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Old 07-08-2010, 02:13 PM
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Question Power seat switch questions - anybody have one...or two;)?

I picked up an '88 S4 that's in need of various parts here and there. Many aren't absolutely necessary since it's going to mostly be a DE'er, but not being able to control the seat position is a PIA. It's missing the driver's side aft power seat switch (controls the seatback tilt & rear seat lift). I need the entire switch.
The same aft switch on the passenger side is there, but messed up. The buttons don't click in any direction. Either a coincidence that this switch was problematic as well as the d/s, or the PO went after the p/s unit in an attempt to get something in the d/s seat and messed it up in the process.
So my questions:
  • Does anyone have one or two of these switches kicking around?
  • Are the front and back switches interchangeable?
  • Are the d/s and p/s switches interchangeable?
  • What years are compatible w/'88?
  • Is this a serviceable switch (can I take it apart and possibly fix what ails it?)
Of course a nice pair of Recaros or Sparcos would be a nice fix & will eventually replace these, but I need something in the interim. Plus the factory seats are in really nice shape and should have their controls in tact, IMO.
I'm at a bit of a disadvantage in that the car's not here @ my house. I haven't been able to 'visit' it much lately so I'm trying to gather whatever I can for each visit.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:19 PM
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I had the same problem when I bought my 928.

If you have the round 4-way switches, they are interchangeable drivers side and passenger side.

New the switches cost a small fortune (~ 175 euro!), I got a pair of good switches from a 944 seat. I believe the switches are also used in some 911 models.

The switches contain a couple of springs and metal ball's. They are serviceable, but be carefull when taking them apart (so the springs don't fly through the room or your car:-))

On my car, the PO probably also attempted to 'fix' a broken switch, and he lost most of the internals of the switch in the process.

Changing the switch is not difficult if you have some basic soldering skills.

good luck
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:22 PM
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Thanks, rex.
Good luck on Sunday, BTW
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:42 PM
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Hi J.P., I have an extra switch, works fine, PM if interested
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