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campigloo

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covetsthesun wrote:

It's 68 degrees this morning here... and a seat warmer feels good on old bones. I've used the heated seats nearly year round...except on 90 degree days. The truck battery was replaced around 18 months ago. The passenger seat elements had been playing games for a year before being replaced a month ago. The new ones are doing the same thing, so it shouldn't be the problem. I'm going to have mech check pull the switch and look for corrosion. The dealer is concerned with a ground wire problem.
Any other ideas I can give them? cts


Man 68 sounds nice. We weren’t able to evacuate this year. Our mornings are 78-&2. Enjoy!!!!

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campigloo wrote:

covetsthesun wrote:

It's 68 degrees this morning here... and a seat warmer feels good on old bones. I've used the heated seats nearly year round...except on 90 degree days. The truck battery was replaced around 18 months ago. The passenger seat elements had been playing games for a year before being replaced a month ago. The new ones are doing the same thing, so it shouldn't be the problem. I'm going to have mech check pull the switch and look for corrosion. The dealer is concerned with a ground wire problem.
Any other ideas I can give them? cts


Man 68 sounds nice. We weren’t able to evacuate this year. Our mornings are 78-&2. Enjoy!!!!


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Mystery deepens... Check engine light came on. And the seat warmer worked for a full day. Dealer cleared the code and the seat quit working. Code was for an O2 sensor. Then the AC which had been frosty cold suddenly quite working. Blower worked...but no cool air. Not hot..just not cool. Back to the dealer. A "control head" was determined to be the problem. But. The new CH only got the drivers side to work untill it was "reprogrammed".

Control Heads...Control Modules...out of curiosity, how many of these things are lurking in a 2004 truck? Could it be that all of these "controllers" are failing? cts

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This is what makes some newer car get totaled. They becom to expensive to repair. Trying to diagnose it alone would make them not worth repairing. I've seen perfectly good running cars sent to the junk yard because there was an issue that cost more to fix than the car was worth.

BTW, there can be 10-50 even 70 modulates in a car depending on what kind of car it is and trim level!


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CTS, you’re chasing dimes and tripping over dollars. Step back and re assess unless you just like bowing money.
BTW, control head isn’t an actual part. Although it could be the control module for the hvac
It pains me to see this, as you seem like nice people who don’t know much about cars. You’re digging aN expensive hole with this truck.
It’s done, move on.
If all this stuff didn’t fail, old cars with a gazillion miles would be worth more. This is why they’re not.


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When these highly integrated computer controlled systems work, they are wonderful...until any 'one' thing becomes marginal

Then the whole system can flake out and most mechanics just change out components and sub-systems...until the cost is so high as Kevin states and/or they create even more problems so they go in circles trying to find whatever it is

Sometimes it is best if the offending component or sub-system completely fails and they fix it before that takes down other components or sub-systems

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Well...this truck isn't exactly a spring chicken. 2004 with 350k plus miles. The new control head on the ac is apparently working. The mechanic is hoping it's the last one...but..he's getting quite an education.

We will get a newer vehicle...but oh boy so many more bells and whistles to go wrong.

Ben... I see you have vehicles going back to 1980! Wowza! cts

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How far back do you have to go to get away from so much computer stuff? I'd still like power seats. Had an Equinox loaner with manual seats....need to see the chiropractor now LOL!

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^ How far back? Lol
Well 90s will have less electronics than 2000s and 80s less than that, and so on.
You are 1000% missing the point. Stuff wears out.
Going back in time will just give you a different set of headaches and good luck with power seas and seat heaters in a pickup, lol.
I have an 86 Chevy 3/4 ton. Last year before there were any computers, to speak of.
It has power windows (new), cruise/int wipers (new mf stalk), AC (rebuilt) and everything works, but everything requires work on it. It’s OLD.

I’d say this is amusing, but can tell that you’re concerned about these things and for that I am empathetic. But newer vehicle, lower miles = better. That is what you need to know.

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dodge guy wrote:

BTW, there can be 10-50 even 70 modulates in a car depending on what kind of car it is and trim level!
This is part of the revolution that Tesla is changing in the automotive world. All these control modules are consolidated into the main computer where programming can be better integrated and even upgraded as needed with no dealer visit.


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