Originally Posted by DCPorter
This battery placement may be a better environment for the battery, but it sure is not people friendly. I would rather not carry a portable power pack around in order to get that seat forward enough to get the battery out. Insane design.
Why would you ever need a portable power pack to get the old battery out when changing it? Ignoring the idea that the whole point of a portable power pack IS to carry it with you, you wouldn't need to.
For starters, even a battery that is incapable of starting the car may have enough juice to move the seat. The power required to start the engine far exceeds what the seat motor needs to move.
But, let's say the battery is stone dead.
If you're changing the battery, it means one of two things:
A - you got to the store somehow to buy a battery and got back to your Jeep
B - you're at the store where you bought a battery with your Jeep.
If "A", then use jumper cables off the vehicle you drove to get to the store. If "B", most auto parts stores will have a jump pack they'll let you borrow.
If you're at home, you can also plug in to a battery charger. If you don't have a charger at home, I advise buying one. It's a great investment, especially if you keep vehicles for a long time. You could also use the portable power pack you leave at home.
If out somewhere, ask someone to jump your vehicle. Even if the vehicle won't start, their vehicle will provide power to move the seat.
If you're really worried about such things, get AAA. For that matter, for the once in your lifetime you might really be stranded, one tow truck call would not break the bank.
However, let's say your battery dies somewhere in the middle of nowhere near the State Prison, so hitchhiking is out of the question. Flying monkeys have taken out the nearest cell tower, so calling AAA is out, too. You manage to walk several miles to a store that is able to sell you a battery, then huff it back to your Jeep in time to ward off a band of marauding raccoons attempting to steal your Spider rims.
Think about it: you now have a brand new battery. Just connect it up to the remote terminals under the hood, move the seat, then do the swap. If you don't carry jumper cables in your vehicle, now would be a good time to start. They're cheap and take up very little space. As I noted above, a standard set will fit nicely next to the battery in the under seat compartment, yet still allow you to get them out without moving the seat.
Heck, I'd say your worse problem would be actually having some kind of tools to disconnect the terminals and remove the battery from its compartment. If you did a poll, I'd bet far more people carry jumper cables than wrenches.
Now, having said that, it would be nice to have a manual release for the seat that would disengage it from the motors. Not only would it aid in moving the seat when changing the battery, it would let you pop it right back to its original position instead of having it all out of adjustment and needing to fudge it around to find that sweet spot again.