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The driver's side power seat in our Lincoln Town Car is in the full back position and will not move. The problem started as a ratching sound in the motor and the seat moving in jerks rather than the normal smooth operation. The switch was working because the seat was trying to move. The fuse is also good. After reading several of the previoius posts for this same problem it sounds like I need to remove the seat and power seat transmisssion. How can I get instructions on how to do this?

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sounds like gear or seat track is damaged.

Posted on May 19, 2011

  • gerry bissi May 19, 2011

    You can remove the entire seat, usually only 4 bolts and a few wire connectors.

    SECTION 501-10: Seating 1998 Town Car Workshop Manual



    Seat —Front Power

    NOTE: The driver power seat procedure is shown; passenger seat procedure is similar.

    Move the seat all the way back.

    Remove the front front seat track covers.

    Remove the bolts.

    Move the seat forward.

    Remove the rear front seat track covers.

    Remove the nuts.

    Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301).
    Disconnect the connectors.

    CAUTION: Use care when handling the seat and track assembly. Dropping the assembly or sitting on a seat not secured in the vehicle may result in damaged components.

    Remove the seat from the vehicle.

  • gerry bissi May 19, 2011

    Seat -Track


    CAUTION: Use care when handling the seat and track assembly. Dropping the assembly or sitting on a seat not secured in the vehicle may result in damaged components.

    1. Remove the front seat; refer to Seat-Front Power in this section.

    1. Remove the front safety belt buckle end (61203).

      1. Remove the nut.

      1. Disconnect the connector (driver side only).

      1. Remove the front safety belt buckle end.

    1. Remove the screws and cover.

    1. Remove the bolts.

    1. Remove the bolts.

    1. Remove the connectors.

    1. Disconnect the connector and remove the front seat track (61704).

    step 4 is above

    step 5 below



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