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The weather's finally warming up here in Ohio and I changed gears from using the heated seat in my 2009 CTS to the ventilated option, however when I turn it on, I can't feel it working. I can definitely hear that the seat kicks on but I can't feel any air moving around at all. When I bought the car in the warmer months and used it then, it seemed to work great and I could definitely feel that the seat was on. Now I wouldn't know it was on if I didn't hear it running.

Any thoughts on this? I'd rather not take it to a dealer and be gauged for someone just to look at it so I'm hoping this might be something simple to resolve.

Any insight would be appreciated! :)
 

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Doing this was an absolute nightmare but I got it done. The back seems to be working now however the seat part still doesn't seem to be working and none of the threads I found had instructions on how to access that part.

I must say that no step of this was easy at all but I'm glad I did it to save what a dealership would have charged me ($50 just to even look at it, then parts, then labor). Getting the trim panel off of the rear of the seat took way too much force and resulted in damage to 3 of the 4 clips, one of which actually broke as well. 2 of them got stuck in the female end of the attachment and only one wasn't harmed. If it wasn't hard enough getting those clips back out (and straightening the teeth that latch on to the plastic part of the seat back), the "speed clips" made up for it. Never have I been so angry at a piece of plastic. It took me a good 30 minutes to get those clips removed. And then came the duct tape, which was hard to do because in order to get a complete seal, the fan had to be flush with the bladder, which can't be done when the fans pulled away from the seat.

Even after all the work I put in to it, I'm still tempted to take it to a dealer and have the bladder replaced the right way because I have a feeling there's more of it ripped behind the skin which I couldn't even see and it was hard enough to deal with the seat back, much less taking the skin off, too.
 

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If you didn't take the skin off, it's 100% sure there are still rips behind there. Mine was torn straight across, a huge hole. Taking the skin off is actually much easier than it looks, but threading it back between the seat back and the seat is a sweaty job. It's just as I mentioned in the other thread, the new part is also so briddle that it either breaks when installing or soon after.
 

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Sounds like it's more trouble than it's worth. Just going to live with it for the time being. I don't want to cause any more damage by taking the back trim panel off a second time - one of the brass clips already broke on me and I don't want to ruin any more by pulling the cover off. Not to mention how mangled the speed clips would be after being poked at with a screwdriver a second time.

Thanks for all of the help anyways, I'm probably going to end up taking it to a dealer when the weather gets warm enough but until then it's fine at half performance.
 
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