How to Replace a Power Seat Switch

Power seat position and operation is controlled through the power seat switch. In most vehicles, when the occupant pushes the switch, the internal contacts are closed and current is allowed to flow to the seat adjustment motor. The seat adjustment motors are bidirectional, with the direction of the motor rotation being determined by which direction the switch is pushed. If the power seat switch is no longer working, it will be obvious because you will not be able to move the seat using the switch. Watch out for signs as well to get it checked before it goes completely out.

Materials Needed

  • Protective gloves
  • Repair manuals (optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Screwdrivers
  • Trim panel tools (optional)

Part 1 of 2: Removing the power seat switch

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Step 1: Disconnect the negative battery cable. Disconnect the negative battery cable and set it aside.

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Step 2: Remove the seat trim panel. Remove the trim panel retaining screws using a screwdriver. Then pull the seat trim panel away from the seat cushion in order to release the retaining clips. Using a trim panel removal tool is optional.

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Step 3: Remove the screws from the switch panel. Using a screwdriver, remove the screws that hold the switch panel to the trim panel.

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Step 4: Remove the electrical connector. Remove the switch’s electrical connector by pushing down on the tab and sliding it off. Then remove the switch itself.

Part 2 of 2: Installing the new power seat switch

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Step 1: Install the new switch. Mount the new seat switch in position. Reinstall the electrical connector.

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Step 2: Reinstall the switch panel. Using the same retaining screws you removed earlier, attach the new switch to the switch panel.

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Step 3: Reinstall the seat trim panel. Mount the seat trim panel in place. Then, insert the screws and tighten them down using a screwdriver.

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Step 4: Reconnect the negative battery cable. Reconnect the negative battery cable and tighten it down.

That’s what it takes to replace your power seat switch. If you’d prefer to have a professional tackle this job, YourMechanic offers expert power seat switch replacement done at your home or office.


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