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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: United Kingdom
Heated element doesn't work - C pillars?
#1 of my longstanding niggles is that the heated rear element on my 156 saloon (facelift) doesn't work. Now that it's summer it seems like an idea to tackle a few.
I've got the wiring diagram and it's on the same fuse/relay as the heated mirrors, which do work. I got a multimeter and I checked for power across the two connectors at each edge and nothing.
This leads me to believe that it's a broken connection in the middle of the car - either the power supply or the earth (return is via the car body). It seems like this is going to be behind the C pillar trims or potentially in the roof lining as it goes via the aerial booster.
I gather that removing the C pillar trims (which also have airbags in them) involves removing the rear seats. Is this true?
Is there anything else I can do to narrow this down, and if I can't be bothered to do the full job, what chance of convincing someone professional to take it on?