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Hi there,

Recently I had to move some bigger stuff and to do so, I unfolded back seats. Now the left back seat does not want to get back to its original position.

I've dismantled the seat folding handle in hope that it's just a problem with over extended/broken connection linkage between the handle and folding mechanism, but the linkage is fine. When I pull the handle and release it, it gets back to its place, so it is connected to something. The problem is that no matter how far I pull it, seat does not get unlocked. Seat basically sits on the floor, so there's no way to access the mechanism from beneath.

Have anyone come across similar problem?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Had this happen the cable under the seat base popped loose. I my case I just reattached it and has been good since. I think in our issue we could not get the seat down.

it was a while ago I can not remember the repair. I think that something had wandered under the seat when we folded it causing the issue,
 

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My cable broke so I had to order the assembly. Then I had to remove two back bolts and while my wife lifted with a 2x4, I was able to manually release it so I could get to two front bolts to remove seat.
 

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I remembered this afternoon what had happened.

I had the seat out was trying to fold it the cable had popped out of the retainer kind like a bike brake I just popped it back.
 

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Pictures, I also have a video that shows the cable moving when you pull the lever if needed:

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Thanks for great feedback everyone :)
I've looked at the right seat to check how the mechanism works and I assume that the left side works accordingly. Guess no video will be needed.
I'll try to reach the mounting bolts somehow, but I have a feeling it will be quite an ordeal to unfold this seat :/
 

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I've found this great DIY. Might be helpful for others with the same problem, who land at this post
 

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I've found this great DIY. Might be helpful for others with the same problem, who land at this post
It's already in the w163 stickies here, post #13 (compliments of @amgdvl )
 

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It took some time and swearing, but seat is finally back in place.
Seems it was destined to fail right from the start. Mount was broken into two parts. No way it would stay in the socket.

Lesson learned: always make sure that folding mechanism isn't broken before you use it ;)
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Sure. I followed the instructions from this DIY.

I've found this great DIY. Might be helpful for others with the same problem, who land at this post
 
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