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Old 05-13-2012, 05:54 PM
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Seat Control Switch

The passenger side of my X5 seat would not move in certain directions. Ive searched and couldn't get any results other than to replace the control switch itself. I realized that because I had motion in one direction but not the other for all but one of the functions I figured it was the switch and not the motor(s). So I decided to start taking stuff apart to see where I would end up. (I only started this because the comfort switch was VERY hard to find let alone the passenger side even searching Range Rover). When I did find one brand new (roughly only option) I could find no cheaper than around $320.

It seems like over time carbon builds up between the contacts of the switches causing massive resistance and making it seem a motor is burned out. I was able to pull the switch out by removing the trim cover on the seat with a T20 torx bit behind the seat and wiggling it out. Once disconnected a T6 (really small) Torx bit removed the screws on the back of the control switch itself. Using a precision flat tip, I pryed open the switches and used it to scratch the contacts to create a fresh path for current flow. The smaller the screwdriver the easier it fits between the contacts to scratch the surface. Then I squeezed the contacts just a little closer together to make the switch smoother to control in your hands rather than using force to wear them out faster (last pic). Clean out the dirt with computer cleaner or equivilent and reinstall. The seat moves nicely in all directions now. I couldnt find any write ups on this procedure and this is what I could do since I cant figure out how to post pics within the text. Ill figure that out soon enough. It took about an hour and is cheaper than replacing the seat control switch. Dont mind the soldering iron in the background, I got it ready thinking I would need it to remove the contacts, but its not needed.
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Last edited by boramkiv; 05-13-2012 at 06:17 PM.
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