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I have a 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer. Third row driver side seat will not lift seat up. motor turns, but no power transmitted to the drive. I see that there is a treaded drive bar there. It is not turning. Can I fix this myself? Or do I have to buy a whole new mechanism? This problem seems to be widespread on some of models.

Mechanic's Assistant: Is the power loss consistent, or does it fluctuate?

The motor turns consistently. It acts like a gear motor whose teeth have been stripped.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Explorer yourself? What have you tried so far?

I have not tried anything yet. Just discovered it.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

No. I think I am capable or repairing it. Any tips would be helpful

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Ford
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Ford Mechanic: Gabriel Grey, Auto Service Technician replied 11 months ago
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Good evening, my name is ***** ***** I would be happy to assist you.

So from what you have described it sounds like the seat motor drive splines have stripped out and are not grabbing while the motor turns the shaft. I have seen this happen quite often, and unfortunately most manufacturers make it as a complete assembly, and it has to be replaced with the frame. You should be able to find an aftermarket assembly online for a decent price.

As for repairing it, you should be able to do it by yourself, you will need a few basic tools (bit driver set, sockets, cutters/pliers) as well as patience. The seats in the 2006 models are still not too difficult to disassemble, I had to take about the seat in a 2017 Escalade this week and that was a headache haha.

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