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2012 ACCESSORIES & EQUIPMENT Ventilated Seats - TL

2012 ACCESSORIES & EQUIPMENT

Ventilated Seats - TL

COMPONENT LOCATION INDEX

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Fig. 1: Ventilated Seats Components Location (1 Of 2)


Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

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Fig. 2: Ventilated Seats Components Location (2 Of 2)


Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

SELF-DIAGNOSTIC FUNCTION
The seat ventilation control unit has a thermistor self-diagnostic function. It indicates the result by lighting the
LEDs of the seat ventilation switch.

ENTERING THE SELF-DIAGNOSTIC FUNCTION

1. Push and hold the HEAT side of the driver's seat ventilation switch.
2. Turn the combination light switch ON.
3. Press the engine start/stop button to select the ON mode.
4. Within 2 to 5 seconds, turn the combination light switch OFF, then ON and OFF again.
5. Release the HEAT side of the driver's seat ventilation switch, and press the HEAT side of the driver's seat
ventilation switch 3 times within 5 seconds.
6. If the system enters the self-diagnostic mode, all of the indicators turn on for 3 seconds.
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During self-diagnostic mode, the control unit blinks the driver's or front passenger's seat ventilation
switch heat indicators in a specific pattern corresponding to the failure.
An LED pattern will start to blink 2 seconds after all indicators turn off.
The LED pattern will continue to blink every 2 seconds until self-diagnostic mode is off.
If more than 1 failure exists, each pattern will be displayed according to their priority every 2 seconds.
After all patterns are displayed, the cycle will be repeated until self-diagnostic mode is off.
The DTC will be displayed on either the driver's seat ventilation switch or the front passenger's seat
ventilation switch dependent upon where the failure has occurred.
All LEDs turn off after entering the self diagnostic mode if there are no DTCs stored.

INDICATOR BLINK PATTERNS

Order of
1 2 3 4
priority
Seat heater MIDDLE Seat heater HIGH
Seat heater HIGH
Seat heater LOW indicator indicator and LOW indicator and MIDDLE
indicator
Blinking indicator indicator
pattern
(1)
blinking
blinking
blinking blinking
Failure
Thermistor open Thermistor short Heater current abnormal Heater voltage abnormal
status
(1) The indicator(s) will blink 4 times a second.

HOW TO CLEAR THE DTCS

Whenever the control unit detects failures (abnormal seat heater voltage, abnormal seat heater current abnormal,
and/or a driver side or front passenger side seat not heating), each failure is stored in the control unit.

To clear the DTCs, press and hold the applicable HEAT side of the ventilation switch for 6 seconds while in the
self-diagnostic mode.

NOTE: Completely clear all DTCs for the driver's side (or passenger's side) before
clearing the other side.
After clearing the DTCs, all seat heater indicators will turn on for 2
seconds, and then go off.
A thermistor open or a thermistor short failure is stored only when the
vehicle ignition is in the ON mode. After the engine start/stop button is
pressed to select the OFF mode, it is cleared.
For self-diagnostic mode display of a thermistor open or a thermistor
short failure, if the failure has already occurred, it will be detected within 6
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seconds after the engine start/stop button is pressed to select the ON


mode.
To exit the self-diagnostic mode, press the engine start/stop button to
select the OFF mode.

FACTORY MODE
When the vehicle is initially delivered, the seat ventilation control unit is in factory mode. While in this mode,
the seats are fully functional for basic operation, fail-safe operation, etc., but will not store failures in memory
while in self-diagnostic mode.

After manual or automatic activation, the control unit will permanently exit factory mode, and will never again
simultaneously display all the indicator lights if all four switches are pressed with the ignition switch ON (II).

AUTOMATIC ACTIVATION METHOD

Press the engine start/stop button to select the ON mode and then the OFF mode: Do this procedure 9 more
times for a total of 10 times.

NOTE: Keep the vehicle ignition in the ON mode for at least 20 seconds following
activation using this method.

MANUAL ACTIVATION METHOD

Press the engine start/stop button to select the ON mode, then push and hold all four seat ventilation buttons for
2 seconds. After this sequence is accepted by the control unit, all indicators will turn on for 2 seconds.

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

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Fig. 3: Ventilated Seats - Circuit Diagram (1 Of 3)


Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

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Fig. 4: Ventilated Seats - Circuit Diagram (2 Of 3)


Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

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Fig. 5: Ventilated Seats - Circuit Diagram (3 Of 3)


Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

SYMPTOM TROUBLESHOOTING
1. Troubleshoot the seat ventilation system in this order:

Order of
Symptom Possible cause
priority
Measure the resistance between seat cushion heater connector A (5P) [seat
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cushion heater 5P connector] terminals No. 3 and No. 2 [No. 4].


If the resistance value is at least 350 kohms. The thermistor is faulty; replace
the seat cushion cover/pad (see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER
REPLACEMENT ).
Thermistor
1 Check for continuity between seat ventilation control unit 37P connector
open
terminals No. 9 [No. 36] and No. 21 [No. 20] and seat cushion heater connector
A (5P) [seat cushion heater 5P connector] terminals No. 3 and No. 2 [No. 4]
respectively.
If there no continuity, repair an open in the wire.
Measure the resistance between seat cushion heater connector A (5P) [seat
cushion heater 5P connector] terminals No. 2 [No. 4] and No. 3.
If the resistance value is 600 ohms or less. The thermistor is faulty; replace the
seat cushion cover/pad (see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER
Thermistor REPLACEMENT ).
2
short
Disconnect the seat ventilation control unit 37P connector, and check for
continuity between body ground and seat cushion heater connector A (5P) [seat
cushion heater 5P connector] terminals No. 2 [No. 4] and No. 3 individually.
If there continuity, repair a short to ground in the wire.
Go to the ventilated seat system input test, and do all power and ground input
tests (see ). If the tests prove OK, measure the resistance between seat cushion
heater connector A (5P) [seat cushion heater 5P connector] terminals No. 1 [No.
5] and No. 4 [No. 2], and seat-back heater connector B (2P) terminals No. 1 and
No. 2:
Heater If the resistance value of the seat cushion heater is out of the range
current between 4.7 and 5.7 ohms. The seat cushion heater is faulty; replace the
abnormal seat cushion cover/pad (see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER
3
REPLACEMENT ).
If the resistance value of the seat-back heater is out of the range between
4.5 and 5.6 ohms. The seat-back heater is faulty; replace the seat cushion
cover/pad (see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER
REPLACEMENT ).
Heater
Go to the ventilated seat system input test, and do all power and ground input
voltage
tests (see Control Unit Input Test/Replacement).
abnormal
Go to the ventilated seat system input test, and do all power and ground input
tests (see Control Unit Input Test/Replacement). If the tests prove OK,
measure the resistance between seat cushion heater connector A (5P) [seat
Seat cushion heater 5P connector] terminals No. 1 [No. 5] and No. 4 [No. 2], and
4 ventilation seat-back heater connector B (2P) terminals No. 1 and No. 2:
switch failure
If the resistance value of the seat cushion heater is out of the range
between 4.7 and 5.7 ohms. The seat cushion heater is faulty; replace the
seat cushion cover/pad (see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER
REPLACEMENT ).
If the resistance value of the seat-back heater is out of the range between
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4.5 and 5.6 ohms. The seat-back heater is faulty; replace the seat cushion
cover/pad (see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER
Seat not REPLACEMENT ).
5
heating
If the resistance value is within the specified value, replace the seat
ventilation control unit.
[]: Front passenger's seat

CONTROL UNIT INPUT TEST/REPLACEMENT

NOTE: Before testing, make sure the No. 2-4 (AS F/B OPTION) (40 A) fuse in the under-
hood fuse/relay box, the No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse in the driver's under-dash fuse/relay
box, and the No. 19 (20 A) fuse in the passenger's under-dash fuse/relay box are
OK.

1. Remove the center console (see CENTER CONSOLE REMOVAL/INSTALLATION ).


2. Disconnect the 37P connector (A) from the seat ventilation control unit (B).

Fig. 6: Identifying 37P Connector And Seat Ventilation Control Unit With Connector End View
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

3. Inspect the connector and socket terminals to be sure they are all making good contact.
If the terminals are bent, loose or corroded, repair them as necessary, and recheck the system.
If the terminals look OK, go to step 4.
4. Reconnect the 37P connector to the control unit, and do the following input tests.
If any test indicates a problem, find and correct the cause, then recheck the system.
If all the input tests prove OK, go to step 5.

Test: Desired Possible cause if desired result is not


Cavity Wire Test condition
result obtained
Measure the
25 BLK In all power modes voltage to
ground: Poor ground (G405)
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There should be An open or high resistance in the


less than 0.2 V. ground wire
Blown No. 19 (20 A) fuse in the
Measure the passenger's under-dash fuse/relay
voltage to box
12 RED Power mode ON ground:
There should be Faulty seat ventilation relay
battery voltage. An open or high resistance in the
wire
Measure the Blown No. 6 (7.5 A) fuse in the
voltage to passenger's under-dash fuse/relay
Combination light switch
13 GRY ground: box
(PARKING position) ON
There should be An open or high resistance in the
battery voltage. wire
Measure the
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse in the
voltage to
LT driver's under-dash fuse/relay box
26 Power mode ON ground:
GRN An open or high resistance in the
There should be
battery voltage. wire
Faulty front passenger's seat
Measure the heater
Power mode ON, front voltage to
LT Poor ground (G701) or an open in
24 passenger's seat heat switch ground:
BLU the ground wire
pressed There should be
battery voltage. An open or high resistance in the
wire
Measure the Faulty driver's seat heater
voltage to Poor ground (G701) or an open in
LT Power mode ON, driver's seat
37 ground: the ground wire
GRN heat switch pressed
There should be An open or high resistance in the
battery voltage. wire

5. Disconnect the 37P connector from the control unit, and do the following input tests.

If any test indicates a problem, find and correct the cause, then recheck the system.
If all the input tests prove OK, the control unit must be faulty; replace it.

Possible cause if desired result


Cavity Wire Test condition Test: Desired result
is not obtained
9 WHT Check for continuity Faulty driver's seat cushion
between terminals No. 9 and heater
Under all conditions
No. 21: An open or high resistance
21 YEL There should be continuity. in the wire

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20 GRN Check for continuity Faulty front passenger's


between terminals No. 20 seat cushion heater
Under all conditions
36 BRN and No. 36: An open or high resistance
There should be continuity. in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
in the driver's under-dash
Measure the voltage to fuse/relay box
Power mode ON, front
LT ground:
33 passenger's seat heat Faulty front passenger's
BLU There should be battery
switch pressed seat ventilation switch
voltage.
An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
in the driver's under-dash
Measure the voltage to fuse/relay box
Power mode ON, front
ground:
7 PUR passenger's seat Faulty front passenger's
There should be battery
ventilation switch pressed seat ventilation switch
voltage.
An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
in the driver's under-dash
Measure the voltage to fuse/relay box
Power mode ON, driver's ground:
34 YEL Faulty driver's seat
seat heat switch pressed There should be battery
voltage. ventilation switch
An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
in the driver's under-dash
Measure the voltage to fuse/relay box
Power mode ON, driver's
ground:
8 RED seat ventilation switch Faulty driver's seat
There should be battery
pressed ventilation switch
voltage.
An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
3 PNK Power mode ON The driver's seat heater Faulty driver's seat
HIGH indicator should come ventilation switch
on. An open or high resistance
in the wire

Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse


Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
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jumper wire: fuse/relay box


The driver's seat heater Faulty driver's seat
LT MIDDLE indicator should
29 Power mode ON ventilation switch
GRN come on.
An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
4 BRN Power mode ON The driver's seat heater Faulty driver's seat
LOW indicator should come ventilation switch
on. An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
LT
27 Power mode ON The driver's seat ventilation Faulty driver's seat
BLU
HIGH indicator should come ventilation switch
on. An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
1 PUR Power mode ON The driver's seat ventilation Faulty driver's seat
MIDDLE indicator should ventilation switch
come on. An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
30 BLU Power mode ON The driver's seat ventilation Faulty driver's seat
LOW indicator should come ventilation switch
on. An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
5 PNK Power mode ON The front passenger's seat Faulty front passenger's
heater HIGH indicator seat ventilation switch
should come on. An open or high resistance
in the wire

Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse


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in the driver's under-dash


Connect to ground with a fuse/relay box
jumper wire:
LT Faulty front passenger's
31 Power mode ON The front passenger's seat
GRN seat ventilation switch
heater MIDDLE indicator
should come on. An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
6 BRN Power mode ON The front passenger's seat Faulty front passenger's
heater LOW indicator should seat ventilation switch
come on. An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
28 GRN Power mode ON The front passenger's seat Faulty front passenger's
ventilation HIGH indicator seat ventilation switch
should come on. An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
2 WHT Power mode ON The front passenger's seat Faulty front passenger's
ventilation MIDDLE seat ventilation switch
indicator should come on. An open or high resistance
in the wire
Blown No. 16 (7.5 A) fuse
Connect to ground with a in the driver's under-dash
jumper wire: fuse/relay box
32 BLU Power mode ON The front passenger's seat Faulty front passenger's
ventilation LOW indicator seat ventilation switch
should come on. An open or high resistance
in the wire

SEAT HEATER TEST


DRIVER'S SEAT

NOTE: SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations
(see COMPONENT LOCATION INDEX ), and precautions and procedures (see
PRECAUTIONS AND PROCEDURES ) before doing repairs or servicing.
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1. Remove the driver's seat (see FRONT SEAT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION ).


2. Remove the seat-back panel (see FRONT SEAT-BACK COVER REPLACEMENT ).
3. Disconnect connector A (5P) and connector B (2P) from the seat heaters.

Fig. 7: Identifying Connector A (5P) From Seat Heaters With Connector End View
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

Fig. 8: Identifying Connector B (2P) From Seat Heaters With Connector End View
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4. Check for continuity between seat heater connector A (5P) terminal No. 3, and terminal No. 2. There
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should be continuity.
5. If the continuity is not as specified, the seat cushion heater is faulty; replace the seat cushion cover/pad
(see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER REPLACEMENT ).
6. Check for continuity between seat heater connector B (2P) terminals No. 1 and No. 2. There should be
continuity.
7. If the continuity is not as specified, the seat-back heater is faulty; replace the seat-back cover/pad (see
FRONT SEAT-BACK COVER REPLACEMENT ).
8. Check for continuity between seat heater connector A (5P) terminals No. 1 and No. 5, and terminals No. 1
and No. 4. There should be continuity.
9. If the continuity is not as specified, the seat cushion heater is faulty; replace the seat cushion cover/pad
(see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER REPLACEMENT ).

FRONT PASSENGER'S SEAT

NOTE: SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations
(see COMPONENT LOCATION INDEX ), and precautions and procedures (see
PRECAUTIONS AND PROCEDURES ) before doing repairs or servicing.

1. Remove the front passenger's seat (see FRONT SEAT REMOVAL/INSTALLATION ).


2. Disconnect the 5P connector from the seat heater.

Fig. 9: Identifying 5P Connector End View


Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

3. Check for continuity between seat heater 5P connector terminals No. 3 and No. 4 and terminals No. 2 and
No. 5. There should be continuity.
4. If the continuity is not as specified, the seat cushion heater is faulty; replace the seat cushion cover/pad
(see FRONT SEAT CUSHION COVER REPLACEMENT ).

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SWITCH TEST/REPLACEMENT
1. Remove the center console panel (see CENTER CONSOLE PANEL
REMOVAL/INSTALLATION ).
2. Disconnect the 16P [12P] connector from the seat ventilation switch (A).

[]: Front passenger's seat ventilation switch

Fig. 10: Identifying Seat Ventilation Switch With Connector End Views
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

3. Remove the two screws and the switch.


4. Check for continuity between the terminals in each switch position according to the table.

NOTE: Make sure the correct test lead (+ or -) is placed on the terminal.
When checking for continuity across the diode, use the diode setting
on the digital volt/ohm meter to check the diode bias.
Be careful of this characteristic; a diode is one that conducts fully in
one direction (forward) and not at all in the opposite direction
(reverse).

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Fig. 11: Identifying Continuity Reference Chart


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[]: Front passenger's seat ventilation

5. If the continuity check is not as specified, replace the seat ventilation switch.
6. Install the parts in the reverse order of removal.

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