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post #16 of 28 Old 02-01-2015, 09:13 AM
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You could tap the aux power switched fuse, or the rear wiper fuse.


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post #17 of 28 Old 02-01-2015, 01:04 PM
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I just found out that the switched cable (light blue) is labeled '3 amp max'

And not 20 amp as you stated.. Is there another cable behind the glove box?
The 20A I stated is the fuse that protects the circuit. Those wires are not something fitted to my model year so I wouldn't know about that label.
Although I don't have those wires I still use the accessory/cig lighter circuit to power my heated seats and have not had any problems with them.
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The 20A I stated is the fuse that protects the circuit. Those wires are not something fitted to my model year so I wouldn't know about that label.
Although I don't have those wires I still use the accessory/cig lighter circuit to power my heated seats and have not had any problems with them.
Ok.

So when you say you tap into the cig lighter circuit, where do you tap in. Into the red wire just before the wire goes out to the cig outlet? Did you just pry of the dash trim to get to the cig outlet?

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My '05 has both a cigarette lighter socket and a power port side by side. One is switched with the ignition and the other is always hot. I cut the wires for the switched outlet about 1.5 inches from the connector on the cigarette lighter socket and wired my heated seats into that dedicated 20 amp circuit. Then I soldered together some little jumper wires and connected them to the wires leading to the other power outlet using some trailer wire crimp on connectors, so now I still have two power outlets and neither of them is switched with the ignition anymore. The seats work fine with the power and ground leads from the cigarette lighter socket.

On my '05 to get access to the wires behind the cigarette lighter, you have to pry up the top panel on the dash to reveal two screws for the main center bezel. Undo those screws and then pull the bezel off the dash being careful to gently pull the 4 friction tabs out. Then you can access the 4 screws that hold the cigarette lighter panel onto the dash.

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The wire going to the cig lighter should be light blue on a 98. The wire light blue wire at the fuse block is on the same fuse and should be spliced in at the connector. You could extend that wire or tap in behind the cig lighter. I'll have had the center dash panel off to tap my wire. That's done as LJ Dave describes in the above post.
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The wire going to the cig lighter should be light blue on a 98. The wire light blue wire at the fuse block is on the same fuse and should be spliced in at the connector. You could extend that wire or tap in behind the cig lighter. I'll have had the center dash panel off to tap my wire. That's done as LJ Dave describes in the above post.
I am tapping into the light blue or red wire that goes to the cig lighter. Can I pull ground from the black wire that also goes to the cig lighter or should I find a ground inside the dash? Is it preferable to get ground from metal inside dash instead of the the black wire to the cig, if so, why?

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I would ground to the tub, or dash. Not all black wires are ground in an auto.

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I would ground to the tub, or dash. Not all black wires are ground in an auto.
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Thank you for all the replies.

Going to install the wires now.

Installing the heat pads into the seats took about 4 hours and I took the seats out of the Jeep.

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The black wire to the cig lighter is a ground and will be grounded to the dash frame under one of the dash speakers.

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The black wire to the cig lighter is a ground and will be grounded to the dash frame under one of the dash speakers.

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Thanks! But I already used a ground on the passenger side under the dash into the tub, it was already a black wire there, so i just connected it there. Is it okay that there are 3 wires connected to that ground?(2 seat heater ground wire and another from something in the dash)

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There's no problem at all adding extra grounds like that. Even from the factory there are a few ground points where multiple wires are grounded together.

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There's no problem at all adding extra grounds like that. Even from the factory there are a few ground points where multiple wires are grounded together.

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Thanks!

Just finished installing the heaters. It works very good. Setting 2 is very hot!

Thank you very much for all the help guys
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