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Old 03-13-2015, 10:16 PM   #1
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Power seat problem

I really hope that someone may have a suggestion about the passenger seat on a 04 signature... The passenger power seat is not able to recline forward or backward. Other functions of the seat are operating, not great but operating. Any ideas on what I should be looking for would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:04 AM   #2
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SEVERAL discussions of this problem here on iRV2... Consensus is the electrical plugs beneath the seat... Clean with brush and "contact cleaner"...
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:38 AM   #3
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I have reviewed the other discussions and have not been able to find one that relates to only a partial failure. Part of the power seat works and part does not. All posts that I have read refer to complete failure of the power functions.
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:52 AM   #4
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SEVERAL discussions of this problem here on iRV2... Consensus is the electrical plugs beneath the seat... Clean with brush and "contact cleaner"...
I guess I wasn't looking hard enough.... I found a thread that may relate. Thank you! I post the problem when I find it.
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This happened in my Signature. I verified that the switch was working and it was so I went for the motor. The motor was bad. The motor is located in the back of the back of the seat. I got to mine through the bottom corner of the back seat. I could squeeze my arm in and get to the motor and got it out. It takes patience. I bought the motor with the cable complete from Villa International in Los Angeles, they make the seat. The POC was Mike Ramirez. I ended up change motors in both seats so they are a high failure item. When you get to the point you are going to do it you can call me when I am sitting by the seat and be more accurate on how I got into the back. I didn't have to undo any fasteners or stitching.
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Like Mike, I also had a motor failure, for the passenger seat footrest. Sometimes it would work, sometimes it wouldn't, and when it worked the motor was stuttering and noisy. A new motor cured all of the ills.

If power is getting to the seat, then it has to be something in the switch, the motor, or the wires between them. My first step would be to unplug the connection going to the motor, and use a volt meter and see if power is getting to the connector when you operate the switch.
  • If power is at that connector, start checking the wires and connections toward the motor, until you find the problem or determine that the motor is bad.
  • If power is not at the connector, start checking the wires and connections toward the switch until you find the problem.
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Thank you very much for your response. Interestingly enough the driver backrest is no longer working. I am checking power now. I will let you know! Thanks again!
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I bet it is the motors. Mine both went out around the same time with the same seats. You can hot wire directly to the wires coming off the switch to the motor. Polarity doesn't make any difference.
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I found the motor for the backrest. I can see the motor trying to turn the seat mechanism so I know it is getting power. It is NOT looking like a fun replacement job... My hat is off to you Mike! Patience is not one of my best qualities...
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It is not as hard as it looks. Most likely the gearbox on the motor is gone but it is worth pulling the motor out and see if it function correctly. There is a small possibility the seat itself has a problem. Hope not.
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Hello All
I'm new this forum. We just got home from Texas. We bought a 2013 Diplomat. As we parked in beside my house the armrest just fall off. I took the armrest apart and find a broken plastic piece. Anyone knows where can I get parts for my seat. I think it's made by "comfort" but I'm not sure.
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Anyone knows where can I get parts for my seat. I think it's made by "comfort" but I'm not sure.
Using a flashlight, take real close look under and around the bottom of the seat. Many times there is a folded up piece of paper jammed up in there with the manufacturer name, model number, etc. If you can find it, that would be a good clue to get your search started.
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