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xk8: convertible..motors for the headrest sound..motor makes noise

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I recently purchased an 05 xk8 convertible. The motors for the headrest sound like they are jammed. The motor makes noise but neither headrest will go up or down. How do I remove the seat back to get to the motors.

Hello and welcome to Just answer.com, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.

 

There has been a service bulletin for that particular concern. You might want to perform this first. Here is what it states.

 

XK

501-58

DATE: 09/05

MODEL:
2003-06 MY
XK Range

 

VIN:
A11051-A48682

 

Head Restraint Inoperative - Drive Cable Not Fully Engaged In Gearbox - Repair Method

Issue:

On 2003-06 MY XK Range vehicles, within the above VIN range, equipped with motorized head restraints, the head restraint drive cable may not be fully engaged in the gearbox. This condition can restrict upward and downward movement.

Action:

In case of a verified customer complaint, shorten the cable outer sheathing to permit full engagement of the drive cable as outlined below.

REMOVE

 

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1.Reposition the front seat backrest hinge covers (Illustration 1)

 

 

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2.Release the front seat backrest cover rear lower retaining clips (Illustration 2).

 

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3.Remove the front seat backrest support panel (Illustration 3).

 

 

 

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Remove and discard the hog rings securing the front seat backrest cover retaining straps (Illustration 4).

 

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.Release the eight front seat backrest cover internal retaining clips from the seat frame (Illustration 5).

 

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Release the front seat backrest cover sufficiently to allow access to the head restraint motor and drive cable (Illustration 6).

 

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.Disconnect the head restraint motor electrical connector (Illustration 7).

 

 

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8.Remove the two Torx screws securing the head restraint motor to the seat frame (Illustration 8).

 

9.Remove the head restraint motor.

 

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10.Remove the head restraint drive cable and outer sheathing (Illustration 9).

 

11.Cut 12 mm from the middle of the cable outer sheathing.

 

 

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12.Re-join the cable outer sheathing using heat shrink tubing (Illustration 10).

 

Install

13.Install the head restraint drive cable and outer sheathing.

 

14.Install the head restraint motor, install and tighten the Torx screws.

 

15.Connect the head restraint motor electrical connector.

 

16.Manoeuver the front seat backrest into fitted position ensuring the six clips are secured to the seat frame.

 

Note: Hog rings are classed as a consumable and can be sourced locally. If no hog rings are available, use a suitable cable tie.

 

17.Install new 20 mm (3/4 inch) hog rings securing the front seat backrest cover retaining straps.

 

18.Install the front seat backrest support panel.

 

19.Secure the front seat backrest cover rear lower retaining clips.

 

20.Reposition the front seat backrest hinge covers into fitted position.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Thanks for your help.

It is greatly appreciated

Your welcome and come again, anytime, thanks