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    2012 R1200RT seat heater ?

    Tried rider seat heater for first time since getting the bike. Pillion seat heater works fine as do grip heaters. Switch on right cluster for riders seat does nothing. No indication on dash whatsoever. First thought was a fuse, but nada (Canbus).

    Anyone else have this problem? Would it be worth pulling the Tupperware and looking for a disconnected plug? Open to suggestions.

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    Registered User AHD43's Avatar
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    I took my RT in for service and also wanted my windshield checked. It would move all by itself mostly when I would adjust it down it would pop back up all the way. PIA especially when it was 100* F outside.

    Turned out that there was a recall or BMW campaign to replace bad handlebar switches on my RT. Well they changed them and all has been fine with the shield.

    Maybe that is your issue with the seat. Has your grip switches been replaced ?

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    I would double check the connectors of the seat wiring to make sure the connector clips are fully engaged and locked.

    If that does not work break out the volt meter.
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    Is it as simple as the seat connector was unplugged during maintenance?
    Not sure it needs to be plugged in to register on display...but a thought.
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    Thanks guys...I've checked all connectors under both seats..even cleaned them with contact cleaner, but no joy. I suspect the switch may be the culprit. I recently bought the bike so I don't know if this was an ongoing problem or just occurred. There are no dealerships for a couple hours of me. The pin connectors are so tiny and deep in the connector that my volt meter contacts are like trying to thread a needle with a rope.

    Since bike is out of warranty, would an unaddressed service bulletin be covered?

    Edit: Just checked AutoMD...there are no service bulletins issued for switches for this year and model. I suppose I can live without a heated seat, but prefer that everything work as intended. Perhaps one evening when I'm bored I'll remove the switch, clean contacts, etc.

    I have a GS-911 but it's useless for such things. I ran the test function, and all it does is turn the seat heater on so you can see if the dash indicated that it's on. Duh...it's not! In fact, the test for the turn signals did nothing, and they work fine. At least I can reset the service reminder. BTW, there are no fault codes either.
    Last edited by mifeinstein; 10-01-2016 at 11:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mifeinstein View Post
    Thanks guys...I've checked all connectors under both seats..even cleaned them with contact cleaner, but no joy. I suspect the switch may be the culprit. I recently bought the bike so I don't know if this was an ongoing problem or just occurred. There are no dealerships for a couple hours of me. The pin connectors are so tiny and deep in the connector that my volt meter contacts are like trying to thread a needle with a rope.
    You really need to check to see if there's voltage there. Use a small needle, pin or thing gauge wire to extend the contacts out to where you can touch with the DVM.

    Because if it is getting voltage and not getting hot, you could have a heating coil problem. I wonder if there's a fuse inside the seat protecting from possible short.

    Used to have a heated seat on my 2008 RT, but my recent 2011 didn't come with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mifeinstein View Post
    Thanks guys...I've checked all connectors under both seats..even cleaned them with contact cleaner, but no joy. I suspect the switch may be the culprit. I recently bought the bike so I don't know if this was an ongoing problem or just occurred. There are no dealerships for a couple hours of me. The pin connectors are so tiny and deep in the connector that my volt meter contacts are like trying to thread a needle with a rope.

    Since bike is out of warranty, would an unaddressed service bulletin be covered?

    Edit: Just checked AutoMD...there are no service bulletins issued for switches for this year and model. I suppose I can live without a heated seat, but prefer that everything work as intended. Perhaps one evening when I'm bored I'll remove the switch, clean contacts, etc.

    I have a GS-911 but it's useless for such things. I ran the test function, and all it does is turn the seat heater on so you can see if the dash indicated that it's on. Duh...it's not! In fact, the test for the turn signals did nothing, and they work fine. At least I can reset the service reminder. BTW, there are no fault codes either.
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    2012 RT's were covered under a switch recall. Both sides. Mine were both replaced at no cost to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mifeinstein View Post
    There are no dealerships for a couple hours of me.
    Call a dealer, give them your VIN and ask them to check if your bike has any outstanding recalls.
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    Certainly worth a shot. Will do.

    Update: Touché! Yes, there is an outstanding recall for both handlebar switch units. Appointment is scheduled. Thanks for the tip!
    Last edited by mifeinstein; 10-01-2016 at 04:31 PM.

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