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Unread 01-26-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Wj 02" heated leather seat issues

Just bought an 02" WJ with heated leather seats. I have two issues with the driver seat.

1. The seat is loose, it rocks forward and backwards and it is not the mounting bolts. There is not a lot of movement, however it's just enough to be annoying. I removed the seat and inspected all parts of the seat bracket and found that the slop that i am feeling is most likely coming from the play between the plastic/poly sleeves at are inside of the tracks and the wheels that ride inside of the sleeves. Of course these sleeves are not offered as a replacement part. Has anyone found a solution for this problem?

2. The heater on my driver seat got very hot the other day to the point I had to shut it off even in the low setting. Today the seat heater doesn't work. Any suggestions here?

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Unread 01-27-2013, 01:06 AM   #2
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There is arecall in effect but I don't know if your year is included.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 01:50 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mckeonm
Just bought an 02" WJ
I didn't know they produced a 2 inch model.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 04:14 AM   #4
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Check on the Jeep website for the recall, I think it is recall J-14. Just type in your VIN and any recalls will show up. If it is a recall ask the dealership to look at the seat while it is there.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 05:42 AM   #5
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This is basically the seat recall:

Recall Date: APR 09, 2009
Model Affected: 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING 103,409 MY 2001-2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE VEHICLES WITH HEATED SEATS AND WITH CHRYSLER RECALL NO. 06V-197 COMPLETED (03-04 MY) OR SEAT HEATER ELEMENTS SERVICE REPLACEMENT (01-02 MY). THE FRONT SEAT ELECTRIC HEATER ELEMENTS COULD OVERHEAT.

Consequences:

OVERHEATING COULD POTENTIALLY CAUSE A FIRE OR INJURY.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT SEAT HEATER ELEMENTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 23, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

Potential Units Affected: 103409
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Notes:[/B] CHRYSLER LLC

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2002/...#ixzz2JB88YUfR

As for the seat rails, the best best is probably hit the werckers, find the exact same type of seat as yours (same functions etc.) and swap it out with your rails. The seat itself should unbolt from the rails and you should be able to just swap it over.
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Unread 01-30-2013, 08:36 PM   #6
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Has anyone had experience or found a solution for the first problem I posted?
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Unread 01-31-2013, 01:25 AM   #7
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Like I said, just get another rail assembly that matches yours, and switch them out. Easiest solution. My drivers seat was done, both it and the rail assembly. Replaced with 10way heated leather with memory (original were 6way power cloth for both front seats), and been fine ever since. Cost me $100 for both front seats and back seats from one of my local u-pulls. Just plug 'n' play. Only thing I had to add were the switches for the heated elements. Wiring is already there.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 09:14 AM   #8
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Great seat heating elements before the replacement. I had the recall done on my 2004 in early 2010. Now both elements are dead. Dealer reports it is on me now.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 11:50 AM   #9
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Apparently this recall does not affect my Vin #.... Anyone have luck after finding that out?
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Unread 02-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #10
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I just repaired both my heated seats in my 02. If you peel back the seat covers the problem will become evident, and yes they get very hot before they burn out. I was alarmed at how much the foam had melted and scorched. Once you get the cover pulled back, locate the burned wire and splice in a new piece. This fix doesn't apply to everyone, but it seems to be one of the more common failures. No parts needed other than a short piece of wire and some soldering kit. My seats are both a bit wobbly but not bad enough that I looked into it very far.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 02:14 PM   #11
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Any one know if this recall is valid in the uk? My heated seat don't work
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Unread 02-06-2013, 02:23 PM   #12
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usually they will have a corresponding recall in your country. not sure though so u would have to check with your local dealer.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #13
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Thanks will do, but won't be holding my breath with my luck at the moment lol
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Unread 02-06-2013, 05:39 PM   #14
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Great seat heating elements before the replacement. I had the recall done on my 2004 in early 2010. Now both elements are dead. Dealer reports it is on me now.
I'd say fight it. Go up the corporate chain until you get someone who'll deal with it. I have seats in my '00 out of a '99 and both work perfectly fine.
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Unread 02-06-2013, 07:12 PM   #15
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Odds are you can fix the problem yourself in about 30 minutes at a cost of next to nothing if you have a soldering gun and supplies in your tool box. No, you shouldn't have to, but if you fix them yourself you'll at least have a warm *** to sit on while you wait for Chrysler to do buttkiss about it. I LOVE my heated seats, and those suckers get HOT.
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