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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: Heated Seats Description and Operation

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Heated Seat Components

The driver and passenger heated seats each consist of the following components:

  • Left heated seat switch
  • Right heated seat switch
  • HVAC control module
  • Seat heating control module
  • Seat cushion heating element
  • Seat back heating element
  • Seat cushion temperature sensor

Note:

The passenger seat block diagram is identical to the driver seat.

Heated Seat Block Diagram

K29Seat Heating Control ModuleE14CSeat Heating Element - Passenger BackE14DSeat Heating Element - Passenger CushionE14ASeat Heating Element - Driver BackE14BSeat Heating Element - Driver CushionK33HVAC Control Module
Serial Data
Hard-Wired
K29?€‰Seat Heating Control Module
E14C?€‰Seat Heating Element ?€“ Passenger Back
E14D?€‰Seat Heating Element ?€“ Passenger Cushion
E14A?€‰Seat Heating Element ?€“ Driver Back
E14B?€‰Seat Heating Element ?€“ Driver Cushion
K33?€‰HVAC Control Module
Heated Seat Operation

The driver and passenger heated seats are controlled by a single seat heating control module that is located under the driver seat cushion. Both heated seats are controlled by separate heated seat switches that are located in the HVAC control. When a heated seat switch is pressed, a serial data message is sent from the HVAC control to the HVAC control module indicating the heated seat command. The HVAC control module then serves as a gateway to transmit the message to the seat heating control module via the serial data line. In response to this signal, the seat heating control module applies battery positive voltage through the element supply voltage circuit to the appropriate seat heating elements. The seat heating control module then sends a serial data message back to the HVAC control module to gateway the information to the HVAC control to either illuminate or turn off the appropriate temperature indicator.

Temperature Regulation

When the engine ON, the heated seats will initialize in the OFF state. With each activation of the heated seat switch, the seat heating control module will cycle ON and OFF.

The seat heating control module monitors the seat temperature through the temperature sensor signal circuit and the temperature sensor (thermistor) that is located in the seat cushion. The temperature sensor is a variable resistor, it's resistance changes as the temperature of the seat changes. When the temperature sensor resistance indicates to the seat heating control module that the seat has reached the desired temperature, the module opens the ground path of the seat heating elements through the heated seat element control circuit. The module will then cycle the element control circuit open and closed in order to maintain the desired temperature.

Load Shed Management

The electrical power management function is designed to monitor the vehicle electrical load and determine when the battery is potentially in a high discharge condition. The heated seat system is one of the vehicle loads that is subject to reduction during a battery discharge condition. For more information on load management refer to Electrical Power Management Description and Operation.

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