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1998 BMW 328i Drivers Seat Problem

The back of the drivers seat is too far back, almost touching rear seat. Motor runs when switch is engaged, but seat-back does not move.

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  • jmaness Nov 28, 2008

    My seat is fully reclined and will not return to the up right postion. The motor is turning but the seat does not move. How do I repair myself?

  • sreinauer Feb 24, 2009

    I tried this...got the seat out, easily...the seat back motors (2) have an enclosed transfer case (gearbox) attached to it...I think the problem lies inside that case...I need special 'star' wrenches to get it apart...I took it to a local mechanic and he estimates $300-700 to repair!!!...if I can get a diagnosis then I can buy the parts on e-bay...can anyone tell me if they have experience with this problem and what to do to repair?



    Thanks!



    sreinauer@cox.net

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    chyrsler minivan power seat won't move back motor running

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Driver seat doesn't move up and down just makes a buzzing sound when you engage the switch.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    window is up, 1/4" from top. will not move up or down. no communication between switch and motor. does it need reprogramming?

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Gears are probably not engaged. take the seat out, see if the motor drive gear is still within the teeth of the seat rail. if not, force it in. Easy to take out, 4 bolts and the seat comes up and out.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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