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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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08 XR driver's power seat back won't recline

The driver's seat back in my 2008 Outlook XR only moves about a 1/4 inch. Being that it does move slightly, I'm quite certain it's not a switch problem. I'm thinking that a reclining adjustment motor has gone bad. All other functions work fine. Anyone have any thoughts on what could be the problem?

I also have a couple questions about this:
1. If it is a motor, is it a serviceable part?
2. How do you take the back panel off of the seat back so I can look at the motors?
3. If I can figure out how to get the back panel off, should I disconnect the battery first, being that I don't know if me fiddling around with the seat back might
set the airbag off?
4. If it is not serviceable, and I have to buy a used seat, how do you determine whether it's a 6 or 8 way power seat? The seat is heated, goes up and down,
back and forth, has lumbar control, it's supposed to recline, and does not have a memory feature.
Thanks for your help!!!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 08:09 PM
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Re: 08 XR driver's power seat back won't recline

Hi usbigred,

We recognize you're looking to make the repairs yourself and we hope a few forum members chime in here soon. If you decide that you'd like a dealership to look into this for you we will gladly have someone reach out to you to further discuss your concerns. If interested, just private message us your VIN and contact information.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 08 XR driver's power seat back won't recline

Thanks, Amber, for your reply, but at the present time, I'm going to try to fix it myself. If it doesn't work out, I'll consider your suggestion.
I was able to remove the rear panel off of the seatback, courtesy of a post on acadiaforum.net. Thanks acadiaforum.net!! I also was able to determine that my seat is option code AH5, which is 8 way power with no memory, on another Saturn website.
The reclining motor, which is located by the left hinge, definitely tries to recline the seat back, but only the right side of the seat back moves about 1/2 inch in either direction. The left side doesn't move at all. It almost seems like the left hinge is locked up.
Anyone have any suggestions?
I'm 6'2" and my wife is 5'2", and the seat back is stuck in the most upright position, so I'm riding shotgun most of the time. Not good.
Thanks.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-27-2014, 01:30 PM
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Re: 08 XR driver's power seat back won't recline

Keep us posted on your progress, usbigred. If you need a copy of the available options on your vehicle I'll gladly send that information over to you.

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