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?
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.
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.
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.
02' TJ X
12' MIni Countryman
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.