Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Front driver-side seat (part that you sit on) will not move forward or backwards; can you fix this issue?

asked by on

When 2003 Tahoe started up, the powered front driver-side seat automatically moved forward and it is now not able to be adjusted forward or backwards. The powered seat (sit-down area) is stuck in one position. There was a mild smoldering (mild burning) smell when this happened. The seat is the driver-side front that driver sits on. The part of the seat that supports driver's back works fine. All other powered functions in Tahoe work fine.

My car has 205000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: From what you've described, your power ...

From what you've described, your power seat has an electrical issue. There is separate control setting for each seat position. The power seat has motors that drive a track assembly to move forward or backward. The motors or related wiring could have failed causing this condition. This will require an inspection of the power seats system. Consider YourMechanic if you need assistance with getting this done.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car keeps popping the ignition fuse

The symptoms described for your Suzuki Aerio appear to be connected to an intermittent electrical problem. These can be particularly difficult to diagnose. From my experience, what seems to be going on is your Suzuki has an exposed wire that...

Q: Cooling system leaking

Hi, depending on the size of the leak and where it is coming from the BlueDevil head gasket sealer may be enough to stop the leak. However, if the leak is fairly large and is from the head gasket, I...

Q: Driver's seat motor or track is not allowing the seat to be adjusted. Do you work on this type of problem?

Depending on the symptoms of the seat not working, this may be related to the power motor itself not working properly or potentially something lodged in the track not allowing it to move freely. As you may know, there is...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.