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Old 11-17-2010, 01:54 PM
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Help...Driver's Seat Loose, But Seat Bolts Tight? (02 JGC Lmtd)

Does anyone else notice a little movement in their driver's seat when starting or stopping at a light. I already confirmed all my seat bolts are tight.

I was told it was probably an issue with power seat gears/mechanisms. It's been driving me crazy for years and I would like to finally fix it if I can figure out what to look for and how to access it.

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Re: Help...Driver's Seat Loose, But Seat Bolts Tight? (02 JGC Lmtd)

I've noticed the same thing. My seat motor just broke so they're going to replace the entire seat (including track) so I'll see if that fixes it.

Does it make kind of a click sound when coming to a stop because that's what mine does.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:55 AM
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Re: Help...Driver's Seat Loose, But Seat Bolts Tight? (02 JGC Lmtd)

My seat used to do that, one of the welds broke(the seat frame is pretty cheap metal) on one of the pins that tilts the front of the seat up and down. It would probably be worth unbolting the seat and tipping it over and inspecting the frame. Mine started out with a little movement, and then eventually broke and the seat would tilt backwards when you accelerated if you didn't constantly keep pushing the pin back in. Got it welded back up and it has been good so far for like 3 years.

I don't have any pictures of where it broke, but it was in the front, almost right behind the panel with the controls.
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Re: Help...Driver's Seat Loose, But Seat Bolts Tight? (02 JGC Lmtd)

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I've noticed the same thing. My seat motor just broke so they're going to replace the entire seat (including track) so I'll see if that fixes it.

Does it make kind of a click sound when coming to a stop because that's what mine does.
The noise mine makes is pretty subtle, but I guess a click would be a good way to describe it. However, I usually only feel the movement and hear that "click" when I am starting off (like from a light).
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Re: Help...Driver's Seat Loose, But Seat Bolts Tight? (02 JGC Lmtd)

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My seat used to do that, one of the welds broke(the seat frame is pretty cheap metal) on one of the pins that tilts the front of the seat up and down. It would probably be worth unbolting the seat and tipping it over and inspecting the frame. Mine started out with a little movement, and then eventually broke and the seat would tilt backwards when you accelerated if you didn't constantly keep pushing the pin back in. Got it welded back up and it has been good so far for like 3 years.

I don't have any pictures of where it broke, but it was in the front, almost right behind the panel with the controls.
That is some good info--thanks! I look forward to inspecting frame and maybe I will find something. If so, my body shop guy just told me last night that he can weld anything.
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Re: Help...Driver's Seat Loose, But Seat Bolts Tight? (02 JGC Lmtd)

This same problem happened to me. That is my Jeep project for the day. I plan on posting some pics later today of what i did.
This is my wife's daily driver and she is short. So she has to sit really close to the steering wheel. She was using the auto exit function on the seat, where the seat moves all the way back when the key is removed. I drove her car one day and i noticed the seat was loose. Looked under the seat and i was able to remove part of the frame with my fingers. Did a quick fix that would last a week or two until i had a chance to remove the seats and do a more permanent fix. Good luck with your fix.
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Re: Help...Driver's Seat Loose, But Seat Bolts Tight? (02 JGC Lmtd)

Items used:
7/16 Threaded Rod, Grade 5 (3 ft long, cut to fit)
Washers, Lock-washers, and 7/16 Grade 7 Nuts


This is the temporary fix. It was nice and tight until this past week or so. I had to use some tin foil to make sure it was tight.


This is the part on the seat frame that broke.


Another shot of the broken seat frame. The seat frame had wiggled out whenever I had accelerated or braked.


Another shot of the broken frame.


A shot of the frame with out the broken piece of the frame. It was a really bad wobble when it was totally out.

All that I had to do was to remove the seat from the vehicle and feed the rod through on side. Mark out with a felt pen how much to cut off. Use the new piece and thread through again. Use the washer, lock-washer, and nut on both sides and tighten. I didn't tighten down so there was pinching, but just enough so that it wouldn't come loose when driving around.


Close up of the threaded rod with washer, lock-washer, and nut.


Finished shot.

I did this to both the driver and passenger side. The driver side was the only one broken, but I figured if it happened to one side then it could happen to the other side as well. I thought some welding might be needed, but when I looked more closely I noticed that a piece of plastic was covering the frame. So I wasn't able to do any welding.

Hope that this helps you with your problem. I know that it helped with mine. Good luck.
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