As a Range Rover owner and mechanic, I’ve experienced my fair share of issues when it comes to these luxury vehicles. So, when I heard about the problem with Range Rover massage seats not starting, I wasn’t surprised. These cars really do have a reputation for being unreliable.
But don’t worry, I’m here to help. In this article, I’ll go over everything you need to know about why your massage seats might not be starting and the steps you can take to fix the issue. So let’s get started.
What models are affected?
- Land Rover Defender
- Range Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
- Range Rover Vogue
Signs and symptoms
If you’re experiencing a problem with your Range Rover massage seats not starting, you’ll likely notice that the seat switch isn’t working properly.
You might hear a clicking noise when you try to turn on the massage function, but nothing happens. Or, the massage setting might work on one seat and not the other.
List of possible OBD codes
When it comes to the massage function not starting, you won’t necessarily receive an OBD (On-Board Diagnostics) code.
However, there are a few possible codes that could be related:
- U0127- Lost communication with tilt/telescoping steering column control module
- U0155- Lost communication with instrument panel cluster (IPC) control module
- B1B70- Driver seat track position sensor 1 performance
There are a few common causes for a Range Rover massage seat not starting:
- Blown fuse: There are fuses that control the massage function and if one of them blows, the seats won’t work. Check your owner’s manual to find out which fuses specifically control the massage function.
- Dirty switches: Over time, dust and dirt can collect on the cover of the switches and cause them to malfunction. Try removing the cover and cleaning out any debris.
- Worn switches: If the switches have been used a lot, they can eventually wear down and stop functioning correctly. You might need to replace them.
- Loose connections: Sometimes the wires that connect the massage function to the seat switch can come loose or wear down. Check these connections to see if they’re still secure.
- Failed massage motor: If none of the above fixes work, it’s possible that the massage motor itself has failed and will need to be replaced.
Can it be fixed without a mechanic?
Yes, some of these fixes can be done without a mechanic. For example, checking the fuses or cleaning the switches can be done with minimal tools and knowledge.
However, if you’re unsure about any of the fixes or don’t feel comfortable working on your car, it’s best to seek professional help.
Parts you’ll need to fix it
- Replacement fuses (if blown)
- Replacement switches (if worn)
- Replacement massage motor (if failed)
Tools you’ll need to fix it
- Wire stripper
How to fix it
- Start by checking the fuses. Locate the fuse box (usually located in the engine compartment) and use the owner’s manual to find the one controlling the massage function. If it’s blown, replace it with a new one of the same rating and test the seat switch again.
- If the fuses are fine, remove the cover knobs on the seat that is not working properly and clean any debris from the switch inside.
- Check the seat switch connections to make sure they’re secure.
- If the switch is worn and needs to be replaced, you’ll need to remove the seat cover to access it. carefully pry the rubber grommet, which holds the switch in place, and disconnect the wiring harness. Install the new switch and reattach the wiring harness.
- If none of the above fixes work, it’s possible the problem is with the massage motor. To replace it, you’ll need to remove the seat cover, locate the motor, disconnect the wiring harness, and remove it. Install the new motor and reattach the wiring harness.
Potential alternative causes
In rare cases, there may be alternative causes for the massage function not starting, such as a malfunctioning computer or an issue with the battery.
If none of the above fixes work, it’s best to take your car to a professional mechanic for further diagnosis.
How do I know if a fuse is blown?
You can check a fuse by removing it from the fuse box and holding it up to a light source. If the metal filament inside the fuse is broken, it’s blown.
How often should I clean my seat switches?
It’s a good idea to clean your seat switches at least once a year to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating.
Can I still use my car if the massage function isn’t working?
Yes, your car will still function normally even if the massage seats aren’t working.
If you’re experiencing a problem with Range Rover massage seats not starting, it’s likely due to a blown fuse, dirty switch, worn switch, loose connection, or failed massage motor.
With the right tools and a little know-how, you can fix the issue yourself in many cases. If not, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional mechanic.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023