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The drivers seat won't move forward or back but I can hear

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The drivers seat won't move forward or back but I can hear the motor trying
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Customer: The seatback will tilt up and down. But like I said the seat won't move forward or back but the seat motor is running. I can see the long threaded shafts but they are not turning
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Customer: If it's not too difficult
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If the motor is making noise but the seat will not move then the problem is either the motor itself, a mechanical failure of the seat adjuster or something foreign blocking seat movement. I expect you've inspected under the seat and ensured nothing is blocking movement.

What year and model is the vehicle?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's a 2006 Mazda 6 and yeah I don't see anything blocking the seat. There is s long threaded rod on each side of the seat and neither seems to be engaging. I can turn each side a little bit by hand, but not enough to actually move the seat either forward or back. I'm not 100% sure if the reclining feature uses the same motor but it sounds like it is and it does recline if that helps.Thanks,
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

If you do hear noise from the motor then odds are power and ground are ok but it would be best to load test the power and ground at least with an incandescent test light, a headlamp bulb would be preferred. If the bulb lights as brightly as if connected to the battery then power and ground are ok. If ok then the seat adjuster assembly would need to be replaced if there isn't anything foreign blocking seat movement.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't need a call from you right now. I'll do a little more research, and maybe get back with you.But thanks for now
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Let me know if you need any more help!