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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2013, 4:32 am Thread Starter
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Heated Seat not Working

With temperatures dropping in London I turned on my heated seat (2010 K13GT) for the first time the other and . . . . nothing! It appears in the display as 'on' but no heat

I've checked the connector - seems OK, any suggestions as to where I should look next?

I have a voltmeter so was going to see if the seat is getting power - anyone know what should be there when its on?

Finally anyone know if the seat a covered under the extended warranty?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 2013, 10:38 am
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warranty past, no extras, i had the same a wire broke in the seat, you will need a new one. they are not that expensive luckily 120 euro for a new one 50 for a second hand

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 2013, 2:03 pm
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Hmm. You go first Rookie - take your voltmeter and TELL US what you are getting on the plug attached to the bike when the seat heat is turned on.

If you have 12v or so, then progress to test #2, and test the resistance of the heating wire that runs through the seat. Someone else will have to tell you how to do that. You are testing to see if your in-seat heating wire has continuity or is broken.

That should get you started.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 11:10 am
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Hey Doug, I no longer own my 2008 K1200GT (miss that bike) but now ride a K1600GT. During the farkling process I had to remove both rider and passenger seat to install my Autocom. Since I only ride solo, I didn't hook back up the passenger seat heat connector. First cool day in winter I turn my seat on full and no heat whatsoever. Since the bike was new I figured my heating element was malfunctioning and was a warranty issue. As the days went on, I wondered if the rider seat heat is powered by the passenger. You can see where I'm going here.

I took out my digital multimeter and no power at all to the rider seat connector. Hooked the passenger seat back up and tested the rider connector again. Voila, we have power!

I don't know if the K1200GT is wired the same, but it's worth a check. Use your multimeter to test and troubleshoot before you take the bike to your dealer. Knowledge is power!

Good luck.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 11:59 am
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The power fed to the seat is PWM so you may not see exactly 12 volts but you should see something. Most likely cause by far is that the heating wire in the seat has opened. Check it with an ohmmeter, you should see a fairly low resistance. If resistance is very high/infinite then the heating element has an open and the seat will need to be replaced or dissembled to fix.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2014, 1:26 am
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Seat heater not working

When I purchased my '07 GT last fall the front heater wasn't working. A quick with an ohm meter confirmed the element wiring was open. I pulled about 3/4 of the staples and rolled back the cover. I found both conductors of the lead-in wires broken. I soldered up the breaks and put heat shrink over the joints. An upholstery shop re-attached the seat cover. All fixed.
There should be >10ohms resistance on the element.
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