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Old 08-12-2003, 09:02 PM
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Driver-side seat problems

Dear All:

Posted this on the general tech forum but no replies...anyone have any ideas?

Driver-side seat reclines whilst driving
I have a couple of minor problems with the driver-side seat on my 1986 560SL.

Specifically, the seat reclines whilst driving, albeit very slowly, so that every 20 minutes I have to crank the seat back up to its original position. Also, the height adjustment feature is not working, in that I canít raise or lower the seatís height (in fact I canít actually move the seat height control lever at all).

Anyone have any suggestions?

Much appreciated, Ryan Potts
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Old 08-12-2003, 09:51 PM
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The height adjustment may be a matter of accumulated grundge in the mechanism; removing the seat isn't a big deal, involving four bolts as I recall from old threads. A search will get you directions; outside of this board, check **************.com, which has directions on their site as I recall.

No specifics I can give on the seatback angle issue, but you'll be able to remove the back from the hinges with the seat out; if nothing else, replacing the mechanism should be easy at that point. I'll defer to more expert sources for fixes short of that.
Craig Bethune

'97 SL500, 40th anniversary edition

'04 Olds Bravada (SWMBO's)
'06 Lexus ES330
'89 560SL (sold)

SL--Anything else is just a Mercedes.
(Kudos to whoever said it first)
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Old 08-13-2003, 12:27 PM
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Hi Craig:

Thanks for the advice. I actually went ahead and ordered the seat manual from **************.com, so hopefully I'll be able to figure it all out.

Thanks again, Ryan
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