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1985 buick riviera power seat wont move back

My drivers side seat is all the way forward and im a tall guy, when i click the seat button on the door i hear the seat click but nothing else, is it my seat motor or is it something else, passenger side works fine

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Hi, I have a1983 Riviera that just had the same problem. Try taking the switch out of the driver door armrest and switching it with the passenger side switch. If the seat then works, it isn't the motor, it is the switch. You can then use that switch to position your seat until you can get your driver seat switch repaired or replaced. The switches are actually quite easy to take out. Pull the entire switch assembly out of the armrest. The switch is held in by two small screws. Then you have to unscrew a blue cap that is holding the wiring harness onto the switch. Pry up on the wiring harness until it comes off of the switch. The passenger side switch comes out the same way and will easily press onto the driver side harness, but everything will work backwards. I hope this helps. I actually pulled my bad switch apart and tried to clean it, and when I put it back together again it worked! I hope this helps you.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012

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You have a damaged drive gear in the seat, the parts are no longer sold for this ol of a model so your best bet is to try and locate a used one.

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