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2023 Toyota Tundra Troubleshooting: How to Combat Seat Motor Glitches for a Hassle-Free Ride

After a brief period of subtle media coverage, more owners have taken to the forums to express new problems on their beloved 2023 Toyota Tundra. Will this carry on to 2024?


Over the past year, we have covered stories of owners who came forward to mainstream media and shared the problems they were having with their new 2022 Toyota Tundra. To recap, the first batch of 2022 Toyota Tundras came out with a lot of them flawed with a wastegate issue. Then owners started to see their doors leak, their seats crack, and their suspension froze up. We don’t want to blow something out of proportion but it wasn’t just a few people, a lot of people took to the main forums.

Towards the end of the year, we started to see fewer and less problems come forward. Now we hear of a new problem coming off the 2023 Model year Toyota Tundra. One would think that Toyota would really take a look at the failures of the 2022 Tundra and use that to perfect the 2023 Tundra, right? We saw this with early 3rd generation Toyota Prius’ and Corolla. The 2012 Prius was recalled due to the floor mats slipping and hitting the accelerator.

The problem first surfaced the internet on Facebook by Andy Haugen who wrote, “I have a 2023 Tundra Capstone trim. It has a forward knee support extender electronically controlled by a switch on the driver’s seat. It worked the first day I paid for the truck. This was in November. Last week I tried it again and all it did was make a click sound whether trying to extend or retract. I tried moving the seat in all directions to get it to work. I even got out of truck to see if my weight had a play in this issue. I took it in to the dealer and an hour later it was fixed. The tech hooked up a computer to reprogram it.”

2023 Toyota Tundra Still Haunts Owners with Glitchy Seat Motor. What You Can Do to Fix It

I thought that just a few other people would say they had the same problem but just under that post, 3 other people said they had the same thing. Granted the group in question doesn’t have a lot of members with a 2023 model year Tundra. I also went into other, bigger forums and sure enough a lot of 2023 owners said the same thing. If you have this problem, what should you do?

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Let’s say you don’t want to take it to the dealership. Let’s say you voided your warranty for some reason so they’ll charge you to fix the seat. In that case, you should do what Troy Sauer did. He wrote, “people typically say if they just wiggle the connections a little bit that takes care of it.” His Tundra didn’t have that problem however he posted a DIY solution. Of course, if your 2023 Toyota Tundra is indeed under warranty, let the dealer take the headache.

Personally, I still like the truck. Never in the history of automobiles have we seen a car that’s never had problems off the assembly line. Remember, the perfect car doesn’t exist. Frankly, you can expect more and more problems to come off these high-tech cars in the future. 40 years ago, people never had a problem with their “knee rest freezing up” because everything was manual. I’m all for making cars more tech-heavy and making it easier and efficient for the driver but these technologies really need to be tested and tested again to make sure simple things like a seat adjuster doesn’t just fail on a $80k truck.

What do you think? Do you have any problems with your 2023 Toyota Tundra? Let us know in the comments below.

Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun and on YouTube at Toyota Time for daily Toyota news.


Connie L Nicholas (not verified)    February 28, 2023 - 12:28AM

2023 toyota tundra bought new have 5000 miles but so far 6 time this truck would not move. Stoped went to drive off would not move had to put truck in park than back in drive to move. Went to store left truck in park, came to reverse truck would no move had to put it in park than reverse to backup.

colin gamblin (not verified)    August 17, 2023 - 7:58PM

In reply to by Connie L Nicholas (not verified)

Bought a 2023 capstone,side cover on drivers seat broke off.Went to dealer,they replaced.Two weeks later broke again.They said owner error,the way I get in and out of seat caused breakage.Imagine,$84,000.00 high end Toyota and they tell you that !
I researched,Tundras from 2007 to 2021 have steel brackett on cover that bolts to seat.
My new 2023 Tundra has two plastic clips ! Have a claim filed with Toyota.Seats are not going to work if you a heavey dude like me. May have to go back to Ford.Never had a problem sitting in thier seats.