Power Seat Difficult Removal, Motor Drive Testing and Track Replacement

Dec 31, 2017


Welcome to Grafco Electric, your trusted source for all your automotive electrical needs. In this guide, we will walk you through the process of removing a power seat, conducting motor drive tests, and replacing the track. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or a professional mechanic, this step-by-step guide will help you tackle the task with confidence.

Why Is Removing a Power Seat Difficult?

Power seats can be challenging to remove due to their complex wiring and mounting mechanisms. However, with the right tools and knowledge, the process can be made much simpler. Follow our instructions carefully to ensure a successful power seat removal without causing any damage to your vehicle.

Tools and Equipment

  • Socket set
  • Wrench set
  • Trim removal tools
  • Multimeter
  • Wire connectors
  • Electrical tape
  • Replacement power seat track
  • And more

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Disconnect the Battery

Prior to starting any electrical work, always disconnect the vehicle's battery to prevent any accidents or short circuits. Locate the battery in your vehicle and carefully loosen the negative (-) terminal. Once disconnected, secure the cable away from the battery to avoid accidental reconnection.

Step 2: Remove the Seat Covers and Bolts

Start by removing any seat covers that may be present. Seat covers are typically held in place by clips or hooks. Gently pry them off or use a trim removal tool to avoid any damage. Next, locate and remove the bolts securing the seat to the vehicle's floor. These bolts are usually located at the front and rear of the seat.

Step 3: Disconnect the Wiring Harness

Power seats are connected to the vehicle's electrical system through a wiring harness. Locate the wiring harness under the seat and carefully disconnect it. Most wiring harnesses have connectors that can be released by pressing a tab or sliding a latch. Take note of the connector configuration to ensure proper reconnection later.

Step 4: Lift and Remove the Seat

Once the seat is no longer secured by bolts or wiring, carefully lift it out of the vehicle. Ensure you have a firm grip and ask for assistance if the seat is heavy. Set the seat aside in a safe location.

Step 5: Testing the Motor Drive

Now that you have the seat removed, it's time to test the motor drive. Using a multimeter, check for voltage at the motor terminals while activating different seat functions such as adjusting the height, tilt, or backrest. If you're not getting any voltage or the motor is not responding, it may indicate a faulty motor drive.

Step 6: Replacing the Power Seat Track

If after testing the motor drive you determine that the power seat track is the issue, it's time to replace it. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your specific vehicle model to ensure a proper replacement process. Disconnect any wiring harnesses connected to the track, remove the bolts securing it, and install the new track in reverse order.

Tips and Considerations

  • Always refer to the vehicle's manual for model-specific instructions and precautions.
  • Work in a well-ventilated and well-lit area.
  • Label the wiring harness connectors to ease reconnection.
  • Take photos or make notes during disassembly to aid reassembly.
  • Double-check all connections and bolts before reassembling the seat.
  • Test the power seat functionality thoroughly after installation.

Contact Grafco Electric for Electrical Solutions

At Grafco Electric, we are committed to providing high-quality electrical solutions for your automotive needs. If you encounter any difficulties or have further questions regarding power seat removal, motor drive testing, or track replacement, our knowledgeable team is here to assist you. Contact us today for expert advice and top-notch products.

Gary Nelson
Very informative and helpful.
Nov 11, 2023