Replaced the seat heater switch on the driver's side in my wife's '04 Explorer Limited today. Button is with the other seat controls on the side of the seat near the door. A couple of screws removed releases the molding covering all of the switches/levers.
Anyway, the part number on the switch is no longer valid as I found out at the Sam Pack 5-Star parts shop in Farmer's Branch today. Correct P/N is 3L2Z-14D694-AA. Cost was $61+tax. You can get it less expensively from one of the online guys if you want to wait on/pay for shipping. With shipping the price would've been about the same.
Reason for replacement was the darn thing started sticking and my mother drove while visiting in the summer and accidently hit the button. Couldn't get it turned off while vehicle was on and made it for extremely hot DFW summer day. Took it out then and didn't have good reason to replace until winter hit DFW this weekend.
the plastic trim on the side of the seat is released by 2 screws: 1 at the back, bottom, exterior corner of the seat. You have to push the leather out of the way slightly. The second is under the plastic trim just ahead of where the seat heater switch is. Feel around for that one.
Thank you for the assistance. same problem here, switch sticks on, buns burn. the rear screw is easy enough, but how in the heck do you get that first screw out? there is not much room, you can't see it, and mine seems frozen. what type of screwdriver (or other) is needed? thank you again.
I am trying with seat still in vehicle...it seemed overly involved to have to take the seat out just to get to this one screw. I was able to gently bend the trim forward (with the rear screw out) enough to disconnect the switch from the connector, and push the switch out. Thanks for your thoughts though!