Examine the track as another person tries to move the seat forward and
back. See if you can locate the noise and see if it is engaging all the
way in the track. Id get to the bottom of this problem asap because if
you get in a crash, it just might throw you forward if the seat is not
secured in the track properly. If its still under warranty, id take it
Somewhat common to the C5 seat, it started with my '98 at about 40K. Not a
big thing but just a little annoying. It can come with less miles depending
on how you enter and exit and if you use the memory function. It's actually
wear of a plastic bushing/part and nothing more.
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Isn't there a recall for that?
Thought I read about one.
Tip -- don't ride the seat when it's in motion. The driver's seat in
Mama's car (looks like the same tracks & motors as in the C5) developed
the same wear, then jammed. $ 521 at the dealer -- not a warranty item.
New household rule -- wait for the seat to stop before leaping into
the car. (Whoops, poor choice of words, mama doesn't leap, she enters
OK, I missed something here. You shut off your Corvette with the memory
option and open the door. The seat now moves to a position you have chosen
to allow for an easier exit and reverses that action when you enter. In view
of that action I don't see how you can't be riding the seat when it is in
motion. Without the memory you adjust the seat from the outside?
In other words you get into the Corvette and the seat is set for another
driver and it needs to be moved. You are driving your Corvette and become
uncomfortable and change its position. I guess I'm disagreeing with your tip
as being of any value. Especially if it's cold, rainy, windy, in a scary
location, and/or they don't want to mess up their hair. Myself I guess I
live a shelter life, the memory function of my seat is disabled and never
touched unless either of the above happens.
Egad, you young whipper-snapper, you must be in a testy mood today!
Same here, horrid WX. OAT is 82deg, RH at 20% and the breeze variable
1-3 Kt. Fires in Mexico have poluted the air and my eyes are burning!
(Your terms, "cold, rainy & windy" aren't understood.)
Sorry that I wasn't clearer. Intent wasn't to call for not moving the
seat with someone in it. I buy six and twelve-way seats to take the
pain out of a long drive. My tip was just to not ride between the fore
and aft limits several times each day.
After the seat repair, the service manager suggested reprogramming so
that the seat didn't traverse to EXIT each time the engine was shut
down. If the car is garaged, we reach through the window and make the
driver choice, waiting for a few seconds while the seat repositions
before opening the door. In the wide open spaces, we hit the fob far
enough away so that the seat has time to cease movement before the door
is opened. (Scary -- I don't have a solution for that. Just live with
the world as being a "sharp and abrasive part of the Universe!") While
this workaround (for a rather poor seat track design) takes some
deliberate thought and a few seconds, it seems to be paying off in the
long run. The first track failure occurred in only 18 months. Nearly
two years of experience with the "revised" procedure and DIC programming
hasn't resulted in any seat "wiggle."
The seat memory isn't needed on the C5 since my driving position is
within an RCH of the full aft seat travel.
Don't know whether there's any truth in the story but I was told that
the seat components were designed by SAAB. Perhaps they had the lithe
Swede body in mind and didn't allow for the heavier American seat rider.
One other factor may be that the whole driver's seat assembly in the
Buick is much heavier than the seat in the C5.
That must be why the automatic seats on all three of my GM vehicles are a
1999 Vette, 2000 Vette, 2005 Escalade. All have "issues" with the seat
adjustment. The most common problem is the tilt of the base of the seat.
Makes me feel like I'm getting ready to slide down towards the pedals.. The
Caddy dealer couldn't duplicate the problem last week. (lol) I'll have to
show the service manager how the seats are supposed to work..
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