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Factory Heated Seat question....

Discussion in 'Stock 2006 -2010 Explorers' started by Brian Jordan, December 4, 2017.

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    1. Brian Jordan

      Brian Jordan New Member

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      I bought a 2010 4.6L Limited a couple of months back and love it. A lot more comfortable, nimble and easier on fuel than my '06 F150 FX4 SCrew it replaced. No real issues to speak of. Still getting used to the shifting characteristics of the 6R60 trans....not sure I'll ever like the torque converter lock up feature in ever gear (makes it feel a little lazy during light acceleration), but otherwise no real complaints.

      Anyway, I'm noticing my OEM seats seem erratic in temperature. One moment they're toasty warm and others they kind of just kind of maintain a moderate temp. Have the factory elements got some sort of regulator in them to safeguard them from overheating or something? I mean, its not a deal breaker...but I'd like to make them more consistent if possible. My GF's BMW X3 will nearly singe the skin from your back end if you leave them on...to the point where you've got turn them down a little. Well, adjustability doesn't seem to be an option for the Explorer. OFF and ON seem to be the only two choices.

      So...what's the deal. Is this normal? If not, is there a fix, or a work around anyone is aware of?
       
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    3. michael loibl

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      Well for One thing your torque converter should not be locking up in every gear, on the six speed I believe it is just fourth fifth and sixth
       
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      The 6R60/ 6R80 are capable of locking up the torque converter in every gear.
       
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      And in 2010, you have 6R80
       
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      Yeah I haven't driven a 6R80 Explorer, but the 6R80 in my dad's Expedition locks up every gear, holds the lock nicely and will do a complete downshift more often than my 6R60. My 6R60 seems to favor unlocking the torque converter a lot more. IMO it's better for the health of the transmission to downshift and lock than unlock in a higher gear.

      As for the heated seats question I have no idea as my Explorer does not have them :(
       
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      Funny you should mention.....my 2006 does the same thing. I figured it was regulating the voltage through the heater coil to keep it from overheating, but I haven't found written evidence of this.

      Tim
       
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      Mine burns your a$$ at first then levels out and maintains a comfortable temperature.
       

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