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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, 2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics) in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Symptom: Lost all power to drivers seat only. No forward/reverse, tilt or bolster/lumbar. The passenger side works normally. First things ...
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    2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics)

    Symptom:

    Lost all power to drivers seat only. No forward/reverse, tilt or bolster/lumbar. The passenger side works normally.

    First things I checked, obvisously fuse, but alas I have looked in the manual and online, couldn't find location. I did come across a couple of circuit breakers, one under hood and one inside cab, both checked out ok. I then moved my attention to the underside of the drivers seat, what a nightmare. All visable wires looked connected and unscathed.

    Under Dash Circuit Breakers:






    I then decided to look at the Power Seat Module itself, once removed from the lower seat cushion, I found its a sealed unit. I decided to swap out with the passenger to see if the module itself failed. The working passenger side Power Seat Module did not work on the drivers side. I replaced both back to their proper places.




    Moving along, I went to the ole stand by, Google. There were many sites that recommended going to a dealer and having the module updated with new software, umm at the time I did not consider this an option. One site had mentioned to pull the 30 AMP circuit breaker for 30 seconds to reset the modules, that did not work. I continued on, many, many pages into Google, I found a site that someone posted "chaffed wires" at main power connection. Ah ha, so I contorted myself between the rear seat and drivers seat where I found the Main Power Cover, I removed it to find the power wires (no chaffed wires), I wiggled the two harnesses, and tried to move seat, BINGO loose wires at the main connection. I used small zip ties to secure the connectors together.





    Drivers side seat, now is in proper working order, forward/backwards, tilts, and bolster/lumbar

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    Re: 2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics)

    Excellent write up!! Thank you for taking the time and energy to post this! Google can certainly be a friend--yet daunting at the same time .

    Thanks again!!

    Mitch
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    This needs to be in the FAQ section if a admin sees this please make this a sticky

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    Re: 2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics)

    Thanks for the thanks Mitch and your welcome.

    Hope it helps someone out someday.

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    I want to say thanks also, my seat hasn't worked for about a year now and it wasn't so bad for me cause it was stuck in my spot, however, the bad part was that the heated seat didn't work. Took me about 5 min to get it working again, that includes the time it took to read the post! Thanks

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    Re: 2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics)

    Phranke thanks for the thanks.

    I am glad that I was able to help you out.

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    Re: 2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics)

    Thank you very much!
    this is Exactly what was wrong with our truck!
    -Bob

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    Re: 2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics)

    Thanks so much. This fixed my wifes vehicle.
    Thanks for taking the time to post this



    Quote Originally Posted by jnrsesv View Post
    Symptom:


    Lost all power to drivers seat only. No forward/reverse, tilt or bolster/lumbar. The passenger side works normally.

    First things I checked, obvisously fuse, but alas I have looked in the manual and online, couldn't find location. I did come across a couple of circuit breakers, one under hood and one inside cab, both checked out ok. I then moved my attention to the underside of the drivers seat, what a nightmare. All visable wires looked connected and unscathed.

    Under Dash Circuit Breakers:






    I then decided to look at the Power Seat Module itself, once removed from the lower seat cushion, I found its a sealed unit. I decided to swap out with the passenger to see if the module itself failed. The working passenger side Power Seat Module did not work on the drivers side. I replaced both back to their proper places.




    Moving along, I went to the ole stand by, Google. There were many sites that recommended going to a dealer and having the module updated with new software, umm at the time I did not consider this an option. One site had mentioned to pull the 30 AMP circuit breaker for 30 seconds to reset the modules, that did not work. I continued on, many, many pages into Google, I found a site that someone posted "chaffed wires" at main power connection. Ah ha, so I contorted myself between the rear seat and drivers seat where I found the Main Power Cover, I removed it to find the power wires (no chaffed wires), I wiggled the two harnesses, and tried to move seat, BINGO loose wires at the main connection. I used small zip ties to secure the connectors together.





    Drivers side seat, now is in proper working order, forward/backwards, tilts, and bolster/lumbar

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    Re: 2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics)

    This solved my Front Driver's seat issue ,,, Huge Thanx !!


    Quote Originally Posted by jnrsesv View Post
    Symptom:

    Lost all power to drivers seat only. No forward/reverse, tilt or bolster/lumbar. The passenger side works normally.

    First things I checked, obvisously fuse, but alas I have looked in the manual and online, couldn't find location. I did come across a couple of circuit breakers, one under hood and one inside cab, both checked out ok. I then moved my attention to the underside of the drivers seat, what a nightmare. All visable wires looked connected and unscathed.

    Under Dash Circuit Breakers:






    I then decided to look at the Power Seat Module itself, once removed from the lower seat cushion, I found its a sealed unit. I decided to swap out with the passenger to see if the module itself failed. The working passenger side Power Seat Module did not work on the drivers side. I replaced both back to their proper places.




    Moving along, I went to the ole stand by, Google. There were many sites that recommended going to a dealer and having the module updated with new software, umm at the time I did not consider this an option. One site had mentioned to pull the 30 AMP circuit breaker for 30 seconds to reset the modules, that did not work. I continued on, many, many pages into Google, I found a site that someone posted "chaffed wires" at main power connection. Ah ha, so I contorted myself between the rear seat and drivers seat where I found the Main Power Cover, I removed it to find the power wires (no chaffed wires), I wiggled the two harnesses, and tried to move seat, BINGO loose wires at the main connection. I used small zip ties to secure the connectors together.





    Drivers side seat, now is in proper working order, forward/backwards, tilts, and bolster/lumbar

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    Re: 2005 Escalade (ESV) Power Seat Non Functioning (Free Fix W/Pics)

    Hello friends, I have a 2006 Escalade and the forward/backward on the drivers front seat stopped working but everything else still works which includes tilt, bolster/lumbar/heated seats.
    I'm thinking maybe just the forward/backward motor burned up? please help thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumboy
    Hello friends, I have a 2006 Escalade and the forward/backward on the drivers front seat stopped working but everything else still works which includes tilt, bolster/lumbar/heated seats. I'm thinking maybe just the forward/backward motor burned up? please help thank you.
    Pull the harness for the motor and carefully apply 12 volts to the terminals (there is two plugs one for the motor and one for the position sensor)
    Either way the whole seat track has to be replaced

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