W163 Rear Seat Locked Flat

Discussion in 'Interior' started by topdown, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. topdown

    topdown Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    E500
    Rear seat bigger of the two is fully forward and will not move rear wards. Seat back moves OK but the base is locked. The cable release is disconnected. I have tried trying to flick the catch from the rear. Does anyone have a full description of how to unlock. Looks as if the last resort is removing the small seat completely and knocking the 3 pins out and tilting the base up so I can get in. Dealer has quoted £500 plus the price of a new cable. will try and get a laptop camera in to see what is going on. Any assitance would be very much appreciated.
     
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    topdown

    topdown Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    After putting a small video camera under the seat I found that the 'latching ram' at the door side - the cable had come off. You can get your fingers in and by pulling the latch and operating the normal lever - the seat unlocked. A tennis ball was trapped under the seat and had trappedthe cable. the cable was re-attached and all is OK.

    Had a look and the centre 'latching ram' which has the main cable, the other ram has the slave cable.

    Lesson - awlays check that there is nothing under the seats when you fold them down.
     

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