Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Driver's side seat is stuck and power switch is not working

asked by on

The power switch in my car that positions the driver's seat is not working. It will raise the seat up and down, and will tilt it in both directions, but nothing happens when you try to move it forward or backward. Right now it's stuck in the fully forward position, making it difficult to drive with a safe distance from the steering wheel. What can I do about this?

A: The power seat has three motors to control ...

The power seat has three motors to control the three different motions. The switch is a multiple position switch that will control the motor direction. Your vehicle most likely has a defective switch but it would need to be tested, to see if the motor that has burned out or not, since the fore and aft motor is used the most out of the three motors. If you need help getting these motors checked out, reach out to a certified mechanic who can diagnose and fix your seats.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I move the rear outer head restraints?

The rear outer head restraints cannot be removed, or adjusted in height, but they can be folded down. To fold them down, pull the strap next to the restraint until it folds down. The restraint can be returned to its...

Q: service ESC and traction control message and power steering out.

This will require the use of a scanner that can read codes and data form the control module. There may be an electrical issue and not a component issue. A fuse that operates the system could be open and not...

Q: I NEED HELP ASAP! My dad is trying to change my lower left control arm on my 2001 pt cruiser and the bolt that goes into the body

I can think of a couple of possible solutions. The first one I would try is to stick something in the hole to prevent the bolt from just spinning such as a pry bar. This might help you to get...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...