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I have two different power recliners that are not working but if I unbolt the arms of the motor from the bar on the recliner mechanism the motor works fine reconnect the arms and the chair will fully recline and then back to the upright position then it will open up once more to full recline and stops the only way that I have been able to get it working again is to disconnect the arms from the motor again why does it quit working so quickly once the motor has a load on it

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SOURCE: Power Drivers seat stuck in partial recline

If it's anything like seats in GM's there is only one motor for each "function". They use a small gear box, with shafts and gears to distribute the movement to both sides of the seat. You will see a few motors under the seat also. Depending on how they made them, the recline motor may be under there too.

The cost will vary, and that's only IF a replacement part is available. Sometimes you have to get awhole new seat (some leather Caddy seats are close to $2500 EACH - ouch). You can always scour ebay (just do a search for "concorde seat" - theres actually a guy selling the entire lower rail assembly as i'm writing this)

Some seats have a factory unzippable cover. This may or may not allow you access to poke around in there.

I would check for any obstruction caught up in the pivot of the seat or near the area where the shafts / gears meet the tilt mechanism. It could be anything really, but coins tend to be the majority of the culprits! I've found that trying to lay on your head to find them is a pain, and you always miss something. It's easier to unplug the power to the seat, take out the 4 bolts, and turn the seat upside down in the driveway and shake out whatever is caught up in it.

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SOURCE: drivers side seat not working properly

hi this sounds like the coiled spring that is enclosed behind the cover where the recline lever is it has either broken or the pin it locates on has snapped or spring has for some reason slipped its fastening ? try removing cover and investigate the spring and its locator points

Posted on Dec 29, 2008


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SOURCE: camry power driver seat motor won't return from recline position

it has three septet motors with gears
if one is bad you will replace it

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

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SOURCE: Passenger seat is fully reclined and won't stay upright

the gear broke or the bar inside is broken,take it to a body shop and have them dis -assemble the covering on the rear of the seat then you can see the problem

Posted on Apr 30, 2009


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SOURCE: The recline on my power seat stopped working

I just bought a 2005 Nissan Altima that had the same problem. The motor was fine. I opened the switch and found that a trace on the small circuit board was cut/missing. I soldered it on the spot and it solved the problem. You can access the switch by carefully prying off the switch buttons, then the plate. There are two screws that must be removed so that you can pull the switch assembly out of the seat.

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