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Passenger seat adjustment

We reclined the seat back for a road trip and it will not adjust back to a normal position. It is stuck.

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  • tedir Jul 10, 2008

    We did the same thing, reclined the seat to fit an object in the passenger seat of our Mini Cooper. The seat is now in a reclining position and does not want to adjust back to upright. We have tried to adjust it back up to no avail. Several individuals said we could accidentally set off the airbag if we try to force it. The passenger seat is not useable in the upright position at all, and hasn't been for months.

  • Mattingley Jul 11, 2008

    We are having the same problem. The garage is telling me I need a new
    seat back and a rail. With 5 hours labor the bill will be $1479.55 plus
    tax. I don't think I've put the seat back more than once or twice
    before. I'd say I'm disappointed

  • danstrav Aug 02, 2008

    I've got a 2004 Mini Cooper and just ran into the same issue. I think this was the first time we reclined the passenger seat and now it won't go back into a normal seating position. It either goes all the way back into a reclining position and holds there, or it goes all the way forward as if someone was getting into the back seat.

    The Torx screw on the left side of the seat is not loose. The cable that releases the seat to move to a reclined position is moving in it's sheath, but the seat will not "catch" to stay in a normal seating position.

    Does anyone have any ideas?


  • Anonymous Aug 07, 2008

    My girlfriend owns this model and I seem to be having a similar problem. I reclined the passenger seat all the way back in order to place an 88-key keyboard (very long) inside the car. When she returned home, it will not return to the upright position. It will either stay all the way back or will move all the way forward. I suspect this is expensive to fix, so any help would be much appreciated.

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I had the same problem when I first got my 2003 also. I played with it for a while and kept pushing down the levers on both sides and it finally caught. I haven't had a problem since.

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Driver and passenger heated seats inoperative or shut off in 30 seconds. There will be DTCs B2435, B2440, B3606 and/or B1825 set in the Drivers Seat Module. The adjustable pedal position sensor, seat recliner position sensor and both heat seat thermistors share the same 5 volt reference internal to the Drivers Seat Module. A fault in any of these components/circuits can make the heated seats inoperative or shut off in 30 seconds, as well as, the seat recliner and/or adjustment pedals may move in short increments when operated. A fault in heated seats, adjustable pedal or seat recliner will affect BOTH heated seats.
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If a parameter is found to be out of range inspect circuits for any opens, shorts to ground, or voltage. If none found replace the suspect component.

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  2. The seat recliner position sensor internally shorted pulling the 5 volt reference low. Disconnect the recliner position sensor and see if heated seats start working correctly, if so replace.
  3. An open in either heated seat thermistor circuits (signal or low reference). The most common is the passenger thermistor where it passes through seat connector C305 pin "L" or "K" or C399 pins "R" or "G".
  4. A chaff to ground on either heated seat thermistor signal circuits. The most common is circuit 5475 black/red or dark blue shorted to ground in the passenger seat near the buckle. Note Important:: The heated seat thermistors act differently to "OPENS and SHORTS" than the adjustable pedal position sensor and seat recliner position sensor. The adjustable pedals and seat recliner sensors can be disconnected for testing of the heated seats. Where as the heated seat thermistor circuit must be working correctly before EITHER heated seat will operate. Disconnecting one thermistor, which may have a concern will not allow the opposite heated seat to work correctly, BOTH side must be operational before EITHER heated seat will operate.
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