Date registered: Mar 2011
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Stuck rear seat 1987 300TD
I'm putting this up because the problem-solving was so painful...and I couldn't find anything on the site re: it. VERY rarely, the rear (larger) seat on my 1987 300TD will get stuck halfway down. This is while the bottom part of the seat has not been lifted, is in its normal driving position. The backrest simply folds over (or I fold it over to reach something) and it gets stuck at about 45 degrees...at the perfect angle where you can't see the mechanism or really any moving parts, and can't lift the bottom part of the seat.
After many failed tries, I finally found three bolts where the two seats meet and lock into the frame. (Easier to see when you fold the other one down...) The bolts are pretty tucked away but you can get at them with a socket wrench and an extender. Get all three out and the seats will come out. When I removed the broken one, the folding mechanism clicked and sprung back into place... A little lube on both and I put them back together. Easy job compared to the 4 hours of searching for answers and trying everything else.