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2005 Honda Accord EX 4 Cyl 2.40L

Body & Interior

Trying to fix a broken Recline Motor, L Height Geared

I am trying to replace a broken Motor, L. Geared (Height). I have a 2005 Honda Accord EX (4 Door). The part # is 81603 SDA A41. The recline button does not move the seat. The up/down button and back/forward button both work. I went to a salvage yard and I thought I was getting just the motor but they gave me the whole frame from the bottom of the seat. This works a little better so I can see what needs to be removed on my existing seat. I have removed two bolts that are actually on a brace of some sort. The issue I am having is with the front part of the motor. What is the correct way to remove this replacement motor from its current housing unit. I can't tell if I need to unscrew the bolt in the back and slide the unit off or somehow remove the unit from the front. On the front it looks like there is a pin but I can't figure out how to remove it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Jimm 7/28/2018

There are a number lot of small metal clips to remove - called hog rings. Its better to have the Factory service manual and go from there.
The procedure is to remove the seat assembly and all the electrical connectors and vehicle harness under the seat and then remove the seat back - held on with two white clips.

Since you have salvage a motor, check the resistance: should read 1.8 to 2.1 ohms cold, all that is necessary is pull off the end cap with the brushes, the stator housing with the permanent magnets, and the rotor, swapping the good end cap assembly with the bad one.
If the gears and screw drives are all intact and working, that saves a heck of lot of difficult disassembly and reassembly work that would involve pressing out roll pins and knurled pins in tight quarters, then pressing them back in.


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