.00. Found it at gmpartsdirect.com for 55% of that but still not convinced it is the right solution considering the posts above.
Thoughts?
kjohn

Calgary, Canada

#12 Mar 21, 2008
'03 suburban 100,000km tachometer not working last week. both seat heaters shut off after a few seconds. today entire cluster on dash is not working. just bought this vehicle last week and am glad it still has extended warranty for next two years as i think i bought a lemon.
STEVEB

Smyrna, GA

#13 Apr 1, 2008
We have had the same problem with our 2004 Yukon. No driver side power seat and both seat warmers not working. Had it at the mechanics today and he said the heater module needed to be replaced. he said the connectors were so fried he thought something must have been caught there and burnt them. Did anyone else's seats get very hot before they stopped working? Mine had gotten so hot on the drivers side I could hardly sit there without feeling like I was going to burn!
John

Madison, WI

#14 Jun 6, 2008
What did any of you actually do to fix this problem? Could you be specific.

JD
Marky Mark

AOL

#15 Jun 12, 2008
Hello my 04 Z71 Suburburn driver seat works sometimes. You have to use the control backwards. Move button backwards to get the seats to go forwards & visa versa. What's the deal?? Don't know what parts to get to fix. Any help please.
DUSTIN

Tampa, FL

#16 Jun 23, 2008
STEVEB wrote:
We have had the same problem with our 2004 Yukon. No driver side power seat and both seat warmers not working. Had it at the mechanics today and he said the heater module needed to be replaced. he said the connectors were so fried he thought something must have been caught there and burnt them. Did anyone else's seats get very hot before they stopped working? Mine had gotten so hot on the drivers side I could hardly sit there without feeling like I was going to burn!


just had the leather on the lower seat replaced in my 2003 suburban - worn badly. the seat heater has always worked but had become unbearably hot like it would actually burn you. when upholsterer removed the old leather he found the seat heater pad all bunched up where it had shifted around under the leather and was bunched up to almost half the original size. it had gotten so hot that it had actually burnt the leather on the underside. it cost an extra $100.00 for the new heater pad to replace it on top of $350.00 for the new leather for the bottom.
steh

Stockbridge, GA

#17 Aug 20, 2008
2004 Suburban with bucket power seats. Has two position controls to set seat for two drivers. When you turn off the ignition and remove the key the drivers seat starts moving forward. Only way to stop it is punch the #1 drivers button and it then returns. If not it will go all the way forward and in that I am over 6 ft that is not funny. Any idea on this one?
Invader

Paitilla, Panama

#18 Aug 26, 2008
Does any1 know which wires to cut to keep the seat heater from burning my butt. They just keep going on and off at will. I live in Florida and don't need them one bit and I'm not paying $300-400 to get them fixed.

Also, the speedometer needle is now starting at 40mph....any suggestions, Its killing my odometer reading showing much more than actually driving.
Too Tall

Fenton, MI

#19 Nov 13, 2008
Invader wrote:
Does any1 know which wires to cut to keep the seat heater from burning my butt. They just keep going on and off at will. I live in Florida and don't need them one bit and I'm not paying $300-400 to get them fixed.
Also, the speedometer needle is now starting at 40mph....any suggestions, Its killing my odometer reading showing much more than actually driving.
been having the same trouble. watching the lights go up and down on the door panel while my butt burns in the 60-70 degree temps. man do I hate this. will have to see how gm fixes this one, if they have the money!
smnstn

United States

#20 Jan 22, 2009
capav8r wrote:
Found the problem with mine tonight. The power feed at the rear of the drivers seat-on the floor under a black plastic cover-failed. When disconnected I found extensive burning at the power and ground terminals. I was led to that connector by noting high resistance on the ground circuit through that connection. I had a hard time getting the connection apart due to the fact that the arcing had actually welded the connectors together.
I live in Indianola, Iowa --
My seat problem is not so much the heater, although it seems to be much hotter on the driver's seat than the passenger's. But the side rolls will not inflate or deflate with any consistency. The controls will occasionally work in reverse, but usually wind up inflating or deflating the lumbar support instead. I also occasionally get a grating noise in the compressor that sounds like a short or overload. I pulled the side panels of both seats and the driver's side seems to have very light duty wiring to the seat switch compared to that of the passenger side. Different color scheme as well. The passenger has six fat wires connected to six terminals. I pulled the relay apart on the driver's side and there are five wires to six terminals. I'm sure the seat worked correctly to begin with but now that I am recovering from back surgery, I need the system to operate as it should. Do you think your problem could also be mine, just different grounds burned up?

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