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bigdm56 02-06-2009 10:22 AM

Passenger seat jammed - need help!
 
Of course I have power seats and I have the upgraded 20-way seats. My front passenger seat is jammed and won't move forward or backward and is stuck all the way back. With a baby on the way, i need that seat to move a little forward so the baby seat will fit. The motor is working and I looked at it and found that there are two rails; a left and right. The left is sliding fine but the right will not budge. I tried prying it, lubricating it, etc. but to no avail. I don't want to spend extra money on getting this fixed with a baby on the way. Any ideas what it is and how I can fix it myself?

dfauerbach 02-06-2009 11:45 AM

Will the seat go up? maybe you can get a better look at the tracks and see if maybe something jammed in it like a dime or something from someones pocket.

bigdm56 02-07-2009 06:52 AM

All other functions of the seat work. I did try moving it all the way up and looking. I even took off all of the plastic trim pieces to see it better and I could see nothing. I know the motor is working fine. It is wierd because it doesn't even budge, I would think it was welded...

Any other ideas?.....

745ByMySide 02-07-2009 08:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigdm56 (Post 3901149)
Of course I have power seats and I have the upgraded 20-way seats. My front passenger seat is jammed and won't move forward or backward and is stuck all the way back. With a baby on the way, i need that seat to move a little forward so the baby seat will fit. The motor is working and I looked at it and found that there are two rails; a left and right. The left is sliding fine but the right will not budge. I tried prying it, lubricating it, etc. but to no avail. I don't want to spend extra money on getting this fixed with a baby on the way. Any ideas what it is and how I can fix it myself?

You got the wrong car then.

sunny_j 02-07-2009 02:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigdm56 (Post 3901149)
Of course I have power seats and I have the upgraded 20-way seats. My front passenger seat is jammed and won't move forward or backward and is stuck all the way back. With a baby on the way, i need that seat to move a little forward so the baby seat will fit. The motor is working and I looked at it and found that there are two rails; a left and right. The left is sliding fine but the right will not budge. I tried prying it, lubricating it, etc. but to no avail. I don't want to spend extra money on getting this fixed with a baby on the way. Any ideas what it is and how I can fix it myself?

by reading all your posts about the problems your having i bet your going to be dumping alot of money into your 02 7.:eek:

harjothundal 02-07-2009 02:26 PM

:rolleyes:

bigdm56 02-07-2009 06:25 PM

Actually its a great car and despite the inconvient things, it is in incredibly perfect shape. I don't mind getting things done at the dealership, I would rather fix it myself when possible. Any ideas on a solution?

harjothundal 02-07-2009 07:17 PM

what is the mileage on the vehicle? did you get a vin history report before you bought the vehicle?

Call Me Daddy 02-08-2009 11:00 AM

I would suggest getting in the back seat and pushing on the seat with your legs and have the wife click the switch forward and see if it will break loose.

dfauerbach 02-08-2009 05:08 PM

Man you guys are bad what does the milage have to do with a jammed seat? if he likes the car and enjoys it thats all that matters. I'm sure he is well aware of all things associated with the joy of ownership of the flagship 7, he is just looking for some help like most of us or a direction to look without paying the 129.00 diag fee to find out there was a ball point pen wedged in the seat track.

bigdm56 02-08-2009 07:20 PM

"I'm sure he is well aware of all things associated with the joy of ownership of the flagship 7, he is just looking for some help like most of us or a direction to look without paying the 129.00 diag fee to find out there was a ball point pen wedged in the seat track." ... Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks for the help. So with that great piece of information, anybody have any ideas on how I can fix it or at least get one step closer to diagnosing the problem?

Thanks Everybody!!!!!

Beemaboy 02-08-2009 10:55 PM

Have you checked the electrical connector for that motor? Can I also ask how you know that the motor is working if you cannot move the seat to test it?

Rawdon

dfauerbach 02-09-2009 04:54 AM

Are you sure there is only one motor under te seat?

bigdm56 02-09-2009 05:51 PM

I know the motor is working because when I jack the seat up I can all of the motors. There are many motors under the seat, but I tracked down the one that moves the seat forward and backward. When I push the forward button, the left side of the seat slide along the left track, but the right track is jammed solid. I won't even budge. There is a cable with some type of a shaft that controls the jammed track and by feeling it while pushing the button, I confirm that the shaft is turning inside of the cable as well. there is just something preventing the right sode of the track from moving. Any more idea would be GREAT!!!

Thanks so far...

johndade 02-09-2009 07:45 PM

I dont know if this will help but when i was at dealer one time getting subs looked at i seen the tech put seat all the way up and then forward towards dash. If you hold in the middle up position and between forward position you will notice the seat get really close to the dash try that and see if that gets it loose from whatever is stopping it. Good luck.

AZIPOD 02-10-2009 05:27 PM

Is it possible to remove the the seat rails from the body? Perhaps that way you can get better access to see what the problem is.

dfauerbach 02-11-2009 06:36 AM

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Originally Posted by AZIPOD (Post 3912219)
Is it possible to remove the the seat rails from the body? Perhaps that way you can get better access to see what the problem is.

or pull the whole seat and get it on a bench?


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