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Anybody able to help please?

When I pull the release lever on the driver's side rear seat back it unlocks and drops into place. The passenger side lever moves but the seat doesn't release.

Any ideas / assistance would be greatly appreciated Thanks

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  • Raistlin changed the title to Can't unlock rear seat back

If it's anything like my nearside one, the cable in the boot simply doesn't hold position when pulled. It snaps back to the locked position.  So in my case, the workaround is to carry a clothes peg in the boot and clip it over the cable by the pull handle.  So it holds there and I can get into the car and release the seat back. 

It's a bit Heath Robinson but it does work, for me at least.  Hope that helps..!

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48 minutes ago, ee601 said:

If it's anything like my nearside one, the cable in the boot simply doesn't hold position when pulled. It snaps back to the locked position. 

 

Yes, having just checked, that is the situation with mine. I wonder if there is some way of adjusting the cable so it doesn't immediately re-engage.

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Yes, I’ve wondered that. I can’t see anything that’s actually broken on mine compared to the other one, but that would likely be what’s happened.

My issue is a bad back so crouching and twisting to look in there in detail isn’t really on. Hence the clothes peg “fix”

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6 minutes ago, ee601 said:

Yes, I’ve wondered that. I can’t see anything that’s actually broken on mine compared to the other one, but that would likely be what’s happened.

My issue is a bad back so crouching and twisting to look in there in detail isn’t really on. Hence the clothes peg “fix”

LOL. Mine is a displaced hip courtesy of the Falklands war. No chance of gtting into the boot myself 😞

 

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3 hours ago, Raistlin said:

LOL. Mine is a displaced hip courtesy of the Falklands war. No chance of gtting into the boot myself 😞

 

Wow!  Sorry to hear that..  I can’t claim anything so noble, just a lifetime of working in front of computer screens I think! And maybe a couple of motor racing accidents years ago..
 

Still, see if you can get a clothes peg in there… it does work.

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10 hours ago, ee601 said:

Wow!  Sorry to hear that..  I can’t claim anything so noble,

 

Nothing noble 🙂 It was the long term result  of an accident while carrying out maintenance on a Nimrod  aircraft while based on Assension Island.

Anyway, I have a used cable and latch assembly on the way from eBay and a friend who will help fit it 🙂

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Problem solved 🙂

I used a couple of self adhesive anti-scratch felt feet on the plastic cover of the seat back locking latch. This gives just enough tension between the seat back and the bulkhead so that when unlocked it springs forward a millimetre or so, ensuring the lock dos not re-engage and the seat back can be pulled down.

Simple and totally effective 🙂

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15 minutes ago, Raistlin said:

Problem solved 🙂

I used a couple of self adhesive anti-scratch felt feet on the plastic cover of the seat back locking latch. This gives just enough tension between the seat back and the bulkhead so that when unlocked it springs forward a millimetre or so, ensuring the lock dos not re-engage and the seat back can be pulled down.

Simple and totally effective 🙂

Aahh, brilliant! I might try that.. 

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