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About a couple of months ago (September 2019), I noticed that the indicator light on my heated steering wheel button remained lit while driving despite no heat being emitted from my steering wheel whatsoever. This has been an ongoing problem so I decided to take it to my local Kia dealership. I was told that there wasn't a fuse problem, but the technician wouldn't be able to find the true reason for the issue unless he were to disassemble the steering wheel (which would've cost $70 before even diagnosing the problem). I decided to leave as I didn't want them to take a shot in the dark at my expense. Has anyone had this issue before and how much do you think I would expect to pay to either fix the potential problem (whatever that may be) or replace the steering wheel altogether? Thanks in advance.
 

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There have been problems with the heated wheel, here's one thread:
 

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Chances are it is a worn out "clock spring". Happened to my 2012 EX, I left alone after winter and eventually the problem got worse with the radio buttons on the wheel became unresponsive; or would work when I turned the wheel all the way left or right. The dealership agreed, it was the clock spring. I posted a break down of the cost, hopefully it's still available. Fortunately, I got a extended warranty plan and have had to use it many times with car, it now has 78K miles.
 

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About a couple of months ago (September 2019), I noticed that the indicator light on my heated steering wheel button remained lit while driving despite no heat being emitted from my steering wheel whatsoever. This has been an ongoing problem so I decided to take it to my local Kia dealership. I was told that there wasn't a fuse problem, but the technician wouldn't be able to find the true reason for the issue unless he were to disassemble the steering wheel (which would've cost $70 before even diagnosing the problem). I decided to leave as I didn't want them to take a shot in the dark at my expense. Has anyone had this issue before and how much do you think I would expect to pay to either fix the potential problem (whatever that may be) or replace the steering wheel altogether? Thanks in advance.

I had noticed mine just started doing this about 2 weeks age (2013 Kia Optima EX). I'm looking for a solution as well.
 
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