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Old 08-10-2002, 01:14 PM
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Ouch$#@@How do I fix a wire barb coming out of my seat frame?(85 300D)

How do I fix a wire barb coming out of my seat frame?
I know how to remove the Drive seat.
I just dont know how to pull the fabric off and get to the metal frame underneath to repair/replace and I am tired off sitting on that Barb, it snags my But at the worst times and my daughter refuses to drive the car. 1985 Merceds 300D 312K
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Old 08-10-2002, 05:20 PM
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Cape Cod Massachusetts
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Lightbulb Seat Springs

You should do a search regarding replacement of the seat springs or swapping of the seat springs there is much info!

Basically you remove the seat from the car, then remove the "Seat Box", the seat bottom spring arrangment, then you can remove the seatcovering and padding, then you will have access to the springs themselves. You might be able to find a replacement spring somewhere, boneyard or maybe an upolstery shop, or maybe you can secure the protruding spring to another spring and therebye keep it inside the seat.

You might consider buying a new seat box $125 or getting one from your local boneyard ( I got mine for $20). Passenger side seats are usually in better shape! Good Luck.

here's a link:

4 hour seat swap, armrest ?
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Old 08-11-2002, 09:57 AM
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spring base replacement

Replacing the springbase is not that hard. Take the seat out, then carefully remove the plastic side trims from the base. These get brittle and crack fairly easily, turn the seat over and see where they attach, usually a screw at the back and various push in hooks (I think replacements are usually available if you crack one).Disconnect any electrical connections to the backrest if you have seat heaters or electric recline etc. There are then two bolts per side attaching the backrest, take these out, rear ones first, and remove the backrest. I'm not sure exactly how the runners attach to the seat pan but its usually fairly obvious, look out for screws through the middle of the runner you have to slide them back or forward to line up a hole to get at it, and sometimes a spring for the slide release is also anchored to the rear screw, take carefull note of where it goes.
The seat cover has a cardboard edge strip rolled into a perimeter groove on the pan. Upsidedown squash the springs and get a screwdriver or hook under one end and peel it out. If there are little metal clips left in the groove lever them out and put them on the cardboard before refitting. The spring base then pulls away from the pad and cover.
:-The pad will probably be cactus if a spring is right through.
:-Spring bases have subtle variations between models, years, spring layout, regular duty, heavy duty, updated etc, take your old one along when buying and compare closely.
:-I wouldnt try repairing one, difficult to get strong enough, and start again if unsuccesfull.


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