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Old 04-20-2001, 02:23 PM
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My passenger side, split-bench (not the "rumble/ 3rd") seat will not unlock so that I can fold it down. The driver's side folds fine. Specifically, the back rest will not unlock, even after I have already folded up the botton of the seat. The other side works fine.

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Old 04-20-2001, 04:30 PM
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Did you have that rear door open when you were trying? There's an interlock plunger with a white head that's visible when you open the door; it keeps the seatback from ever going forward with the door shut. If the door was open, perhaps this interlock is sticking? I suggest that you open both rear doors and compare the positions of these interlocks-I bet that's your problem.

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Old 04-20-2001, 04:39 PM
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The door lock is also my point. Perhaps it is stuck and not releasing. Ed
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Old 04-21-2001, 04:25 AM
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My 87 wagon had the same problem. It turned out to be the interlock system needed lubrication. It was just plain stuck from lack of use. If I remember correctly, I took out the seat bottom, then worked the interlock from top and bottom by hand. There is a small lever that lifts up when the seat bottom is lifted. That part was stuck. A little WD-40, and presto. I'll look at it in the morning to be sure that I'm remembering all the details.
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Old 04-21-2001, 04:20 PM
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300TE split bench challenge

Michael, Steve, Ed,

Thanks for the help guys. I just worked the little plunger at the door and the lever at the base of the back rest as all of you suggested. Works like a champ again. If anyone comes to the SF Bay Area, let me know and lunch is on me. Have a great weekend.

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