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      09-24-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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Removing power seats that can't move

Okay, I need some help from you guys. The other day I had a friend riding and they bought one of those energy shot things from the gas station, then just tossed it on the floorboard after they drank it. A couple of days later I was cleaning my car and was pushing the seat forward when it stopped going forward on one side. I looked under the seat to find that the energy shot bottle had jammed itself under the side of the motor and actually pushed it up and bent it's mounting pins and knocked it off so it can't move one side of the seat anymore.

Now I need to lift up the seat to get to it to reattach it, but I can't really get to the bolts on the seat without being able to move it back and forth.

I called up the dealership's service department and they said there's no manual release of any kind that I can do to slide the seat back and forth, but that seems ridiculous to me. There must be a way to get the seat to move to get to the bolts. There's no way that the seat is just stationary and trash for the remainder of the car's life whenever the motor has a problem.

Does anyone have any experience with this or know any ideas I can try to move the seat and unbolt it?

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If you can't get to the bolts, you are in a tough spot. There is no way to get that seat to move?

Oh, and you should smack you friend in the head for leaving is trash in your car.
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If you can't get to the bolts, you are in a tough spot. There is no way to get that seat to move?

Oh, and you should smack you friend in the head for leaving is trash in your car.
Yeah, the bottle actually lodged itself under the motor on the left side (towards the center of the car), and when I was pushing the seat forward to clean, it wedged against the floor and pushed the entire motor off it's tabs on the left side so that it's not moving the seat on the left side anymore.

I didn't see any kind of release mechanism, but I just can't believe that a seat would be permanently stuck if the motor were to die. Surely the must be something I can do about it.
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what did you end up doing? I'm in the same situation.
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what did you end up doing? I'm in the same situation.
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Yeah, the bottle actually lodged itself under the motor on the left side (towards the center of the car), and when I was pushing the seat forward to clean, it wedged against the floor and pushed the entire motor off it's tabs on the left side so that it's not moving the seat on the left side anymore.

I didn't see any kind of release mechanism, but I just can't believe that a seat would be permanently stuck if the motor were to die. Surely the must be something I can do about it.
I am in the same predicament at the moment. What did you guys end up doing?
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I had the same thing happen to me, except with an air-freshener. It knocked one of the wires coming from the motor out. I just placed it back in place and both rails started moving again. It's hard to explain without showing but 1 motor essentially spins both sides. Without tension in that either cable, the "screw" rail will not move.
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I am in the same predicament at the moment. What did you guys end up doing?
I barely remember this at this point, I took the car to BMW and they found strands of leather caught in the threaded part that connects the motors on each side of the seat. The dealer tried to say it was from a leather purse being under the seat while the seat was moved. I said it looks more like part of the leather seat itself got caught in there. I don't remember having to yank a purse or piece of clothing caught in the motor from under the seat. Thankfully, the dealer ended up repairing it under warranty. At first they wanted over a grand to fix it.
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I had the same thing happen to me, except with an air-freshener. It knocked one of the wires coming from the motor out. I just placed it back in place and both rails started moving again. It's hard to explain without showing but 1 motor essentially spins both sides. Without tension in that either cable, the "screw" rail will not move.
When the motor was "broken" so to say, would it make a noise?

Essentially, I had small cans of cat food roll out of a bag and lodge itself under the motor. At first, only one side was moving but after I removed the cans (probably used a bit too much force) now neither side moves.

When I try to move it, I can hear a click from the motor as if it is trying to move but cannot. I tried to elevate the seat as high as I could (towards the sunroof) to get a quick look but couldnt really see anything out of place.

Right now, the seat is further up on one side on the rails thann the other due to the fact that only one side was moving at one point.
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