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1996 Volvo 960, Driver's motorized seat stuck

My 1996 Volvo 960 driver's side motorized seat is stuck on the right side. The left side of the driver's seat moves forward & backward, but the left side of the driver's seat stays in a fixed position.

Not sure if their are two motors and one is not working, of if there is one motor and something is wrong with the right track.

Any ideas?


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  • smith489 Jul 16, 2008

    Thanks Pierre.

    Took a while to find the time, place, and energy to dig into the seat.It was a plastic water bottle cap that got munched in the right track. It came out as I wrestled the seat out of place.

    Motor OK, cables OK, but right side track "gearbox" makes a harsh rattle when moving the seat backward; forward movement sounds normal. Works OK, but was abused after being stuck.

    Anyone trying to remove a 960 driver's seat, beware the extra protruding mushroom-headed connectors mid-track on both sides. They fit into slots in the floor ,and the seat needs to be turned counter-clockwise while lifting straight up after you've removed the four track bolts. Loads of fun if you don't know.


  • SCMirman Jan 21, 2009

    I have a similar problem in that the seat will go in reverse but not forward, also will recline but not come back forward. Passenger side is fine. any ideas, my initial thought is that its the control itself (switch) on the side of the seat, never had the "convenience" of power seats before and I must say I appreciate the manual seats much more now.

  • whyrob Jan 27, 2009

    Same problem. Nothing in the track. All cables attached.



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Maybe you got pennies money stuck in the track if not you got 1 motor for that the motor goes in a assembly in there you have 2 cable a left and a right lock under the seat you probably got the right cale disconnect sometime there stuff that push under the seat and push that cable off if its that just push the cable back in let me know and please if you can take the time to rate this thank you pierre
p.s when you try to put the cable back in dont force to mush

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Answer number two is exactly correct from my personal experience on my 96 960

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PROBLEM: I have owned three Volvo 960 - S90's, all three of them had problems with the power seats moving forward and back. You try to move the seat forward or back and one side moves, the other side just sits there like something is stuck in the track. These power seats have three different motors mounted on the bottom of the seat. The most common one to have problems is the forward and aft movement. That is the one in the middle. What happens is the cable shifts in the sleeve, moving one direction or the other, usually further into the motor, away from the transmission. I assume that these cables have about 1/4" bite in the transmission when new. However, over time this shifts into the motor and looses it's grip in the transmission causing the seat to have no movement at the position of the cable slide.
TEMP FIX: All of the problems that I have seen was from the center cable, right side of the seat. For several months I put gaff tape on the cable to pull it towards the rear seat. That allowed the cable to catch just enough to engage and allow the seat to move with the controls. You have to look and reach under the seat and look at the cable that comes from the center motor. When you move the control you will see and feel the cable twitch so you can push on the right one. If you put pressure on it like you are trying to jam it into the part that moves on the track and allow it to work while pressure is applied.
WARNING: Be careful when moving the seat with your had under it, you may loose a digit.
SOLUTION: You have one of two choices. One, replace the cable. Two, shorten the cable sleeve to cause the cable to have a grip on both ends. The instructions below show you how to shorten the cable sleeve so the cable grips the motor and transmission. It is possible to repair the cable without removing the seat. However, if you can not get the bolts out of the motor, you may have to remove the seat. Instructions to do both are below. It takes 30 minutes to do the job if you do NOT remove the seat. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to do the job when taking the seat loose.


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