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Seat Problems (power seats)

[Saab 900, 9000, 93, 95, 99]

Most issues with BOTH front power seats not functioning can be traced to problems with the control module for the power seats failing (on cars equipped with those modules). It is located under the front seat (depending on the Saab) and can range in price form 400.00 to 900.00 new.

NOTE: Another common issue with seats not going back or forth is coins getting stuck in the seat track causing the seats to get stuck in one position. To correct this problem simply remove the coins and that should free up the seats to be move front to back.

Thanks to Mark Cordova for contributing to this FAQ!

Another weak spot in the Saab 900 power seat mechanism is the wire which connects the seat back to the seat bottom. It runs right beside the tilt latch that locks the seat in the upright position. If this wire gets stuck in the latch, the latch can penetrate the insulation of the wire and it will short and blow the power seat fuse.

NOTE from Customer: There is a relay underneath the drivers seat at the front. It is for both
the front seats and as I was informed by a mechanic has the tendency to just fall out or possibly go bad. Check to see if is under there, mine was just laying there loose. There is also a relay on the passenger seat.

Thanks to Brian Coppedge for contributing to this FAQ!

My Saab 900 SE power passenger seat back would not recline properly. Only one side would go back and the seat back would twist. I removed the seat and found that this model has a motor inside the seat back that turns a gear on one side of the seat. There is a bar that runs from one side of the seat back to the other and each end has a gear on it. This bar had broken teeth on one side and this was causing the seat to twist. I have not been able to find a replacement part. Most sites refer to a cable.

Thanks to James Hands for contributing to this FAQ!

Both power seats failed on my 95 900. After removing the driver seat rails and all (because the seat was stuck in the far foward position) we found a relay had become disconnected and wedged up under the seat and the control unit. The image shows the relay (green) back in its proper location (tucked up under the front edge of the driver's seat). It's in an extremely awkward position that doesn't make it easy to access, even with the seat removed as in the photo. Check that this piece hasn't fallen loose before you dismantle your vehicle. Also, on my model there is two positions the relay could plug into, one set of slots with wiring attached that works, and one set of dummy slots that obviously do nothing (possibly hold a spare relay? I don't know...) It will be hard to see which set of slots is the correct one to use if the seat is still in place.

Pricing for 9000 POWER SEAT SWITCHES & RELATED (seat components)
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