Add HEATED SEATS to your car this Winter!

Add HEATED SEATS to your car this Winter!


So this is what we call snow here in Utah,
and this is a 2007 Toyota Camry. And today we’re going to be installing heated
seats in the driver and passenger, and it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. I’ll leave a link for all of this stuff that
we use in this video, the heated seats and all the tools down in the video description. Let’s get started. [Intro] So the first step in getting the heated seats
installed is taking out the driver and passenger seat. This just gives us easier access to work with
the foam underneath the seat cover. Now, most seats in most cars…cuz these instructions
work for a lot of vehicles, and I’ve done this in a truck and a car before…most seats
in most cars have 4 bolts mounting them into the frame of the vehicle. So we’ve already removed those 4 bolts. Pretty straight forward. And now we’ll just pull the seat out from
the car. Alright, these are those 4 bolts I was talking
about earlier. They just go straight into the frame on either
side of those. This had some little plastic pieces covering
the bolt holes, but not too hard. There is also a little wiring harness for
the motor because this seat goes back and forth on a motor. So every seat cover is going to come off a
little bit differently. This has a little metal, kind of like a key
ring, that’s pinched around another metal bar underneath this. So we’ll open this up, slide the bar out,
and then the seat cover itself should come apart. So since this seat is being rather difficult
and we don’t want to disassemble the whole thing, we have just enough opened that I think
we can slide this all the way up inside. Now, this does have adhesive strips, but I’m
hoping to get it all up underneath this back cover without getting it all wrinkled up and
stuff. And then we can just pull down the adhesive
strip once it’s inside, and tack it down onto the foam. Alright, so right now my hand is up underneath
the heated seat cover and I’m pulling out that adhesive strip from the backside of the
pad. And that’s what’s going to keep it pressed
up against the foam all the way down. So the tactic did work. We were able to leave the seat cover intact
and now that white thing you saw earlier is going to keep the back warm here. So now we need to put another white thing
down here at the bottom for the gluteus maximus, and then we’ll wire it up. Now that we’re working on the seat, it’s a
lot tighter than the top was, so we’re actually using this tripod leg and ramming it pretty
deep down inside there so that it’s not crinkled up on the seat and it’s all laying flat. Alright so this is the wiring harness that
comes with the heated seats. The part that goes into the white panels that
we were just installing against the foam in the seat, plug into here. So there’s two of them, one for the back and
one for the bottom. And then over here we have a relay, and that
goes up this strand into the switch and we’ll show you how to install the switch in a second,
but basically you have your high power and your low power and then off is here in the
center. This is where things start to get a little
more complicated. We have a black wire which is ground, and
then we have a red wire with a fuse in it. I’ll have a buddy show you how to install
this in just a second. Okay so Braxen has adjusted the ends of the
wires just a little bit, so tell me what’s going on here. [Braxen] So we have a fuse tap right here. This car actually has a spot for seat heaters. If it didn’t have a fuse position for the
seat heaters we’d actually just use like a cigarette outlet or something like that. Because it already has that fuse, we’re just
going to use an add a fuse. It’s going to connect to the power wire. We’re going to use a 10amp fuse to keep that
safe. And then we have this little eyelid down on
the negative side, and we’re going to connect that into one of these bolts up here, and
that will be our ground. The rest of the wiring will run through the
dash, and then we’ll have our switch just right here on the side and that will turn
the seat heater on and off. [Zack] And these back up to that plug into
the seat will just run underneath this, and then where the seat bolts in here, that will
all be hidden underneath. So the car, the only physical difference will
be a switch right here on the side that we drill to this plastic. [Braxen] So what we’re going to do with this
add a circuit is run it underneath where the dash would be. And that’s going to just plug right back into
where it was. Just like that. [Zack] And that’s where it will draw power
from. And to complete the circuit we’ll take the
ground, which we’ve added that little eyelid onto, and bolt it into the frame. In order to get a good ground and complete
the circuit, it can’t be on a painted surface. So if there is paint between like the bolt
and the frame where you’re trying to ground your circuit, make sure you scrape it off
where it’s touching the metal. That way, if there isn’t a good ground, your
seat heaters aren’t going to get as hot as they could be because there’s not enough electricity
flowing through the whole unit. Alright, so we’re drawing power from up here
and then we have the ground over there tapped right into the frame. And so when we take this little switch right
here…it’s off right now. Now it’s on. And on low. Sweet. Let’s plug it in and see if it works. So we changed our minds a little bit about
where to mount this switch at. And so what we’re going to do is this piece
just clips into the dash and so it’s easily replaceable. So I scrapped a little pilot hole into it
with a razor. We’re going to drill a hole into it so that
this plug will fit through the hole. [Braxen] So we need to get this connector
through the hole right there. And this hole with the half-inch wood bit
that we used isn’t going to be quite big enough, so we’re just going to use a razor blade. We’re going to widen that hole just big enough
to where this connector can get through and the switch can get through, just up to that
point. [Zack] Now that we have the hole big enough,
we’re going to go ahead and slide the plug through and clip the button into place. [Braxen] So we have the switch that’s going
from right there, runs down through there underneath the dash, and into the carpet area
right there. And then it runs along this panel and let’s
out right there. And that’s where the seats will mount back
in, and then it will clip into the connectors. [Zack] So the only thing we have left to do
is grab the seat, put it in, get the four bolts in, and it should be good to go. We’ll find out. [Braxen] Okay, so the seat is mounted back
in. One thing that we made sure to do was route
the wiring down here so that it wasn’t going to get caught in the track of the seat when
it was moving forward and backward. If you need to use zip ties on yours, do that,
but if you can find a way to route it so that it’s not going to get in the way of the track,
that’s going to be preferred. [Zack] Okay, so when the car is on now, or
at least the accessories are on…over here we have the button. And so we can turn it all the way up, off,
or if we go down, then the light turns green. You can see it right there. I do feel like these seat heaters take a little
bit longer to heat up, maybe between 3 and 5 minutes. My buddy Braxen has these same seat heaters
in his truck, and how long would you say it takes for them to turn on for you? [Braxen] I would say about that…about 3
to 5 minutes. [Zack] So if you’re out in the snow or whatever,
turning your car on, letting your windshield defrost or whatever, they should turn on after
that. I’ll keep the video description updated on
whether or not these work. Obviously we just barely installed these. Look for that. Also I’ll have all the parts and stuff linked
there as well. Braxen, my boy, we’ve been friends for like
probably 3 or 4 years now. [Braxen] At least. [Zack] And he’s been doing some pretty sweet
stuff with his truck. He put a wireless car charger in his dash. He can just set his phone, his iPhone or if
he has a, you know, Android is a little bit better than the iPhones are, but he can just
set his phone on his dash. I’ll link that video right here. I’ll link that video right here if you want
to go check that out, and take a look at his channel for some more cool projects. [Braxen] Pretty awesome. [Zack] Thanks a ton for watching, and we’ll
see you around.

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49 Comments

  1. I definitely going to put that in my 06 nissan xterra….can you do a video on how to add heated mirror on a xterra thanks

  2. Videos like the ones that you helped take back control of your cabin were so much fun to watch. I watched the whole thing, like, twice.

    Make more videos like that, please. 🙂

    Thanks for the videos.

  3. Just a quick question! When plugging the fuse into the fuse box for the heated seats is that fuse for both the driver and passenger seat?! Also! Agree with everyone you should advertise this channel on your main! You pump out awesome content!

  4. What, it didn't have heated seats from a factory? In Europe every car has heated seats already, atleast in here Finland and other northern countries.

  5. I did this for my seats but the air bag light keeps flashing on the instrument cluster now. Is there something that can be done about that?

  6. While I am late to the party, I am amazed how you guys over the pond don't have heating in your seats by default. Every car I've rode in since the 90's have had heating in both front seats. The back seats are another story though, but still.

  7. Any mechanical design and or engineering problems see Micheal lydick You Tube Channel he is a good man just like you zac and both of you's are by no ways idiots God is Gracious gift from God.

  8. Never felt the need for heated seats at all. My butt has a natural heater anyways, What we do need is ventilated seats.

  9. Make sure to disconnect the battery, or you will get a permanent SRS light as the car believes there is an issue with the seat mounted side airbag (if equipped).

  10. Dear Mr. JerryRigEverything,
    While summer is still here, would you consider a similar video but for ass cooling in the summer?

  11. Coming from a detailer here. Putting heating elements in a cloth seat will possibly ruin the heating elements if you ever decide to get the car detailed. Extracting the seats will naturally get them saturated in water and cleaning chemicals. All cars I have ever detailed that have had heated seats have had leather seats. If you decide to do the DIY do it with LEATHER SEATS.

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