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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, Aug-29-2018, 04:05:15 AM   #1
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Default Broken power seat recline - gear or motor?

Went to adjust the seat on Saturday and there was no movement. The motor makes a noise, and interestingly, the noise changes when you switch directions. Is it safe to assume that if the motor goes, you wouldnít hear anything? If so, the. I would assume a new a new gear. I figure this is common enough that one of you experts have dealt with this before. Appreciate the help!
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Old Wed, Aug-29-2018, 03:07:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: Broken power seat recline - gear or motor?

Gear. I think http://www.odometergears.com/product...s+E36+90-00/26 has the part.
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Default Re: Broken power seat recline - gear or motor?

Actually a pretty easy install, just make sure you order the right gears.
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Default Re: Broken power seat recline - gear or motor?

And it should be doable as DIY without removing the seat.
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Default Re: Broken power seat recline - gear or motor?

Much easier to remove the seat.. IMO.

Youíll do less damage to the rest of the interior by simply removing the seat. .
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Much easier to remove the seat.. IMO.

Youíll do less damage to the rest of the interior by simply removing the seat. .
For me was easier to leave the seat mounted. Can you elaborate what damage can be done by not removing the seat?
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Default Re: Broken power seat recline - gear or motor?

Pull the seat and flip it upside down on your couch (headrest on the ground). You’ll be done in 10 minutes with the right tools. Doing this in the car... no thanks. It is the gear.

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For me was easier to leave the seat mounted. Can you elaborate what damage can be done by not removing the seat?
I donít need to elaborate much. Be a pro, and take the seat out, and do it right.

Why take the seat out ?

Same reason why you should use a protective fender mat.

If your interior is already wheysted. Then you donít need to worry about seat removal.
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To me it was really not a good idea to go extra step of removing the seat when it can be done without having to go that way, it was more convenient and time saving. Raise the seat to the highest position, move it forward, Secure with tape or such to the steering wheel (so it will not recline when gear is removed).
As far as interior mine is like new, just used few newspaper pages to cover the carpet under the seat and that was it.

OP, did you fix this yet?
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Have not fixed or ordered the part yet. I have to do that and replace my driver door lock actuator. It is some random Saturday plan, just TBD as to date. Also have to go get the headliner redone. I have mostly been car shopping to replace my totaled allroad, traveling for work, and trying to close out our sales quarter, so these nit picky things have taken a back seat to other things.

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