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Old 03-07-2005, 11:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We were on a road trip stopped at rest area, got back into car and smelled burning smell from passenger seat - the car was turned off. I quickly pulled the fuses to the seat heaters and the movement-position control. I also unplugged about 3 different electrical connections under the seat. The motor which is furthest to the front which I believe tilts the back rest forward and back was extremely hot. The motor finally cooled down and the smell went away.

There is a possiblity that a water bottle that was laying on the side of the seat could have pushed onto a control button and kept it operating until the motor got so hot it burned up?? Does that sound plausible?

The car is about 4 months out of warranttee.

Later I put the fuses back in, reconnected the wires, and no operation of the back rest at all (dead).

Any advice is appreciated.
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