I have a 2003 Toyota Camry and in the last week the seat has locked all the way at the back. If I move the switch to move it to the front the seat will move about 1/4" and stop, and it will also move that far to the back. It doesn't make any noise when it stopped, it behaves just as if it had come to the end of the track. I have checked and there are no visible obstructions or damage. Based on the fact that it moves at least a little I believe I can rule out the motor and switch.
I did some research online and I only found two suggestions:
- Hit the rails with a rubber mallet while moving the switch.
- Take it to the dealer for a replacement seat assembly quoted (by the internet, not verified) at more than $1000.
Am I going to do more damage to the vehicle by hitting the rail with a rubber mallet? Is there any other option to try before taking it to the dealer?