Driver seat heater broken on 2001 BMW 740iL

The seat heater on the driver side gets extremely hot in one spot to the point of burning. The control to turn it down does nothing. I can either have it off or burn up. I've been told I have to replace the entire seat! Help! There must be a rheostat or something to replace...

by in Issaquah, WA on February 08, 2009
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ANSWER by on February 08, 2009
It sounds like there is a short in the seat heater grid, that is why there is one spot getting so hot. I would not run the seat heater until you fix it. It could catch on fire or short out your electrical system. If the seat grid is not available as a separate unit, you could possibly a used one from a good quality wrecking yard and then have a shop that does seat work install it. I use to rebuild seats in dealerships and later in my own shop, so some places still do it.
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