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Bill, I have a 2008 Enclave with both driver and passenger

Customer Question

Bill, I have a 2008 Enclave with both driver and passenger power seats. On passenger side, the seat back is stuck in a complete reclined position and will not return to normal riding position. I can hear the gear clicking but no movement in the seat back. Fore and aft control has no issue.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  Ryan Schott replied 2 months ago.

if you can hear it clicking still then the Front Seat Recliner Actuator Motor assembly has failed, likely sit little drive line piece has failed, GM service these as the seat back frame assembly, if you pull your seat back cover off you can look and see whats clicking but GM won't carry service pieces for it because they don't want them timed wrong. Let me know if you are doing it yourself I can get you some directions.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hey, Ryan, can you send me directions? Thanks...
Expert:  Ryan Schott replied 2 months ago.
  1. Remove the front seat belt anchor finish cover.
  2. Remove the front seat belt anchor plate bolt. Refer to Seat Belt Retractor Pretensioner Replacement - Front.

1

Front Seat Adjuster Bolt Finish Cover

Tip: Use a small flat-bladed tool to release the tab in the rear of the cover.

2

Front Seat Adjuster Bolt Finish Cover

Tip: Pull upward to release the retainer clip securing the cover to the seat adjuster.

3

Front Seat Assembly Bolt (Qty: 2)

Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice.

Tighten

45 Y (33 lb ft)

4

Front Seat Assembly

Procedure

  1. Disable the SIR. Refer to SIR Disabling and Enabling.
  2. Lift the seat upward at the rear of the seat.
  3. Disconnect the electrical connectors, if equipped. If the vehicle was previously repaired, which resulted in connector removal, cut wires at splice. Refer to Lambda Splice Clip Repair for approved wiring procedure.
  4. Slide the seat rearward to disengage the adjuster hooks holding the seat to the floor pan.

    1

    Front Seat Belt Anchor Finish Cover

    2

    Front Seat Adjuster Switch Mounting Plate

    Procedure

  5. Using a non-metallic flat-bladed tool, release the retainer tabs starting at the rear edge and working forward while pulling outward on the mounting plate.
  6. Disconnect the electrical connectors from the switch assemblies.
  7. 3

    Front Seat Outer Recliner Finish Cover Screw (Qty: 3)

    Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice.

    Tighten

    3 Y (27 lb in)

    4

    Front Seat Outer Recliner Finish Cover

    Front Seat Recliner Inner Finish Cover Screw (Qty: 2)

    Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice.

    Tighten

    3 Y (27 lb in)

    2

    Front Seat Recliner Inner Finish Cover (Qty: 2)

    Front Seat Back Cushion Cover

    Procedure

  8. Disengage the j-channel retainers from the seat back cushion frame.
  9. Disengage the lower closeout panel pushpin retainers from the seat back cushion frame.
  10. Remove the lower close out panel.
  11. Disconnect the electrical connectors that attach to the seat back cushion, if equipped.
  12. Remove the inflatable restraint side impact module nuts (2).
  13. Disconnect the airbag electrical harness from the seat cushion frame and note the routing for install.
  14. Remove the seat back cushion cover, pad airbag and harness as an assembly.
  15. Slide the inflatable restraint side impact module out of the chute. Refer to Front Seat Outboard Seat Back Airbag Replacement.
  16. 2

    Front Seat Side Inflatable Restraint Module Nut (Qty: 2)

    Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution.

    Tighten

    5.5 Y (49 lb in)

    3

    Front Seat Back Cushion Pad

    Side Impact Inflatable Restraint Nut (Qty: 2)

    Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice.

    Tighten

    5 Y (44 lb in)

    2

    Inflatable Restraint Module Assembly

    Procedure

  17. Unclip the side impact module wiring harness from under the seat.
  18. Disconnect the electrical connector.
  19. Fully deploy the module before disposal. If the module was replaced under warranty, fully deploy and dispose of the module after the required retention period. Refer to Inflatable Restraint Module Handling and Scrapping.
  20. When replacing the inflatable restraint module, ensure the wire is secured inboard of the recline mechanism by utilizing the seat trim hook.

    Front Seat Lumbar Assembly Bolt (Qty: 4)

    Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice.

    Tighten

    9 Y (80 lb in)

    2

    Front Seat Lumbar Assembly

    Procedure

    Disconnect the electrical connector.

  21. Remove the hog rings in order to pull the cover away from the pad.

    Front Seat Back Cushion Frame Bolt (Qty: 4)

    Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice.

    Tighten

    50 Y (37 lb ft)

    2

    Front Seat Back Cushion Frame

    Procedure

    Transfer components as necessary

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thanks. Can I somehow just move the seat back to a fixed position?
Expert:  Ryan Schott replied 2 months ago.

if you get the rear cover off you may be able to run it by hand you will probably have to do left and right individually so do each a little at a time so it doesn't bind up. I have been able to cinch a drill on the little drive cable at the motor on some but i haven't done it to a recline one but i assume you could.