Q: Seat broke now I can’t see out the windshield

asked by on

I never realized how hazardous not being able to adjust the driver’s seat’s height or position would be until the switches in my 2007 Ford Explorer went out. Now I am far too low to the floor of the vehicle and my wife can barely see over the steering wheel! The vehicle has 145,000 miles on it, but I never thought of how long I could go before getting new seats. I assumed you couldn’t go wrong with what are basically chairs in a very technical, modern vehicle! Is this an electrical issue or do I need a new seat (or both)?

The seats on some older Ford Explorers were not computer module controlled and not as problematic. However, your vehicle has computer module controlled seats which can be scanned to determine why your seat will not move. YourMechanic can scan the computer and diagnose your non-functional power seats for any codes received to direct the proper repair without a complete seat replacement. One of the problems your vehicle may have are binding gears in the drive under the seat which can be fixed with replacement parts. The other issue is the control switches not sending signals to the module. If you have no noise or movement in any direction for either seat, then you may have something simple like a blown fuse or a module issue. Proper diagnosis will have to be done to narrow the problem down.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Seat broke now I can’t see out the windshield

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: My 2001 ford F350 triton V10's engine began cranking in the middle of the night.

The issue is with your ignition switch. The switch is turning on the starting circuit to the starter and not disengaging the circuit unless you turn off the key. I recommend replacing the ignition switch. If you need further assistance...

Q: My 93 Ford Explorer hesitates when opening the throttle, it is very sluggish and acts like it has no power. Then all of a sudden i

You are correct to suspect the MAF with this sort of symptom. The MAF detects the the amount of air entering the motor. If there is a vacuum leak, or more common, if the air boot that connects the MAF...

Q: Hi, I have a 2003 Ford Taurus. Going down the HWY it stopped having the driving power to go. Engine is running. Pulled o er and a

It sounds as if you are having further issues with your transmission. If the vehicle will only go forward and not reverse, it is possible that a shift solenoid replacement will resolve the issue. It is also possible that internal...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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.