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6th Gen ('00-'05): How do you remove a dead power seat?

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Old 06-29-2019, 11:27 AM
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Anyone know how to move a dead driver's power seat forward so you can get the rear bolts out? I'm thinking about buying a junkyard seat for parts. Can I remove it from the tracks while in place?
 
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Old 06-29-2019, 07:13 PM
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Not sure if there is any way to get it out if the seat is slid back. Is the motor burnt out? I had to put a good battery into mine to move the seat forward to access the bolt. Problem being the bolt for the inside seat track is recessed below the seat track so don't know of any way to fit a wrench on that bolt with the track all the way back.
 
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Old 06-29-2019, 07:54 PM
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Well, I haven't asked but I doubt the junkyard will let me hook up a battery. I would expect they would consider that a fire hazard. Something about shorted wires and such. I was hoping one of the bone collectors here might have encountered this.
 
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Old 07-06-2019, 04:40 PM
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So I have found how to do it:
Go to the Pick N Pull on the first day of their July 4th weekend 1/2 price sale and pull the power seat switch, harness, and as much of the body harness as you can cut from a derelict seat.
Pay them $10 and go home and check the switch for continuity and figure out which wire activates on forward. Do a little victory dance that you have a spare switch when a new one is $100.
Go back the next day with your tools and cordless driver to the targeted seat(s), plug in your pigtail body harness (take the switch/ harness and your receipt in case the subject seat's is bad), remove the battery from your driver and press the orange wire to the + side and black wire to the - side.
Push the switch forward and let out a throaty harumph! when it moves forward.
Remove the two seat bolts from the back and lean it forward to pull it from the front slots.
Repeat for the second seat.
This method also works for window motors and radiator fans.
Strip the rest of the stuff you want and haul it to the front and give them $101.
Post a photo and crow about your great haul !!
I now have leather heated seats equipment with both seats 6-way power. I already have new front bottom seat covers, new seat foam for the driver side, and the passenger backrest is extra nice as is - just needs a cleaning. The back seat is exceptional, just needs cleaning and conditioning. I confirmed that my driver body harness is provisioned for heated seats. I think that the passenger side is probably hidden under the carpet.
Looks like my Sport Cloth is going in storage at some point soon.



 
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:12 PM
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Awesome answer to your problem! Great work, awesome info and looks like a nice score from your trip!!
 
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:55 PM
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Thanks Maniac.

I went back yesterday and got the complete passenger door, visors and driver information center, and washer bottle pump and level sensor. Half price sale is over but I may go back and get the steering wheel controls and some other stuff.
 
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Glen01SS View Post
Anyone know how to move a dead driver's power seat forward so you can get the rear bolts out? I'm thinking about buying a junkyard seat for parts. Can I remove it from the tracks while in place?
I got a power seat out of a Monte once and the guy at the U pull it said to use 9 volt transistor type batteries put on a pig tail and plug it into the seat wires under the seats. It works great took one to go back and 3 to go forward.
 
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:55 AM
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Good score.. I need to find a new driver seat bottom. Or, a good used one actually. These things seem to be scarce.
 

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