by Raymond Tong
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Adjusting car seats can be a hassle, especially if you have a bad back. Although the position of the adjustment lever is ergonomic, a button located on the armrest or on the dashboard to make the desired adjustments is more convenient. Power seats are available, and while it can be challenging, with the push of a button, you’ll have the seat adjusted for comfort once completed.
Removal of factory seats
Park the car in neutral and set the parking brake. Remove the bolt caps located at the front and rear of the seat rail. Loosen the rear bolts that hold the seat to the car frame; then loosen the ones at the back of the seat rail.
Fold the seat for better handling, remove the bolts from their slots, and gently lift the seat.
Gently pull the seat out and out of the car. Save this seat. Repeat the same steps for the front passenger seat.
Installing the power seats
Clean the area around the seat rail with your handheld vacuum and lubricate the rails sparingly.
Collapse the power seat and gently place it on the rails. Keep cables away from rail.
Finger tighten the bolts at the front and rear. Inspect the rail and seat and make sure they are the same length. If so, tighten the bolts and replace the bolt caps. This replaces the seats.
Route the wires for both seats under the door sill foot panel and fix it with the fuse box according to the wiring diagram provided with the power seats. Use a 20 amp fuse to complete the circuit between the seat and the switch. Test the seat before connecting the switches to the dash.
Unscrew the console and carefully remove it. The power seat switch is more ergonomic on the center console. Use your speed drill and drill a small hole in the center console for the cables to pass through. Run a set of wires from the 20 amp fuse to the center console. Cut off any excess wire. Hook the switch over the hole in the center console; the switch will cover the hole and set cleanly.
Connect the wires with the switch and test the switch repeatedly. Hook the switch over the hole in the center console. Make sure the switch covers the hole and connects cleanly.
- Lubricate the seat rail to reduce stress on the power seat motor.
- Place the switch in a position that is easily accessible but away from any inadvertent activation.
- After the installation is complete, sit on the seat and test the operation. If you notice any abnormal odors or see smoke, immediately turn off the car, disconnect the battery, and check the power seat and its connections.
- Seat rail lengths can vary from vehicle to vehicle, so be sure to measure your vehicle rail before purchasing replacement seats.
- Loose cables can cause sparks and start a fire. Be careful not to leave any loose or poorly insulated wires.
- The fuse box houses all the fuses that the car electronics depend on. Make sure it does not interrupt the operation of another device.
- Working with grease inside the car can leave hard-to-remove stains on the car carpet, so use old newspapers to cover the carpet around the seats.
Articles will need
- Two power seats
- Power wire
- Variable speed drill
- Vacuum cleaner
- 20 amp fuse
- Wire cutters