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My 05 plate SLK350 has a problem with the drivers seat ie

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My 05 plate SLK350 has a problem with the drivers seat ie when the seat heats up there a part which gets much hotter & almost burns my thigh. A friend has suggested there may be a recall on it but I’m struggling to get information? Can anyone help? I love the car & especially the heated seats otherwise, but this safety aspect is worrying &
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Peter Zavarelli replied 4 months ago.

My name is ***** ***** I am a professional here at Just Answer. I noticed that your question had not received a response and thought I would see if you still need help with this.I apologize for the delay and I hope I can still assist you with this here.

I dont see a recall myself but what happens is the heating element can short out in one area causing the excess heat.I have seen this myself and had to replace the seat heater element on the seat to resolve this issue.You would want to have this checked further to be sure this is the cause but it does sound to be the cause from here.

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Thanks Pete

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Hi Pete - thanks- how easy was it for you to determine the cause of the element shorting? Could a car savvy ex husband or friendly reputable local garage do it, or would it need to go to a Mercedes specialist ?
Expert:  Peter Zavarelli replied 4 months ago.

Your welcome

In order to determine or see the short the seat cover has to be removed.Then they will see black or brown burn marks in the cover or seat cushion where it is shorting out at.In some cases you can actually see if from the cover with it on the seat still looking at it where you had felt the hot part.It may show a brown or black mark.This was a very common issue.But since it is still working the cover usually has to be removed to then inspect and replace it.This will take special tools to remove the rings from the cover as well as install new rings when the cover is installed.

Let me know if you need anything else and feel free to rate my help here or above ( should be a link to click on ) as this is how I receive credit for my time,this can be done at any time and you can still come back here and reply if needed.Your 5 star rating is appreciated

Thanks Pete