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Old 06-28-2001, 09:17 PM   #1
rrubel
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Unhappy broken seat lifter - help fixing?

Ok... went to sit in my 96 OB and the seat dropped all the way down. Got out, and it went all the way up. The adjuster arm does nothing but turn. I've taken the various covers and stuff off, but get to a sealed unit. Feeling around under the seat, it looks like a 3/4-round gear on the arm turns a 1/4 round gear on the seat. They don't seem to be engaged for some reason. Anyone ever experience this, or have any ideas how to go about fixing it without replacing the whole seat?

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Old 06-28-2001, 10:22 PM   #2
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Your in luck say's the fat guy! Mine did the same thing about a month ago. I thought I had broken the seat after slaming back on my floor jack after an autocross. The next day I noticed it bouncing up and down when I got in and out, and the height adjuster didn't work. But enough with the BS, here's the fix:

You don't even have to remove the seat! There are two bolts that hold the front of the seat to the frame that slides in the frame rails, If you move the seat almost all the way forward you can use a 1/4 drive socket to remove them. They are not the primary bolts that hold the seat assembly to the floor. Remove those bolts and the seat will pivot back on the rear supports. You should be able to access the gear mechanism then. There is a little screw that holds the gear in place. Mine had come loose and was allowing the gears to not engage with each other. If you line them up and tighten the screw it should work just fine. You have to line them up in the correct place or the handle will be in the wrong position. If you mess up just loosen the screw, slide the gear out a bit and try it again. You may want to apply a little locktight to the screw once you have the position correct. I noticed mine is getting a little loose again. Hope that helps, or makes enough sense to anyway!

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Old 06-28-2001, 11:11 PM   #3
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Old 06-30-2001, 12:10 AM   #4
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Your in luck say's the fat guy! Mine did the same thing about a month ago. I thought I had broken the seat after slaming back on my floor jack ...
Man oh man, if that works, I'm sending you beer money (or soda money, whatever you're into). I'll try it first thing tomorrow.
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Old 06-30-2001, 06:23 PM   #5
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You da man! That was indeed my problem - the screw had fallen out completely (and of course got lost somewhere in the car, so I had to find one that would fit). Replaced it, and everything works fine. I'd send you a 6-pack of beer, but might get in trouble with the authorities for shipping across state lines. Contact me, and we can work out something. You saved me a BIG headache.
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Old 07-01-2001, 10:17 PM   #6
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No problem! Glad I could be of assistance! Maybe we could get that put in the tech page of the board, if there is one. Someone would need to write better instructions though. I would probably have most people really confused, especially the RS owners!

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