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Power drivers seat will not go back

Seat wont go back. Go's forward, up/down...

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  • David Thompson
    David Thompson Apr 04, 2014

    Thanks Anthony...but that was one of the first things I looked for after removing the seat...Man, I wish that was it though!!! I changed the motor too, hoping that would fix it . I'm completely stumped!!! Any other thoughts/suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

  • David Thompson
    David Thompson Apr 04, 2014

    Also put a different switch too, hoping maybe that would fix it, but it didn't...Imagine that!!! Haha!! Again, completely stumped!

  • David Thompson
    David Thompson Apr 04, 2014

    Both fuses under the hood are good as well...Is there maybe another fuse I missed? Checked resistance on all wiring and all circuits are complete...

  • anthony_d361 Apr 04, 2014

    Did you test the motor before installing it? Often, the gears on the seat get stuck or gunked up, they need to be sprayed down with some WD-40 and re-lubed. I would remove the seat, clean & lube all the gears and track, test it OUT of the car (jumper wires from your battery) and see what happens. test it before AND after cleaning the gears and track. If that doesn't work, check to see if the passenger side switch works the driver's seat. If so, you know for sure it's something binding on the driver's seat.

  • David Thompson
    David Thompson Apr 05, 2014

    Yes sir, I did test the motor outside of the car and it worked. It worked with ease. I actually added some grease in addition to what was already on it. Thank you very much for you're suggestions!!! Man I sure wish I can figure it out as I really don't want to take it to a shop for fixing! Again, thanks very much!!!

  • David Thompson
    David Thompson Apr 05, 2014

    I can hear it engaging, just won't move!!!

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Either something (like a coin) is jamming the track or at worst the motor is shot. 9 times out of 10 there's something stuck in the track.

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  • anthony_d361 Apr 07, 2014

    If the seat is out of the car, sitting on the floor and it moves like it should then either something is binding when bolted into the car or the motor is defective and can't move the weight of a person in the seat. I'd remove the seat assembly, sit it on the floor/ground and see if it works like that. If it does, sit on the seat and try again. If it doesn't, chances are the motor is defective. If it DOES work when you sit on the seat outside the car, then something is binding IN the car. Install the seat and one bolt at a time, testing it between each bolt installation. Don't tighten the bolts completely. If the motor is engaging like you said, these are the only two possibilities left.

  • David Thompson
    David Thompson Apr 07, 2014

    Thank you, but I may have said something in my last response that you misunderstood. In the car or out of the car, the seat will engage (in other words, when I move the button on the side I can hear the motor "click" like it is engaging, but in either case, the seat does not move. It was working fine goving forward only and intermitantly when moving back...now, it doesn't move at all even after putting a different drive motor in. Hope that helps make it a little easier to understand? Thank you again and respectfully, DT

  • anthony_d361 Apr 08, 2014

    Take a look at this Service Bulletin......

  • anthony_d361 Apr 08, 2014

    Below are the 1st 2 pages of the TSB



  • David Thompson
    David Thompson Apr 16, 2014

    Thank you, I couldn't read the attachments (too small) so I just went today to the local Acura dealership and had them print out that service bulletin. Although it says it was for a 2.2l (I have 3.0l) I still am going to try this potential fix this weekend!!! Thank you again, I will report back results!!!

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