Can you move an electric car seat manually?

My car’s power seat has been on the fritz the last few weeks, and now it’s stopped working entirely. Is there any way I can adjust my seat manually, or do I have to pay to get it fixed?

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Answer provided by
Hannah Dewitt
Answered on Feb 28, 2022
Good question! You can move an electric car seat manually, though it would still be a good idea to get it repaired by a professional at some point.
Moving the seat manually is more of a temporary fix for when you’re in a pinch, and, depending on how you’re able to adjust, it’s likely more trouble than it’s worth to continue to do it that way. If your car is still under warranty, then you might not even have to pay for any repairs. Insurance can also cover this issue, so let your provider know what’s happening if that is the case.
One way to adjust a power car seat manually is using a winder tool. These usually come with your car upon purchase, and can be used on nearly any seat in any vehicle since they come factory standard.
To use the winder, find the seat’s motor, which will likely be at the back left or back right of the seat. Once you find it, you can use it to move the seat forward by turning the winder to the left and move the seat backward by turning it to the right.
There is another way to adjust the seat manually, but it’s much more time consuming. You will have to take the entire seat out and access its mechanisms that way. This way requires multiple tools, including a drill, pliers, scissors, and protective gear like goggles and an apron. The goal is to expose the long shaft, allowing you to manipulate it yourself and adjust the seat.

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