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Thread: 2002 Town Car Cartier L Power Seat Won't Move Forward & Back

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    Default 2002 Town Car Cartier L Power Seat Won't Move Forward & Back

    New guy here. Just bought a nice 2002 Lincoln Town Car Cartier L. The driver's seat only makes a low clicking noise when holding the seat FORWARD or BACK switch. It will reliably make this noise to the limit of "travel" although the seat itself does not move. I removed both front seats to shampoo the carpet and to see if anything was stuck in the seat track (they are clear).

    This noise sounds somewhat like a power antenna motor that keeps running.

    They are now in my shop, upside down, awaiting troubleshooting. I feel that the driver's seat motor (there are 3, plus 1 other for lumbar) which is dedicated to FORE/AFT movement has a stripped gear inside the long black plastic gear housing?
    Questions:

    1: Is this a common problem (230,000 miles, previous driver was huge)?
    2: Can I buy the entire seat motor/gearbox pack from a Lincoln dealer? Or is there a better aftermarket solution?
    3: Will 2003 and up front seats bolt in? And are the electrical connectors the same? If so I may "upgrade" to the newer seat style. Thanks!

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    Worn out motor. It happens with our fat butts and that "Easy Out" feature that moves the seat back 2 inches when you take the key out and forward 2 inches when you put the key in.
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    Tim is probably right, but my 2000 L someone had put an after market switch in for some reason before I bought it. So mine just moves forward and back not up and down. I am curious about this issue and would like to fix mine, as I am 6"4" and the seat is set for someone under 6' and is very uncomfortable for me.

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    Thank you all for helping me! I am going to dig into the seat (it's on my workbench) and replace the offending part.

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    The offending part? Do you find it to be offensive that it doesn't want to work? That is a very unique way to state it.
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    Next to impossible to fix motors in these things (more expensive than worth). Best bet is to find a working used whole seat and swap away.
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    We had the same problem in our sedan. I took the track from the front pass seat of 1 of the limos and made the manual track fit. No more motor to pay for. Used motors dont last and the dealer will sell you the whole track for about $500. good luck.

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