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I spent a lot of time researching GM's factory heated seats when I wanted to install heated seats in my cloth 1LT. You can see my how-to link in my signature.

GM has a lot of safety features in their heated seat circuits. There's even a heated seat control module. I think that's under the drivers seat.

First off I'd check the fuse box for blown fuses. I think both seats run off the same circuit, so chances are it's not a fuse. Over time the resistance of the heated seat mats increase. If they increase too far, the heated seats go into standby protection.

I'm guessing the drivers side has had more sitting in it, and there's a short in either the bottom but seat cushion or the seat back. Do both the butt and the back go cold, or can you determine which one?

You may have to find the wiring connectors for the pads, unzip the leather seat back, zippers are at the seams in the back bottom. Sliding the seat forward and access from the back. (See my pictures in my thread.)

Disconnect the heat pad on the butt. Either check resistance with a multimeter, or now try the heated seats with the butt disconnected. Somehow you need to determine which heating element you are going to replace. They are about $60 each, and while both will be accessible, if your trying to save money troubleshoot the resistance of the heated pad circuit, and see if the seat will fire up, with the bad pad unplugged.

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$600 labor for replacement of a heating element. Yes there is a fair amount of work, but it shouldn't be more than 2 hours in a non GM shop. Sounds like they don't know how to do it, and really don't want to learn, unless you pay bigtime.

I would try an aftermarket auto accessories shop. Even if you had to order GM factory parts and have them do the labor. Most around me will do after market heated seats for around $ 300- $400.

Heck two cars at $750 per car? I'd almost do it for a trip to Portland, you live in a very cool city! A link on how to do this is in my heated seats thread below.

There's no special tools required except for a torx socket to remove the seats. Jump in and tackle it. I'm willing to assist with questions.

The job is not hard. Tedious for the first seat maybe, worth saving $1200 in labor, definately. And I'm not a mechanic with a bunch of tools!

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