I never looked into the horizontal motion controls, since my issue was the height and recline adjustment, but if it's like the other motors, you could try to just unplug one of the cables and adjust it until looks straight to you.The back of my seat & the vertical height adjustment seam to be fine. However, the forward motion (moving the drivers seat towards the steering wheel) seam to be off. The right side of my lumbar support is closer to the dash then the left side of my lumbar support.
In other words it seams that my right knee when driving is now closer to the dash then my left knee is. Do you fellas understand what I'm saying & can I fix this motor issue with this cable fix... ? I'm assuming not since this type of adjustment (simply moving the seat closer & farther to the dash) requires the seat to move a long the big steel rails the 2 front seat are attached to... :lightbulb:
How hard was it to do & how long did it take you?? Mine just broke today in the fully reclined position. Only the left side of the back seat raises forward & the right side of the seat does not. It's twists the back frame like a mofo... ;-(Used Doc$'s method to repair my seat today. However, since I had good access to the drive cable in question, I was able to complete the repair without removing the seat. Heat gun proved very handy for this job. Thanks again for the DIY post.
Glad you got through it but you didn't have to remove the seat and you didn't need to disconnect the wire from the motor as in the video! All you had to do was find the correct cable and cut out 1 cm or so of the plastic/hard rubber jacket around the wire, level out the seat by pulling out the cable and re-feed the cable to the motor and tape it up. So, yes, it could have taken you 10 minutes.i just did right side of my passenger seat
i used this video
BMW Seat Twist Repair.$0 cost.ACTUAL REPAIR of twisted seat!!! e39,e34 - YouTube
took me 2H , the most difficult part was to remove the seat , this thing is heavy !
My suggestion is to remove the seat from the car , once the seat is out you can do it right and easy on both sides
And NO this job is not 10 min work or you want to redo again and again