Few things can ruin a road trip faster than a bad back. So before taking another long drive this holiday season, be sure to fix your car's broken power seat first. The power seat lets you adjust the car seat with just a push of a button. Now, when a seat motor malfunctions, the power seat also stops working-this compromises your driving comfort. In order to stay comfortable on the road, you have to replace your broken seat motor. Follow the instructions below to know how.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Continuity tester
- Replacement seat motor
- Philips and Flathead screwdrivers
- New seat motor
Step 1: Activate the seat motor switch.
Step 2: If the seat motor won't work, try to gain access to the back of the motor switch. You can do this by detaching the seat trim panel.
Step 3: Disconnect the negative battery cable first in order to prevent accidents.
Step 4: Test the motor switch for ground and power. If it's a negative for both, bypass the switch and provide ground and power for the seat motor.
Step 5: Use a screwdriver to carefully remove the bolts that hold the car seat in place. Look for the electrical connections at the base of the seat. Once you've found them, be sure to remove each connection.
Step 6: Pull the entire seat out of your vehicle. Locate your power seat motor, and remove it carefully. Replace it with your new seat motor.
Step 7: Make sure the new seat motor is working by providing power and ground. If the motor is working, reinstall the seat and connect all electrical connections. Bolt seat into place.
Step 8: Connect the power seat switch, and return the power seat trim panel that was removed on Step 2.
Step 9: Reconnect your battery cable.
Step 10: Test the power seat to make sure the new motor is installed properly.
If the power seat doesn't work, recheck if all the electrical connectors are connected. If the power seat still fails to function, contact your local mechanic right away.