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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Power Seat Switch

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The power seat switch comes in most modern vehicles. It may be located on the driver’s side seat, passenger’s side seat, or both depending on the make and model of your vehicle. The power seat switch allows you to move the seat back and forth, up and down with just the touch of a button. There are a few common things to watch out for when your power seat switch starts to fail:

1. Seat does not move

One of the biggest signs your power seat switch is going bad or failing is the seat does not move when you push the switch. The seat may not move forward or backwards, or in any of the directions it is meant to move. If the seat is not moving at all, check the fuses to see if they have blown. If the fuses are still intact, contact a professional mechanic to replace your power seat switch so you can be seated in the proper driving position.

2. Seat moving slowly

If you press the power seat switch and the seat moves slowly in one direction, chances are the switch is failing. This means there is still time to have the power seat switch replaced before it stops moving completely. There could be a variety of issues causing this, such as a wiring issue, or a problem with the switch itself. Either way, the power seat switch should be looked at by a mechanic so they can test the voltage with a multimeter.

3. Seat stops moving while pressing the switch

If your seat stops moving while you are pressing the power seat switch, you should have the seat looked at. In addition, the seat may start and stop while you are pressing the button, taking it a long time to get into the position you want it to. This is another sign it is failing, but you still have a little time to have the mechanic change the switch before it completely fails. It is a good idea to have a mechanic replace the switch due to complex electrical systems found in many vehicles.

If you notice your seat is moving slowly, stops moving, or does not move at all, your power seat switch may be failing or has already gone bad. YourMechanic makes getting repairs to your power seat switch easy by coming to your home or office to diagnose or fix issues. You can book a service online 24/7. YourMechanic’s qualified technicians are also available for any questions that may come up.

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