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Old 02-22-2010, 05:23 AM
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How to fix Durango seat "rocking chair"

How to fix Durango ’98 Gen I, Electric Seat Track (rocking chair effect)
By Alexcklie, Miami, Fl
2/22/2010

We initially removed the upholstery and the bottom cushion during the initial inspection, so we could see better the full assembly. The main advantage is that we can rest the metal frame in a solid surface which makes it easier to work.

You do not have to remove the sliding steel tracks from the assembly
You do not have to remove the cushion and upholstery in order to do this job.

Description:
There is an acme tread long screw (worm gear) between the top and bottom track.
The front of the acme screw rests in a plastic bearing.
There is a gear aluminum case from which a small transmission cable attaches to the front of the worm gear; both ends of the cable have a square shape. The cable is not attached to either end. It just slides in or out of either side.
Inside between the tracks there is an aluminum case that is held in place with 2 torx screws to the track.

The problem:
Inside of the aluminum piece there is an acme thread nut. There suppose to be filler, possible made of rubber, which has been affected by the grease. You will not find pieces of broken plastic; the rubber has become some sort of asphalt with the grease.
Because of the lack of the filler between the acme nut and the interior of the aluminum casing, there is a gap which allows the seat to move back and forward like a rocking chair.

Attached PDF file has pictures

Revision 02/22/2010 information not in the PDF file:
The thickens of the spacer is 7/32

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Old 02-22-2010, 06:58 PM
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Thanks a lot!!!!

Great write-up! I've had this annoying problem for a long time, but haven't had guts to tear down the seat. Thanks again for taking the time to do this. I will have a look at it and hope I can sort it out.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:39 AM
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Your guy's seats have been moving on the sliding track?
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:26 AM
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Not moving, just a minor unwanted "tilt" like your grandpa's recliner chair in front of TV.
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Thank's alot becuase my seat has been doing this and I have always wondered what it was..
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My 2002 Dakota Quad Cab Drivers seat has been "Rocking" for more than a year. Lately it had gotten much worse almost 1/2" of movement with any stop. I would think this would be recall material, but what do I know! I followed the instruction in the above PDF Link for the Durango which worked perfectly!!!! There were some slight differences with the Dakota but none of great significance. I used 7/16" nylon washers, which I bought a Ace Hardware, as shims 2 thin and 1 thick instead of the bolt. I used a belt sander to adjust the thickness of the last shim. Works like a dream! Thanks for the link.
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I did the same as dakotasuss!
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Hello, new member, first post.

Bought my 2001 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 brand new off the car carrier in Oct. 2000. Haven't turned 46,000 miles yet. Has the 4.7 w/auto.

It's been a decent truck over the years. Had its share of problems, including the rocking power seat. Had a shop replace one track a few years ago and now it's beginning to rock, too. Figured my girth was to blame, being nearly 400lbs., but I see it's a problem for lightweights, too.

My question is this: Does anyone know if the manual track is a direct bolt on? I bought this truck for many of the features installed, but the power seat wasn't one of them. I'm 6 foot 6. First time in I put the seat all the way back and down and never had cause to adjust it from there. I can do without the "power". Manual tracks are much cheaper. Not cheaper than fixing the power tracks (I still have the original as well), but a damn sight less future hassle.

If the manual track fits, I can always fix the power tracks at my leisure and reinstall one prior to trading or selling it, so it matches VIN for options. In the meantime, I can ensure my fat ass doesn't test the fix by using a manual track. Unless they are crap, too.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:52 AM
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Hello, new member, first post.

Bought my 2001 Dakota Quad Cab 4x4 brand new off the car carrier in Oct. 2000. Haven't turned 46,000 miles yet. Has the 4.7 w/auto.

It's been a decent truck over the years. Had its share of problems, including the rocking power seat. Had a shop replace one track a few years ago and now it's beginning to rock, too. Figured my girth was to blame, being nearly 400lbs., but I see it's a problem for lightweights, too.

My question is this: Does anyone know if the manual track is a direct bolt on? I bought this truck for many of the features installed, but the power seat wasn't one of them. I'm 6 foot 6. First time in I put the seat all the way back and down and never had cause to adjust it from there. I can do without the "power". Manual tracks are much cheaper. Not cheaper than fixing the power tracks (I still have the original as well), but a damn sight less future hassle.

If the manual track fits, I can always fix the power tracks at my leisure and reinstall one prior to trading or selling it, so it matches VIN for options. In the meantime, I can ensure my fat ass doesn't test the fix by using a manual track. Unless they are crap, too.

Are you asking if you can install the manual seat into an original power seat truck? I don't think the track would be a problem, but maybe the seat and its' associated brackets.
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I'm asking about only swapping tracks, without any modifications. A direct bolt swap. I'd like to keep my current seat, as it's leather.

In other words, I'd remove my seat, separate it from the power track, and bolt a manual track in its place. I'm asking if A. The manual track is a direct bolt on to the seat?, and B. Will the manual track bolt to the same holes in the truck the power track uses?

Thanks for your assistance, btw.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:24 PM
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does anyone know what i have to do to get my passenger seat to lock...it was actually kind of funny at first cuz everytime i would take off whoever was in the passenger seat would unvoluntarily sky rocket backwards but now its starting to get annoying...there just regular manual seats in a 97 dakota...never fails, everytime someone sits in it, it reclines on its own... especially when im out wheeling and hit some deep ruts....just want a heads up (what to look for) before i pull it apart and try n fix it...
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This is a huge help!

My driver seat does this sliding.. but I noticed if I don't adjust my seat for a couple weeks, it goes away. When I adjust it in any sort of way, it becomes loose again.
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Mine has been "rocking" since I got the Durango....I gotta try this when I go on vacation in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the writeup!!
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:59 AM
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Thanks for attaching the PDF with instructions for this, I have had the "rocking chair" issue on my 1998 Dodge Durango SLT+ with power leather seats for a few years now, and was looking into replacing the entire lower electic seat rail system until I read this blog on it. I appreciate the detail you spent writing this up and plan on fixing my seat myself very soon.

Thank you!
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Thanks for the info! Very helpful!
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