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Power driver seat is jammed and will only travel 1/3 of the way

I can not move the power seat up to my wife's postion. It will only travel about 1/3 of the way before it seems to jam on something. How do I get the seat out to fix this problem?

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  • dmvn Jul 17, 2009

    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly...........yes, the motor wants to keep going but I stop it to avooid overheating. I can't see or feel anything in the way (jams on the right track) so I thought that there might be an easy way to take the seat out and deal with the problem that way.

    dmvn

  • painter071 May 11, 2010

    When it stops moving does the motor seem to continue to run? Have you checked under the seat to see if something is blocking its travel?

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Check under the floor board below the seat position--look for screws or nuts (4) that release the seat.

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