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Old 04-27-2012, 11:40 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Heated Steering Wheel Install

Hello.
Has anyone here converted their maxima from non heated to heated steering wheel? I can get my hands on a cheap heated steering wheel combo + switch and just wondering if the cars already prewiered for that, if its just plug and play...
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I haven't converted but it would certainly be nice if it was. First I would look to see if you have a harness behind the blank for the switch and see if it is simply taped down to the existing harness. If anything I can try to take a picture of the plug and harness coming to it later and post if to see if you have that plug.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:22 PM   Thread Starter #3
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Default Re: Heated Steering Wheel Install

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I haven't converted but it would certainly be nice if it was. First I would look to see if you have a harness behind the blank for the switch and see if it is simply taped down to the existing harness. If anything I can try to take a picture of the plug and harness coming to it later and post if to see if you have that plug.
Yeah, but getting behind the switches to see if the harness is in place will require me to dissemble the whole arm rest, which will take up a good amount of time. I'm a sucker for a shortcut and was hoping to find someone here who maybe did this conversion.

Nonetheless, if i don't get a response within a week or so, il probably go rooting there myself, found a mint condition black heated steering wheel, too hard to pass up for just $25.
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The steering wheel switch is not mounted in the armrest/center console. It is mounted where the dimmer and mirror switches are to the lower left of the steering wheel. I can try to look later and get the picture you need. The blank in the center console was for elite package rear sun visor.
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Default Re: Heated Steering Wheel Install

Originally Posted by latinismo View Post
The steering wheel switch is not mounted in the armrest/center console. It is mounted where the dimmer and mirror switches are to the lower left of the steering wheel. I can try to look later and get the picture you need. The blank in the center console was for elite package rear sun visor.
That's only for 04-06. The 07-08's have it in the center console.
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That's only for 04-06. The 07-08's have it in the center console.

Well then. let me shut my mouth. I should have asked the year first. Thanks for the knowledge Rani!

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Old 04-27-2012, 06:29 PM   Thread Starter #7
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Default Re: Heated Steering Wheel Install

So, by looking up in the fuse box, the wire for the heated wheel is there, found the picture of the plug. So the harness is there, but the problem is that the switch for the heated steering wheel is incorporated with the mirrors and dimmer.

That creates a fitting problem as the layout of my dimmer and mirror switch is quite different to the one with the switch for the steering wheel. Going to look into this, but seems to be impossible because you need a different lower dash for this to work.

Alright, the harness for the heated steering wheel is there, i highly doubt that its the harness for the VTC switch, but that is possible. Ive seen pictures of the HSW switch and the harness, they match up perfectly.

Nonetheless, if you don't have the heated option, you need a new lower drivers cluster pad since they're different in that area, one has holes for VTC and HSW switches and the other don't.

Overall, courtesy carries the lower dash, for $55+shipping, which is quite good pricing. I'm going to root around my local salvage yards and see what i can find. Il look into this conversion and update the progress once im done. Although, il take months before im done as i have other things in motion, this will get addressed before autumn time.

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Glad your sorting it out man!
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Originally Posted by latinismo View Post
Glad your sorting it out man!
It can be done, i might do it for the shits and giggles. Just need a black lower cluster with the said holes. Wondering if all of this worth for the "omg heated steering wheel so awesome in winter" thing.
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Default Re: Heated Steering Wheel Install

I had a heated steering wheel and then went without. Now I have it again. I won't go back!
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I had a heated steering wheel and then went without. Now I have it again. I won't go back!
Last but not least, im going to make sure that the harness i spoke of is 100% the one for HSW. Id rather not spend money on this until im certain. Will see how this goes. Already found the lower cluster panel that matches with my interior and has those spaces for the HSW.

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did you ever get this to work? I'm in the process of doing this now myself? I'm trying to find a switch and wires for it. I have already ordered the steering wheel and I am hoping to order the replacement clock spring today for it.
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I still need to purchase a clock Spring for my car in order to complete the install... anyone know what part number I need for an '08 heated steering wheel going into an '05 car?
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