Discontinued Underseat Switch?

Big Jack

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1998 Continental Driver Seat. There is a switch mounted underneath the seat that apparently controls the auto positioning. The switch locked up and broke causing the seat to advance fully forward. Dealer said switch discontinued. Junkyards sales only complete seats. Removed switch and seat advances and retracts manually only, no auto-positioning. Any help?
 

Brian J. Patterson

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1998 Continental Driver Seat. There is a switch mounted underneath the seat that apparently controls the auto positioning. The switch locked up and broke causing the seat to advance fully forward. Dealer said switch discontinued. Junkyards sales only complete seats. Removed switch and seat advances and retracts manually only, no auto-positioning. Any help?
Hi, Big Jack.

I'm guessing that you have a 1998 Lincoln Town Car (big rear wheel drive.) However, the 1998 Continental (smaller front wheel drive) appears to use the same sensor if equipped with memory seats.

The part number is F5OZ-14C718-AA, and the "typical parts catalog name" is "control sensor, seat track memory sensor."

The part is discontinued, and neither Tasca or Ford Parts Giant have them available through their web sites.

One parts seller on eBay lists the part for $27.96. Search the part number on eBay to find the listing.

There are multiple parts vendors that specialize in either New Old Stock (NOS) parts, or that remove individual sensors, modules, etc and sell them without making you buy a whole seat track or whole seat.

Also, check junk yards other than the ones you've checked in your area so far. In some cases, they will sell just the sensor or just the module if asked politely. In other cases, particularly for a "u pick n pull" yard, you just remove the control sensor without messing up other stuff on the donor car, show them the module, and pay them.

Good luck.
 

Big Jack

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Hi, Big Jack.

I'm guessing that you have a 1998 Lincoln Town Car (big rear wheel drive.) However, the 1998 Continental (smaller front wheel drive) appears to use the same sensor if equipped with memory seats.

The part number is F5OZ-14C718-AA, and the "typical parts catalog name" is "control sensor, seat track memory sensor."

The part is discontinued, and neither Tasca or Ford Parts Giant have them available through their web sites.

One parts seller on eBay lists the part for $27.96. Search the part number on eBay to find the listing.

There are multiple parts vendors that specialize in either New Old Stock (NOS) parts, or that remove individual sensors, modules, etc and sell them without making you buy a whole seat track or whole seat.

Also, check junk yards other than the ones you've checked in your area so far. In some cases, they will sell just the sensor or just the module if asked politely. In other cases, particularly for a "u pick n pull" yard, you just remove the control sensor without messing up other stuff on the donor car, show them the module, and pay them.

Good luck.
Thank you so much for this information. It is very helpful and you have been, also. Thanks - Big Jack
 
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