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Old 01-12-2018, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default L300 power seat removal

ok heres my problem.. I have the opportunity to get a complete leather interior for only $40.00 but the jackass took out the drivers seat motor and cut the wiring. I can get that from the upull... but how the heck can I get the seat to move forward? any help is greatly appreciated...

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Old 01-13-2018, 09:44 AM   #2
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Default Re: L300 power seat removal

I also picked up a complete leather interior for my son's L300 and had the same issue. Here's what I did. I bought online (you can also get them in the obscure nuts & bolts section in Lowe's) a 12 volt battery box. It cost me like $3.00. They hold 8 x AA batteries and that gives you 12 volts. The unit I got came with a soldered in plug, but that's no good for what you want to do. I simply attached 2 wires to the output terminals. After that I connected 2 test leads I have which have alligator clips on each end to the ends of the wires.

Once in the JY, I found the wires that give the power to the seat and connected the alligator clips. The 12 v from the battery box is enough to move the seat forward to allow access to the 2 retaining bolts at the back. Once they are out, you simply pull the seat back and it will unclip from the retainers at the front and hey presto you have your seat out. Just make sure that the power lead wiring connector on the seat are still intact.

I know some people use the power batteries from portable tools, but I wasn't going to rush out spend that sort of money when I achieved the same for $3.00.

Here's a link to similar to what I got
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F6LHMR6...a-310031466388

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Old 01-14-2018, 07:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: L300 power seat removal

There's no motor to jump...

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Old 01-14-2018, 08:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: L300 power seat removal

If the motor was pulled then there's no gear connection to the track. Did you try pushing/pulling the seat forward/backwards? If rusty, push/pull harder?

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Old 01-15-2018, 08:54 AM   #5
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There are several motors in the powered seat. Essentially one motor for each action. I think there may be 3 motors as the seat goes 1) Back & Forth, 2) Up & Down, 3) Reclines. Depends which motor(s) he took? If the seat is in good condition, then your only option is to scavenge a motor(s) from other L series seats

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Old 01-15-2018, 09:41 AM   #6
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Default Re: L300 power seat removal

Your situation is a tough one...but doable.

Is the seat high enough so that you can get to the 2 star bolts on each side on the bottom cushion? Once those bolts are removed, you can take off the bottom cushion frame and disconnect the gear from the track. It's a lot of work but possible. Then you can slide the seat forward to get at those back track bolts. I've done this before.

Removal on the console will probably be required as well to get to the star bolts on that side of the seat.

Let us know how it goes and we will provide guidance on replacing the motor and the wiring that was damaged by being cut.

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Old 03-31-2018, 09:21 PM   #7
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Sorry, I've been busier than usual this winter. Didn't see your question til now. I took a couple out. You are better off looking at one that's off so you can see how it's put together. Under the seat there are two screws that hold the seat cushion down to the frame. right behind the front seat base cross member. I removed the screws (there isn't much room) and lifted the seat and then I got a sawsall and cut the drive shaft. I used a small pipe wrench to turn the screw by hand and finally the seat was far front enough to get to the rear screws. It wasn't a piece of cake to do. I just ordered a battery box from E bay, it was under ten $. I'm going to try to see how easy that is for the next one I have to do.

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Old 03-31-2018, 09:34 PM   #8
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Oops, I quess rb6667 and I agree that it's doable. I remember how cut up my hands were from that first attempt. When one is stubborn enough almost anything is possible.

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