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The drivers side power seat will work up down front back but will only tilt back and will not tilt forward it is now stuck in recline i took the seat out but couldnt see which mechenism makes it tilt how do i fix?

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  • rap5571 Sep 28, 2009

    I have a 1994 volvo 850 my power seat back is stuck in the recline position. I can hear the motor click when i move the switch but it will only tilt back and not up i removed the seat to see how it all works but cant see how to get the seat back up can you please guide me thru this process if you have knowledge of what im descibing.the seat will tilt back but only moves slightly up,about 2" what do you sugest. thank you, Ron

  • rap5571 Sep 28, 2009

    Is there a way for me to bring the seat up to an upright position until i get it repaired its now stuck in full recline, as i was saying the switch appears to be working because it will tilt the seat back and only slightly up.when i take the seat out i cant see anything but the up down front back track where is the tilt mechenism?
    Thanks,Ron

  • rap5571 Sep 28, 2009

    isn't there a gear that turns to make the seat back tilt? How do i mechanically bring the seat back upright?

  • rap5571 Sep 29, 2009

    there appears to be three seperate motors which one is the tilt motor? This is on a 1994 volvo 850 .

    thanks for your response.

    Ron

  • rap5571 Sep 29, 2009

    Thanks for the info I think i will just buy a used seat. youv'e been very helpful.
    Ron

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The seats are operated by a motor and cable that turn a gear to raise and lower the seat.

If the switch is working and the seat is trying to go up (motor running), then you either have a bad gear, or cable. Volvo's are notorious for cable failure.

If it lifts up but stops as it would if it were fully upright, a position potentiometer may have been damaged and the power seat control module thinks it is in the fully upright position.

The seat back adjustment is under the seat back cover, you will have to remove the upholstery to gain access to it.

Possibly try to locate a seat from a salvage yard, a used seat will be the same price as a replacement cable.

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Hello

The best advice can give you is to take the seat to an electronic repair shop. The thing is, the whole movement is actually co-ordinated by one motor and if you connect the diffirent movements in reverse polarity the motor itself can blow up and that is expensive to replace.

So, rather to try to repair it yourself, pay the small fee to let an expert have a look at it. This cannot be a big problem, because all other movements still work, which means that it could just as easy be an loos wire, but if you take it for repair, you will most likely get a warrenty on the repair.

I really hope this can solve your problem. I know times are hard and you will maybe want to try and fix it yourself, but it is a very complicated system to try and repair yourself and you could just as easy end up with all the other movements malfunctioning as well.

Best regards

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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    Andrea Lock Sep 28, 2009

    Hello

    Something you can try is to push the button while slightly pushing the seat forward. The mechanism might just be stripped, so by giving it a little push it might just pick up on the thread and start moving upward. If this works, it is only temporary. Hope this works.



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This problem is either caused by a defective power seat switch or a defective tilt motor in the seat track, the most common is the switch, to test the switch buy a 12 volt test light avil at any auto parts store for about $5, ground the light to metal and operate the tilt function of the switch, the test light will illuminate if the switch is ok, u can do this at the connector under the seat, just hold the seat in the tilt function, back or forward, then probe the connector (large connector with heavy wiries) until you get a the test light to illuminate, if no light on any wire of the connector then the switch is defective, if you do get a light then the seat motor is defective, they don't service the individual parts of the power seat track, u must buy the whole assembly, suggest you try to find a used one if the seat track is defective..

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    yadayada Sep 29, 2009

    the info i gave you is accurate, to bring the seat back to position u want you will need to remove the seat from the car and then remove the tilt motor, this will release the seat back, then move the seat back to the desired position and then reinstall the motor, that is the only way to do this with a new seat transmission, a very expensive item, around $800-$1000 new if they are still available which I doubt.

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There are motors to tilt the seats forward-backwards and up and down. If it is tilting only in one direction then the relay for the other side is not working. Check and rectify.

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