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Re: Seat controls dirty, but can't separate switch (archive)

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Posted by Vladimir Vooss on January 16, 2001 at 17:09:11:

In Reply to: Re: Seat controls dirty, but can't separate switch posted by Rocky on January 14, 2001 at 16:21:54:

You'll need two very small flat blade screwdrivers - like jeweler's or something
that small. Jam a little bit of the tip of one between the casing and the plate with the electrical tabs. Leave it there. Now go to the opposite side and jam the other little screwdriver between the opposite seam between the casing and the plate. Work this screwdriver inwards and turn so as to coax the plate out. If the opposite screwdriver is in enough without cracking the casing, then the thing will all but pop out. Memorize the orientation of the plate from the pattern of the tabs to the position of the switch butt up top. A very very small wire brush will be helpful to burnish the brass contacts. Oh, there are springs in there - memorize their location and placement back into the switch when you reverse the above steps.

Good luck,


Actually no, that's not what I was trying to say. I've pulled the control switches out of the center console and hafve them on the workbench. The question is how to get the control units apart to clean the mechanism(s) inside. Any thoughts?

If you mean taking the switches out of the center console, the nyou have to take the console apart and push them out by hand.
If not then I apoligize.
Hope I helped!

I recently removed my power window controls and separated the switch from the housing on my benchtop to clean the guts. No problem, windows work much faster and switches no longer stick.

However, when I attempted the same process for the power seat controls, I discovered that the switches do not come apart like the window controls did. Is there a trick to it? It seems to me that it's a sealed module that can't be cleaned by any other means than dousing them w/contact cleaner, which I did, by the way, with not much success. It helped a little but they're still not as I would like them. Any advice here for a clean freak in Seattle.

Thanks in advance

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