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?
Answer provided by
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.
Here to save on car and home insurance? Great, you do that. We’ll do everything else.
Sign up in under a minute.
No need to fill out forms or shop around. Sign up in 45 seconds to start saving. Jerry does the rest.
Jerry collects and analyzes your current coverage.
Say hello to Jerry, your new insurance agent. We’ll contact your insurance company, review your current plan, then find the coverage that fits your needs and saves you money.
Get the best options before your renewal.
Jerry does all the picky, busy work by comparing prices and coverage from more than 50+ insurance companies. We compare what we find to your current policy and offer you the three best options before every renewal.
Browse More Content
What others are asking
What happens if you accidentally put regular gas in a BMW?
I’m borrowing my brother’s BMW while my Toyota is in the shop for the next couple of days and I accidentally put regular gas in the car. I thought BMWs used some premium gas or something. What happens if you accidentally put regular gas in a BMW?
Feb 24, 2022
How often should I get my car detailed?
I’ve heard of some people getting their car detailed every two or three months and others say once a year. How often should I be getting my car detailed?
Oct 25, 2021
Where do I find my car insurance policy number?
I need to re-evaluate my car insurance policy after I noticed my rates increasing this month. Where can I find my car insurance policy number so I can compare it to other policies?
Nov 09, 2021