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Bmw seat wont go back

My 328ic 1997 seat will go up down and tilt back and forth, but wont slide to the back it is stuck balls to the steering wheel which makes it impossible to drive. any suggestions

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  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    It is a power seat, the recline power works, the up and down power works tilt forward and back power on the seat works, but slide front on the metal carriage and back power does not work, it works on the passenger side but not on the Driver side, all the cables are connected, but I cannot even get in the car and drive it right now because the seat is all the way up.
    Any suggestions?

  • joe May 11, 2010

    can you hear the motor running when you hit the switch to slide backwards & forwards or is it quiet? can you give the seat bottom a knudge when hitting the button to slide back?



    does the seat have memory settings? if it does and you select one of the presets, do all positions change except the fore/aft position?



    is the front/back switch separate from the other switches? i have heard of switches going bad. maybe you can pull out the switch and swap it with the passenger side to see if the problem gets fixed or moves to the other side. if it moves, then it was the switch.



    seems odd, but doesn't sound like the motor. i believe there is a limiting switch that stops the seat (and thus turns off the motor) at a certain point forward and back.

  • joe May 11, 2010

    is this a power seat or manual adjust seat?

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The power seat uses DC motors. To change direction the polarity reverses from one direction to another. If you hear the motor "clicking" when you try to drive it forward, even though it is already forward, this signals the motor brushes are making contact to the commutator. So if it is "clicking" the problem is most likely the rearward seat movement switch itself or bad connection from the seat switch to the motor. If there is no "clicking" sound, this indicates no power is reaching the motor, it is most likely hair, dust or trash that has entered the motor and become lodged under the brushes, preventing failure of the electric circuit to the commutator. Unbolt the seat, remove it from the car and be careful with disassembly and cleaning of the motor, they can be difficult to reassemble as they have permanent magnets. I am not certain on your BMW, but many manufacturers use a motor with an open end that you can manually rotate the motor by hand with a piece of square key stock, this may also dislodge any debris stuck under the brushes and allow the motor to operate.

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