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Old 03-01-2005, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 2dr 323is. Manual seats.

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Allright, I was speeding this morning for about 7 seconds and got pulled over by an unmarked. (I wasn't looking for what kind of car was in the far right lane [1 way, 4 lane street, normally I don't do this so bad but I was in bumper to bumper traffic for 30 minutes and this stretch of street is always empty]) He asked to search my car and I was like "sure" because this guy really could take me in to jail if I didn't appease him. I had school to go to, ya know. He let me go because he obviously didn't have sh!t on me so he didn't give me ticket\warning\take me to jail other than his word: "yah he was speeding." (that's still enough but it's harder to convict in court)
Well, when he was searching my car, my seat has a minor tendancy to get a bit stuck when you roll it back all the way but I can just sort of manhandle it and it pops loose again and works totally normal. Well, the cop was apparently dieing to find something bad in my car and he slammed it back and neither one of us could get it back.
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My seat is stuck all the way back, and I normaly keep it all the way FOREWARD so I have the upmost control over the steering wheel. How the hell can I take this apart and fix it? I bet the cable is just loose for the latch but the left silderail feels like it's unlatching just fine, but the right side is not moving at all. I really don't want to be drivng home without a backrest... I've tried kicking it from behind, etc... I'll break it if I try any harder...
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I'd try to place some pillows or couch cushions in front of the backrest to move you forward enough to be able to drive the car home and work on it there. I'd then have a friend pull up on the seat adjusting lever while I tried to move the rail forward by hitting the rear of it with a wooden dowel and a hammer. If that's not possible because of access problems, unbolt the seat and remove it from the car so you car better see what is binding or not releasing.
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh man this is gonna suck.
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Old 03-01-2005, 12:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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its prolly the track! its not clipping into place...
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Ah this happened to me the other day. I had a coin stuck in the track
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Just get it home somehow and unbolt it so you see what's going on. Beatin' on it is just gonna make it worse...
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This happened to me it was funny and bad. Somehow I adjusted the back part to come forward and then it clicked back in and it's worked fine ever since then.
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unbolt the seat and remove it from the car so you car better see what is binding or not releasing.
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If his seats are like mine, then he won't be able to remove the 2 rear bolts
(since the seat is all the way back). I don't know about manual seats.


bitcore, can you see the 2 rear bolt nuts that hold the seat. If you can see, then it's easy to remove the seat. If you don't see those 2 bolt nuts, then you will need to work hard trying to remove those seats.

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