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about 6 months ago my aunt left a frozen chicken under my rear seat in the Benz and it defrosted in the 90 % heat for 2 days.
After removing the rear seats and cleaning the carpet at least 5 times and letting it "air out " for several months I gt ready to install
the double rear seat back in .

Then I realized one of the rear seat backs would not unlatch and fold down so I did some checking and found the problem. I will half to get another
latch body numbered T4800899 and install it to complete the fix After the part comes in I will do a video on the repair and post it .

Here are some photo for reference and I hope this will help anyone who has the same problem

These photos are of the rear seat with covers and foam removed

Pardon all of the photos

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Burn the car.

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found out a new lock/latch is only $36 part number is 163-920-09-72
Alex thanks for the offer
 

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Thanks for sharing. In future you need larger font in your photos. (or include magnifying glasses for the readers)
 
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my aunt left a frozen chicken under my rear seat in the Benz and it defrosted in the 90 % heat for 2 days.
Feel your pain bro!

A tenant had her power turned off before moving out, once she was gone I found she had left a frozen turkey in the freezer. Worst smell I ever encountered! One of those oders that gets burnt into you mind, but unlike fresh baked bread.,,,,
 

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Yer my old boss had a freezer in the shed and it got turned off accidentally for 2 weeks. Full of chooks and meat.
We taped it up , put it on a trailer and threw it to the tip. God !!! It was bad!!!
 

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I was lucky the chicken just swelled up and was still inside the sealed plastic wrapper . The way I found it was a hissing noise
of the gas escaping and I thought I had a snake in the back seat . Now I wish it was a snake

For about a month you could smell it bad when you rolled up the windows and turned the AC on.

My cousin thought I had picked up a "wild female" and had a party in the benz !! 🤢

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Wallyo

I was lucky the chicken just swelled up and was still inside the sealed plastic wrapper . The way I found it was a hissing noise
of the gas escaping and I thought I had a snake in the back seat . Now I wish it was a snake

For about a month you could smell it bad when you rolled up the windows and turned the AC on.

My cousin thought I had picked up a "wild female" and had a party in the benz !! 🤢

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If the ml still has that odor go rent an ozonator and run it in the ml. Follow the instructions carefully. You can even get one at a Home Depot rental center.
 

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Guys I had a great laugh over this one !

And, my rear seat latch is goofed up in similar manner I believe.

DS Rear as I recall it lays over but refuses to fold down.
(Been a year since last attempt)

Bottom line my ML can't be made flat behind Front seats as should be.

Carolina is that what your issue is / was ?
 

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Wallyo the smell is long gone ( Thank God )

2000 E 320 White Wagon My seat will lay down but the back of the seat would not release and fold down to meet the bottom half of the seat

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Wallyo the smell is long gone ( Thank God )

2000 E 320 White Wagon My seat will lay down but the back of the seat would not release and fold down to meet the bottom half of the seat

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Ok, understood. I'll check mine & report back.

I did have a great MB Tech look at it closely and he was unable to resolve.

I've heard other complaints about these seats failing to fold or collapse to provide a flat floor.

To this point, I've lived with it; resolution would be appreciated.

Makes me appreciate our w210 wagon: it never fails to go flat & is pretty cavernous after !

Thx - David
 

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My rear seat broke on my 1999 ML430, but I just went to the junkyard, bought an entire new one, and threw out the old one.
 

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My rear seat broke on my 1999 ML430, but I just went to the junkyard, bought an entire new one, and threw out the old one.
Pick a Part here charges like 40.00 for the seat, so yes a more cost effect route.

But I also understand its like small claims court," it is not about the money it's the principle otherwise folks would not sue over 35$.

With the seat it is the satisfaction of solving the problem yourself, and like small claims, even if it is more time consuming then it is worth.

Just an observation that I see both sides.
 

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I would go that route but the nearest pick a part is like 1 1/2 to 2 hours away
 

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can someone tell me what type of glue is used to glue the Velcro strip to the foam section of the seat with out dissolving the foam ?

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In the US give Goop a try. It is used to repair rubber soles of shoes
 

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