1995 BMW 525i seat height motor works on one side of seat only
The bottom cushion on the driver’s side seat that raises/lowers/tilts seems to be stuck all the way up on the right side of the seat. When I try to lower the seat what ends up happening is that the left side of the seat seems to twist away (back) from the steering wheel while the right side of the seat stays put.
Re: 1995 BMW 525i seat height motor works on one side of...
There are 2 cables that come out of the motor that operates that feture. Over time the outsdie tube of the cable streaches, causing the cable that turns inside, to come out of the transmission is drives. One way to fix this is to remove this cable and shoren the outside tube by cutting it, and then re-insall back into the transmission. This is a 50/50 chance repair. The correct way to cure this issue is to replace the lower seat frame. $$$
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The seat will only go as high as it does. Very sorry to say there is an aftermarket device, it's called a booster seat. We have some ladies that put a pillow (cushion?) on the seat to get a little extra height.
The location of the battery in the BMW 525i series is under the back seat on the
passengers side. To access the battery, grab under the front portion of the
back seat and pull upward with some force. There are two slips into
which the seat is secured. One on the passenger side and one on the
drivers side, again in the front of the back seat. There is not one in
Typically, when when this happens, the system is low on fluid and/or must be bled. Here are the procedures:
Lower the top to the full down position.
Remove the rear seat cushion, seat back and inner quarter trim panels. Pull up sharply on the seat cushion at the front about midway between the middle of the seat and the outside edges. The seat back is held in by nuts. The quarter trim panels are held in by screws I think.
Remove the cylinder mounting brackets and remove the cylinders from the trunnion pivot mounts.
Rotate the cylinders 180 degrees (the hose fittings will now face to front of the vehicle.
Disconnect the motor/pump retaining clips from the body.
Rotate and raise the motor/pump assembly so the reservoir is in the up position. The rubber filler plug will be at the top.
Raise motor/pump fitting to at least 2 inches above the horizontal rear seat back reinforcement.
Tilt the motor/pump assembly to approximately the 10 o'clock position, with the rubber filler plug still at the top
CAUTION: THE MOTOR/PUMP ASSEMBLY MUST REMAIN IN THE CURRENT POSITION UNTIL THE RUBBER FILLER PLUG IS REINSTALLED IN THE Step 12.
Remove the rubber fill plug from reservoir.
Fill the hydraulic system by adding Dexron 2 Automatic Transmission Fluid to the bottom of the fill hole
CAUTION: DO NOT OPERATE THE TOP SWITCH IN THE UP (CLOSING THE TOP) DIRECTION.
With two people, activate the top switch in the down (opening the top) position to fully retract the cylinder rods and hold for approximately 5 seconds, until the motor/pump stalls. A percolating or gurgle sound/feeling is an indication that the procedure is working.
Top off the motor/pump with Dexron 2 and insert the filler plug.
Install the motor/pump assembly into the vehicle mounting bracket.
Rotate the cylinders back to the original position (hose fitting rearward)
Install the motor/pump lead and hydraulic line clips (the hydraulic line clips are to assist in the production process) to ensure that the seat back/seat cushion do not pinch the lines. If the sticky side is no longer holding to the floor pan, the clips can be left off.
Ensure that the bushing is still on the trunnion pivot mount and bracket. Tap the top switch in (raising the top) to get the cylinder trunnion onto the trunnion pivot mounts, if needed.
Install cylinder mounting brackets.
Raise and lower the top to ensure proper operation.
Install the inner quarter panels, and the rear seat back and cushion.
And Just a fair warning here - you WILL spill fluid inside your car. If you manage not to, I want to know how. I cover everything with garbage bags because there have been a few instances where I accidentally hit the button the wrong way and that stuff went EVERYWHERE. Be careful and good luck.
The rear seats have a pull strap located between the bottom cushion and the backrest of the rear seats used to disengage a lock to lift up the bottom cushion. The pull straps will only stick out an inch or so, or they might have fallen down between the seats and then you wont see them. Before you can lower the backrest of the rear seats, the bottom cushions have to be lifted up and forward out of the way so that the backrest may lie down flat. If your pull straps are not visible between the bottom cushion and the backrest, you may have to stick your hand between the cushions and feel for the straps. Once you find the straps, pull upward on the while lifting on the bottom cushion where the pull strap is located and the seat should tilt forward. Once you have manged to do this, the lever for the backrest is located on the top of the backrest. Just slide the lever and tilt the backrest to the desired position.
You could remove the seat and check to see if there is anything jammed in the seat rails causing the seat not to adjust up or down. Remove the 4 Torx-40 bolts from the rails tilt the seat back and disconnect the connectors that are lined up under the bottom of the seat. MAKE SURE THE KEY IS OFF AND STAYS OFF. Check the rails, check the operation of the height adjust. If it still does not work then it most likely needs seat rails.