Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

Can you add a heated steering wheel?

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by RckyMtn, November 5, 2012.

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. RckyMtn

      RckyMtn New Member

      Joined:
      February 2, 2012
      Messages:
      4
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012 Explorer Limited
      I really like my Explorer but was disappointed with no heated steering wheel when I bought my 2012 Limited and even more so when a couple of months later it showed up on the 2013. It's something that I really would like to add. Was wondering if I could swap out for a 2013 heated steering wheel, and if so, how would I get MFT to show the icon and would it actually work?

      http://www.fordparts.com/Commerce/P...earch=true&year=2013&make=Ford&model=Explorer

      Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
       
    2. Support EF

      Join the Elite Explorers for $20

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


      to hide adverts.
    3. phareous

      phareous Active Member

      Joined:
      May 11, 2012
      Messages:
      381
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Charlotte, NC
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Ford Explorer Limite
      Yeah I doubt it because even if you replaced the wheel and managed to wire it, you wouldn't be able to turn it on without MFT being forced to 2013. Also I think the remote start may utilize it too.
       
    4. foxtemple

      foxtemple Active Member

      Joined:
      May 17, 2012
      Messages:
      235
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Philadelphia, PA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 Ford Explorer
      Adding heated steering wheel to 2011 ex

      This might be the dumbest question on this forum but I guess it doesn't hurt to ask. Does anyone know if it would be possible to add the heated steering wheel to a 2011 ex limited? How are you guys that have the heated steering wheel controlling it [on MFT screen, a physical button etc...]. I know it would cost a lots of $ [if it was even possible] but I was just wondering.
       
    5. Sgt1411

      Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 22, 2011
      Messages:
      3,980
      Likes Received:
      181
      Trophy Points:
      83
      City, State:
      VanBC/GoodyearAZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer SPORT
      Theres a post on this topic already with the parts broken down. Nothing is impossible with lots $$$$ but the reality is the cost to retrofit would likely be more then upgrading your entire vehicle model.

      The heated wheel came out in 2013MY as well it came with a completely new power adjustable steering column.

      The vehicles wiring harness is different, as well the firmware/software for these options as the heated wheel is bundled with a few more technology options.

      The control is only through an icon in the HVAC screen of My Ford Touch.
       
    6. capitalst

      capitalst New Member

      Joined:
      December 20, 2012
      Messages:
      2
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Explorer Sport (soon
      Can you swap out 2013 Explorer Sport steering wheel with Heated Steering wheel??

      I know its been asked about a 2011 Explorer swapping out the steering wheel with a OEM heated one. Can it be done with the 2013 Explorer Sport and work?
       
    7. VinceL

      VinceL Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      May 24, 2011
      Messages:
      2,303
      Likes Received:
      2
      Trophy Points:
      48
      City, State:
      Frisco, TX
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Explorer Limited
      I imagine you could physically switch out the steering wheels, but the heat control is through MyFord Touch, so it would also take a software version change, which is usually the sticky wicket in these scenarios. My guess is that you probably wouldn't be able to get the proper firmware uploaded at the dealer. But... you could always ask your dealer's service dude or dudette if it is a possibility.
       
    8. QwikEVO

      QwikEVO Active Member

      Joined:
      November 28, 2012
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      Clovis, NM
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Ford Explorer Sport
      Or save yourself the money and get one of those heated steering wheel covers that plug into your cigarette lighter.
       
    9. JeffsSport

      JeffsSport Member

      Joined:
      November 12, 2012
      Messages:
      79
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      6
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Explorer Sport
      lol
       
    10. broken strut

      broken strut Active Member

      Joined:
      June 9, 2012
      Messages:
      733
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      CHIMOMAN VILLE
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 White Sport
      Well, I'm trying to get rid of my 11. The Sport is nice, but due to it not having all the necessary add ons I want, I'm now looking a different brands. The Jeep GC Overland 2013 has everything I want. Going to test drive one on Friday.
       
    11. sciond

      sciond Active Member

      Joined:
      October 29, 2012
      Messages:
      355
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      The Q.C.
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Explorer Sport
      drove it and did not like.. funniest thing is they claim it rides like a Mercedes...nope
      The Durango was a bit better
       
    12. Sgt1411

      Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 22, 2011
      Messages:
      3,980
      Likes Received:
      181
      Trophy Points:
      83
      City, State:
      VanBC/GoodyearAZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer SPORT
      The Jeep GC is all new inside and out for 2014 why would you buy a 2013.

      2014's are out this summer

      Check out sites like LeftLaneNews for more info
       
    13. broken strut

      broken strut Active Member

      Joined:
      June 9, 2012
      Messages:
      733
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      CHIMOMAN VILLE
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 White Sport
      Thanks. Didn't know that.
       
    14. capitalst

      capitalst New Member

      Joined:
      December 20, 2012
      Messages:
      2
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Explorer Sport (soon
      Funny thing for me is I'm coming from a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with the HEMI. Its nice but after a while you start to get annoyed about things including the constant engine noise under medium acceleration.
       
    15. QwikEVO

      QwikEVO Active Member

      Joined:
      November 28, 2012
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      Clovis, NM
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Ford Explorer Sport
      no 3rd row killed me with the Cherokees, or I would've gotten one.
       
    16. Sgt1411

      Sgt1411 Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      February 22, 2011
      Messages:
      3,980
      Likes Received:
      181
      Trophy Points:
      83
      City, State:
      VanBC/GoodyearAZ
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer SPORT
      Me too, otherwise I would have gone with the 2014 update Jeep GC
       
    17. QwikEVO

      QwikEVO Active Member

      Joined:
      November 28, 2012
      Messages:
      113
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      Clovis, NM
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Ford Explorer Sport
      It was hard to pass up those Overlands, let me tell you.


      But the first time I mashed my Sport's throttle, that all went away...:D
       
    18. bkhiatt

      bkhiatt New Member

      Joined:
      February 4, 2009
      Messages:
      2
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      San Jose, CA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2014 Explorer Sport
      Sorry to resurrect an old thread here, but does anyone have a link to the post with the parts list mentioned by Sgt1411 mentioned above? I've tried searching but haven't found it.
       
    19. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      December 28, 2010
      Messages:
      19,055
      Likes Received:
      453
      Trophy Points:
      113
      City, State:
      Ottawa, Ontario area
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer Platinum
      Callsign:
      VE3
      Last edited: March 1, 2016
    20. bkhiatt

      bkhiatt New Member

      Joined:
      February 4, 2009
      Messages:
      2
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      1
      City, State:
      San Jose, CA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2014 Explorer Sport
      Thanks Peter,

      I've seen that thread too, but I don't see a parts list in it, nor do I see a link to another thread/page that has a parts list.

      Trust me, I've tried searching and I've read just about every thread that comes up with "steering wheel" in it.
       
    21. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      December 28, 2010
      Messages:
      19,055
      Likes Received:
      453
      Trophy Points:
      113
      City, State:
      Ottawa, Ontario area
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer Platinum
      Callsign:
      VE3
      The 2 threads have now been merged.

      Other than following the link in the 1st post to fordparts.com, I also have not been able to find any parts list. I think it would be almost impossible to make this change since for the reasons stated in post 4. The only control for the feature is by way of touch buttons, which you would not have, on the MFT. I think that this would be challenging project for someone to attempt.

      Peter
       
      Last edited: March 1, 2016
    22. champco

      champco Active Member

      Joined:
      March 1, 2016
      Messages:
      275
      Likes Received:
      15
      Trophy Points:
      18
      City, State:
      Minnesota
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Explorer XLT
      I wear gloves till it warms up. ;)
       
    23. JETZ

      JETZ Active Member

      Joined:
      August 31, 2011
      Messages:
      510
      Likes Received:
      16
      Trophy Points:
      18
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2012 Explorer Limited
      ...or, put your gloves on for two minutes, till the cabin is warm. :D

       
    24. Halwg

      Halwg Active Member

      Joined:
      February 5, 2012
      Messages:
      815
      Likes Received:
      14
      Trophy Points:
      18
      City, State:
      WV
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2016 Explorer Base 2.3L E
      On my personal vehicles, the heated steering wheel is required. I start looking at vehicles I'm interested in, and if no heated steering wheel is available, that car gets crossed off the list. That's how important it is to me.

      That being said, since my Explorers are leased company vehicles, the heated wheel is not part of the package. I just wear gloves.
       
    25. Kirby Baker

      Kirby Baker Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      May 15, 2012
      Messages:
      94
      Likes Received:
      3
      Trophy Points:
      8
      City, State:
      Michigan
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2013 Ford Explorer Sport
      Hi everyone. Been away from the forum a long time and just trying to catch up. Is it possible to add a heated steering wheel to my sport? I know I saw the bits to turn it on in FORScan (in posts on other forums), but didn't know if this was a viable upgrade for a 2013 Sport?
       
      Last edited by a moderator: June 22, 2017
    26. peterk9

      peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      December 28, 2010
      Messages:
      19,055
      Likes Received:
      453
      Trophy Points:
      113
      City, State:
      Ottawa, Ontario area
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2017 Explorer Platinum
      Callsign:
      VE3
      Hey Kirby, welcome back.You would have to replace your existing steering wheel with a heated capable one to begin with. Since 2013 models did not have this feature I don't know if the ability to turn it on with Forscan is there. You could try contacting one of the members in the Forscan threads and have them check.

      Peter
       

    Share This Page







    We Support Our Troops!