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Hiya Guys,

I have a Kia Sorento 2006 model. My seat will not go backwards or forwards. Everything else works, reclines and up/down but just won't go forward.

I took it to dealers they say seat adjuster motor is seized. They say I need a new seat base. Cost £925...... Couldn'tbelieveit.

Has anyone else had similar issue or have you managed to fix it.

Thank you for reading, just feel down

Gulam
 

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The forward/backwards motor will not be seized, the wiring which powers the motor can get quite tight and then pull out of the motor. You cant get the motor seperatly but you just remove the motor, solder in a longer peice of red wire (black earth is always OK) and refit, job done.
They should know this, there was a bulletin released a few years back.

The other possibilty is the switch, but if you look under front of seat and find the red wire on the motor and give it a gentle tug it will most likely pull straight out of the motor.
 

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Mr Kia,

Thank you for responding. Should I attempt to do this myself or take it back to Kia dealers to get it done?

Do you know where I can get more information on thebulletinyou mentioned?

Thank you once again
 

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Well its not too difficult, you will need to remove the seat but make sure you disconnect battery first as airbag cable is connected for seatbelt. Remove motor and be carfuel when splitting motor apart, there are bushes in there that will fly out easily so if you loose them you will need a new seat base anyway. Your dealer will have the bulletin if you would rather them do it.
 

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Mr Kia,

I have some good news. My local Kia dealer just called me to say one oftheirtechnicianremembers thebulletinyou talked about.

So I am booked in tomorrow and I hope it will be fixed.

If don't mind me asking why would the motor not seize as theyinitiallysaid?

Are you a Kia mechanic?

I will update you tomorrow when I get the fix.

Orange juice on me sir.

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Its highly unlikely a motor that is not subject to any sort of elements and isnt really used to often would become seized.
Refering to your question about being a mechanic, I would rather not say ;-)
 

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Hi Mr Kia, the mechanic says the wiring is fine, he can see the motor trying to turn, but stuck, its siezed up. he says maybe the motor can be repaired but would need to be taken to a specialist. what do you think? than you
 

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Ive never known one to seize up EVER, it would be best to remove the motor but connect back up andsee if it works then, there could easily be something jamming up the seat rails.
 

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I was just trying to get the details of the Motor. I saw 2 nuts that connect the motor to each side. I took them off and moved the end of motor about. It worked then stopped. I then did it again, and it started to work. But i am afraid it may stop again so left it as it is.

What you described me to do in your last post, I thought the Kia mechanic would do that.

So now itsintermittentlyworking. This was the case before it stopped completely few days ago.

If i take the motor out, do I need to disconnect it from the battery?
 

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You should do really as common practice, but no need. Try just wiggling the red wire as you work the switch and see if that makes a difference also try the gentle tug on the red wire I mentioned before. It may fall off as you wiggle it though!
 

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I was now able to take the seat all the way forward. Should I spray some wd40 on the rail or maybe greece it up more?

Can we say that the motor is ok as if it was a problem it would not work at all?

What can i say about the mechanic at kia? Its not right they not doing the job properly and almost had me spend £925?
 

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Extra grease is never a bad thing, the motor could still be at fault they can partially seize then be ok for a few months then pack up again but from experience It can also be the switch as that is exactly what they do.
Did you happen to give the red wire a gentle tug?

Maybe you should name and shame the dealer in the dealer forum/review section?
 

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Mr Kia, I have tugged the red wire it seems quite firm. Thank God the seat is still moving.
Is there anyway of getting a new motor, because I think there seems to be sticker on the motor? Its hard to get to will put a mirror and get the details.
 

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Unfortunatly the other dealer is correct, you cant get the motor seperate, did they quote you for a whole seat or just the base, as the base you can get seperate.

I would still possibly try a switch, they are about £100 +VAT or maybe even try a second hand one, much cheaper than a seat.
 

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Mr Kia said:
Unfortunatly the other dealer is correct, you cant get the motor seperate, did they quote you for a whole seat or just the base, as the base you can get seperate.

I would still possibly try a switch, they are about £100 +VAT or maybe even try a second hand one, much cheaper than a seat.

They said the seat base for part & labour £925.

That isexactlywhat I was thinking trying a new switch. Where would I look for a second hand switch?

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You could try www.1stchoice.co.uk, you put in your reg number and what part you need and it searches about 300 breakers yards and will e-mail or call you back with prices for those who have them.
 

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Mr Kia,

I would like to thank youpubliclyhere for your awesome kindness andassistance.

I got some faith when you told me it couldn't be the motor.

Had you not replied I would have given up by now and spent the £925. its good to know there are good people like you in this world.

I will give £10 to charity.

Once again thank you so much.
 

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If this motor has brushes it could be a sticking brush or a dirty commutator, just an idea.
 

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don't know too much about the motor. I think Mr kia knows alot more.

If the motor is repairable I would like to get it repaired.
 
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