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Old 07-16-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Driver seat wont tilt forward

I'm trying to take my seats out to bed line and got the passenger and rear seat (snapped 2 bolts) out but I can't get to the 2 rear bolts for the driver seat because it won't tilt. I sprayed it with wd-40 and still nothing. Thought of using a ratchet strap to pry it. Any ideas?

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Old 07-16-2012, 09:18 AM   #2
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Might seem like a stupid question, but what exactly do you mean by "tilt"? Both seats should tilt, but not all of them tumble forward. For example, in my 2004 only the passenger seat tumbles forward to allow passengers to access the rear seat, whereas in my 98 both driver and passenger seats did. Some do and some don't, so just make sure you're not forcing something to tilt/tumble that can't physically do so. That said, I was easily able to get to all of the bolts without needing the seat to tilt in either Jeep, especially the rear bolts. If you can't get on the bolt directly from the top for some reason, try a u-joint. If they are rusted, an impact wrench would be helpful.

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Old 07-18-2012, 07:09 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure my drivers seat tumbles. It has the same bracket as the passenger. But the part of the bracket that helps it tumble is over the 2 bolts in the back
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Does your drivers seat have the pull tab on side like passenger seat to release the tumble forward? If not, it likely only tilts.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:41 AM   #5
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If it is supposed to tumble, check underneath the seat. There should be a cable that is supposed to actuate a lever to make the seat tumble. I've had that cable pop off before, and simply hooking it back up fixed things. Others have had that cable break in the seat. Regardless, you should be able to actuate the lever with your hand to make the seat tumble.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:43 AM   #6
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Maybe stupid remark, but I made this mistake:

I tried to tumble the seats by only pulling on the tab that sticks out on the front. That worked for the driver side, but not for the passenger. So I thought it was broken.

Anyway, you need to pull the tab to unlock the mechanism, then push the backrest of the seat forward.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:51 AM   #7
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Definiltey not stupid, it's actually recommended to push on the back of the seat to tumble them. Just pulling on the tab to pull the seat forward is what breaks the cables.
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It sounds like my cable is broken because when I pull the tab nothing happens even with pushing the headrest forward, but if I push down on the release under the seat and
push on the headrest it tumbles forward.

Driverside doesn't have a strap or the mechanism under the seat.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:25 AM   #9
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If your seat frame has this long slotted area, then it is designed to tumble.
Drivers side or passenger.
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:45 AM   #10
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Also, as stated earlier, there is a lever under the seat that you can lift up to tumble the seat if your cable doesn't work properly, or it's broken, or disconnected etc.
Drivers side or passenger.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:14 PM   #11
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Ok im going to try the lever underneath. I wasnt pulling with the little tab on the front I was pushing the back but i think I do have a problem with the cable because It was hanging and caught on the track when I slid the whole seat forward.
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My driver's side cable snapped, haven't replaced it yet. I've been using the lever underneath to tumble the seat forward.
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Just tried it the lever underneath was a little stuck but it worked. Thanks everyone
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:27 PM   #14
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Just tried it the lever underneath was a little stuck but it worked. Thanks everyone
You'll get to the point where you won't have to stick your head near the floor pan to look for the lever after a while. I'll repair mine at some time. Anyone have the PN for this cable?

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