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S3 electric seat problems

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by spartan rules, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. spartan rules

    spartan rules 1st time owner of Audi S3 :)

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    Hi

    I have an Audi S3 2001 and have a problem with the electric seats. They work in all positions except for both seats dont go up.

    I have checked all the fuses. Can anyway give me any suggestions on this as to what might be stopping both seats going up.

    Thanks for any help

    RB :blackrs4:
     
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  3. eagle_s3

    eagle_s3 Member

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    If your lucky, then it could be the same issue as I had.

    The up and down movement is stopped by two mircoswitches underneath the seat, if either of these get stuck in then the seat will only move in one direction e.g.

    If the mircoswitch which stop the seat in the up position gets stuck in when you raise the seat to its max, then when you lower it again the switch stay in and won't allow you to adjust the seat up, and visa versa.

    You'll have to remove the seat or at least unbolt the front and get a look underneath.

    There are two bolts at the front of the seat underneath a black plastic trim (if you can get the trim off without breaking the clips you're a better man than me). Undo the bolts, move the seat back in it's runners and then tilt it towards the rear seats.

    The mircoswitches can be found on the seat frame, I think i've got a PDF of a manual that'll give you pictures , etc. There not to hard to find thought.

    In some other cases these switches can also drop out of position, I had to glue on of mine back on.

    Hope this helps.

    Oh and if you do end up removing the seat from the car, don't turn on the ignition and some people also say to disconnect the battery.
     
  4. alijames

    alijames Active Member

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    eagle_s3 Member

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    Thanks,

    I thought i had that saved on my computer but couldn't find it when I went looking.
     
  6. Dennis Moeller

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    Don't remember that you had to strip down anything? Just take the seat out like eagle_s3 said and you'll get to the switch. Been there and it's really the worlds smallest switch :ohmy: Hard to see really. Mine had the rubber sealing stuck so that the switch itself couldn't move freely up and down...

    Easy fix though...
     
  7. alijames

    alijames Active Member

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    It's been a year since I removed my seats... :meeting:
    IIRC, I had to remove the outer panel with the adjustment switches on to get at one limit switch though...

    Cheers,

    Alistair
     
  8. spartan rules

    spartan rules 1st time owner of Audi S3 :)

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    Thanks guys for your feedback. I suppose ill have to take the seats out then. Shame it wasnt something easy to do. Always the way. :)
     
  9. spencer-s3

    spencer-s3 2nd gear

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    boys do you still have the pdf file on how to remove the seats and strip down to get at the microswitches ? ive got the same probs
     
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  11. Duktor

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    Spencer could u take loadsa pics when you do it m8 and post results ,and also look and see if there is any non connected electrics coming out of the seats as im sure all us with cold bums in this weather want to know if the heater elements are in there but not connected ?

    noticed the above link dosent work try this for the pdfs on the interior

    Homepage - Ewan MacNee click on the downloads section has links to 3 seperate files
     
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  12. alijames

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    spencer-s3 2nd gear

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    great thanks boys :yum: ill have scan threw these files see what i can find, Duktor im sure the heated seats are the wires with the green pug or so ive read, but mine does'nt have heated seats.
     
  14. Pankus101

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    Hi folks - I'm having the same issues. Tried taking the seat out just now, but was wondering if I can just simply disconnect the red and yellow connectors und the seat or I really do need some special connector as indicated in the manual?

    any more pics would be super helpful as the manual is very basic for a noob like me. Thank you!
     
  15. jcs356

    jcs356 Brum brum

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    Just disconnect the battery before you take the seat out.
     
  16. mattsoton

    mattsoton New Member

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    Hi guys I have the very same problem the seat will not go up. I have had the seat out and had a look at the board but cannot see any obvious problems with this. Is the micro switch on the board or placed in a different area on the seat? I had a look through the PDF's on Homepage - Ewan MacNee but cannot see anything pointing to the seat switches or micro switches. Also when I push the seat height up nothing happens but when I push it down all my clock and heater lights dim.

    Thanks in advance

    Matt
     
  17. daz-20vt

    daz-20vt Well-Known Member

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    which seat is it?
     
  18. mattsoton

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    It is the drivers seas sorry forgot to add that in.

    Thanks
     
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    daz-20vt Well-Known Member

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    ok put the passanger seat up max and down max to tell if the drivers seat is up max or down max

    basically there are 2 micro switchs that are attached to the frame and they can jam on

    when i did mine i literally just touched the lever and it was fine from then on
    just a tad stuck
     
  20. mattsoton

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    The drivers seat is stuck in the max down position. where about's on the frame are these switches? will i need the seat out again to get to them?

    Thanks
     
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    ....Is that right that all seats have heated seat element wired into them? If so, is this a retrofit without the need to buy 'heated seats'?
     
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    Nope. Mine dont have the heat pads or wiring. Is there a way to get the plastic back off off the recaros? The lumbar support doesnt work on the drivers seat. Can hear the motor working tho
     
  24. daz-20vt

    daz-20vt Well-Known Member

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    i did a little write up in here for this issue

    have a read and if anything is unclear shout me

    if memory serves me correct its front left of seat.
     
  25. mattsoton

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    I had a look through but couldn't find your write up Daz. Could you point me in the right direction please.

    Thanks
     
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    daz-20vt Well-Known Member

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    daz-20vt Well-Known Member

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    what a tit i am
    i forgot to add the link hahahaha

    :keule:
     

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