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Old 08-05-2008, 11:23 AM
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w123 rear seat reinstall -- what's the trick?

So what's the trick to reinstall the back seat? I sweated, cussed all morning the other day and still didn't get it quite right, and when I almost did... DOH... the seat belts were wedged under it.

Do you have to be a sumo wrestler, or is it really a 2 person job?

Thanks for any pointers...

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:38 AM
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Two people help. You want to make sure you catch the tongue and groove at the top and keep the seatbelts out. It will require going to each side a few times and them some.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:39 AM
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Makes sense. I looked like a one-man chinese fire drill in my driveway! Round and round....

Thanks for the tip!
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:41 PM
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I did it alone, maybe sedans aren't quite as easy.
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:51 PM
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It helps to be small, in this case, not sumo-large.

First, move the front seats forward as far as they will go. Next, check the spring clips on the floor of the car to be sure they aren't bent at a funny angle. Then, put the rear seat in place and pull the seatbelts up through the crack; if they insist on falling back, you may have to temporarily convince them using bungy cords, duct tape, etc. Now get into the footwell and press the seat back with your knees while pushing down with your hands. Do one side and then the other and it will eventually pop into place.

Sometimes I get it right the first time but other times I have to fight it for awhile.

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Old 08-05-2008, 01:10 PM
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I have removed and installed the lower rear seat many, many times. All I do is slide it into place - get it lined up and pushed back - then I sit on each side near the edge and bounce up and down while pushing it back and it always snaps into place. Never had any trouble. Sounds funny but works like charm.

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Old 08-05-2008, 04:23 PM
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It takes a little wedging to get the bottom cushion in there just right. Also, sitting on each side does help to "click" it back into place.
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