Date registered: May 2012
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E Class Estate Rear Seat will not fold down
The car is a 1997 model which has the 1/3, 2/3 split rear seat. It would appear that the lever on the top of the right hand rear seat (1/3), which allows the seat to be lowered, has broken or the link has become disengaged. The 2/3 section lever works fine but, since the spring loaded boot cover and dog guard are attached to this section, this section also cannot be lowered because the boot cover housing cannot move past the faulty seat back.
( Incidentally a brilliant piece of Mercedes engineering when they build a right hand drive model but do not have the sense to have the 1/3 seat behind the passenger seat instead of where they have put it behind the drivers seat)
I can see no obvious way of getting at the linkage from either the rear or from the front of the seat back - nor can I see how to detach the boot cover housing.
At the moment I can only use half my carrying capacity - has anyone any idea how to access the linkage before I get a crowbar to it?