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Old 08-03-2007, 07:29 AM
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87 560SL Driver's Seat

Hoping someone knows how to fix this....
I have an 87 560SL and the driver's seat will not stay reclined. The entire seat assembly will recline - almost like the back of the seat (where you sit, not the back rest) will tilt towards the floor. Well, mine goes down and will stay, until you hit a bump in the road, then it springs back up. Most annoying. I have looked but can't seem to see where the release is slipping....any help is appreciated.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:21 AM
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I have the same problem but I am too lazy to track it down.
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Old 08-04-2007, 12:24 PM
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If I pull the handle up after adjusting it down it stays put. But it is not all the way down. I would like to get the last bit of adjustment out of it. Hopefully someone has a real fix.
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Old 08-04-2007, 12:44 PM
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Remove the seat and look at the ratchet for the height adjuster. You will need a couple of carb springs, available at any local parts store. Upon replacing the springs, your seat height adjustment will be restored (at least was the situation in my case)

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Old 08-04-2007, 11:23 PM
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If I pull the handle up after adjusting it down it stays put. But it is not all the way down. I would like to get the last bit of adjustment out of it. Hopefully someone has a real fix.
You need the seat out. You will see the ratcheting mechanism probably gummed up and missing a spring. There should be two springs. Dealer sells them cheap.
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Old 08-05-2007, 01:38 PM
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You need the seat out. You will see the ratcheting mechanism probably gummed up and missing a spring. There should be two springs. Dealer sells them cheap.
...now where did I hear that before???
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:05 AM
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...now where did I hear that before???
Full circle, ears.
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Old 08-11-2007, 01:45 PM
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You need the seat out. You will see the ratcheting mechanism probably gummed up and missing a spring. There should be two springs. Dealer sells them cheap.
Since I need the seat out and it is 95F outside right now it will have to wait until the fall to fix it.

I see in the crappy picture in section 91-130 on the Service CD the 2 springs. After moving the seat up and forward I can reach the mechinism and both springs are in place. So I guess that I do not have to get them from the my local stealership that wants $22 for an oil filter.

My problem is that it will not lock in the lowest position without lifting the adjustment lever. The users manual states "Afterward, the handle can be pulled up to engage the seat in the first position to avoid clicking noise." Well my clicking noise if I do not pull it up is the seat going to full up when I get out of the car or go over a bump.

I guess I could remove spring that lifts the seat since I want it all the way down and I am the only one that drives the car. I will take the seat out when the weather cools down in the fall and see if I can grind out another notch in the locking gear to get it to lock at the bottom of the range. I could live with the first locking position if there was a way to raise the front of the seat but that fix is more than I want to do since I do not have a welder.

Look for a post later this year with better pictures and my final solution.
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