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Old 06-04-2011, 11:53 PM   #1
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Rear Seat Broken/Stuck


New owner, Jeep novice for true. '04 TJ Sahara. The rear seat will not budge. One of the wire cables on the seat back center release is broken or disconnected. One side of seat back will move slightly but other side is locked (rusted?) solid as well as the "claws" on the bottom that anchor seat to floor. Have no access to a working seat to help in figuring how the thing is supposed to work. Question is how am I going to get seat out to try and repair it?
Have searched but to no avail. Help!

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Old 06-05-2011, 07:29 AM   #2
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Take a look at the side that's working. See what moves when you pull the latch.
Go over to the other side and manually do the same. Might take a screw driver to work it loose. Get it popped, and the seat should fold and tumble forward.

You should see a pair of bars running across the bottom of the seat, at the floor. One a smaller diameter then the other. Pull back slightly on the seat, and squeeze the two bars together, this will release the retainers and the seat will come out.

Then it's most likely removing the seat back cover to access the linkage for the releases, to see what happened.

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Old 06-05-2011, 08:14 AM   #3
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Take a look at the side that's working. See what moves when you pull the latch.
Go over to the other side and manually do the same. Might take a screw driver to work it loose. Get it popped, and the seat should fold and tumble forward.
As facing fwd from rear of seat. Left side cable appears to be connected. When engaging the release, seat back only moves a couple of inches at most. can't see what releases. Can the back cvr be removed with the seat locked in place?
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As facing fwd from rear of seat. Left side cable appears to be connected. When engaging the release, seat back only moves a couple of inches at most. can't see what releases. Can the back cvr be removed with the seat locked in place?
Would some photos of a working and removed back seat help you? You can message me your email, I will send you some photos.

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Old 06-06-2011, 06:06 AM   #5
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I recently had the same/similar problem with my 03 rear seat. One side would not unlatch At first I thought it was the cable but the cable was fine. At the floor in the back there is a C shaped latch that locks on the bar on the floor. Take a screwdriver and try to pry up to release it. I see what the cable acts on and there is a spring that pulls up on the C latch. For some reason mine was just not moving enough to clear the bar. I cleaned it and lubed it but it just would not move enough to release every time. I still have not figured out why mine would not fully unlatch. A couple weeks ago I gave up, took the seat out and took a grinder to the latch to open it up a little so when it releases it cleared the bar.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:26 PM   #6
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I am a new jeep owner. I just got the 2011 2 door. I was shopping and figured I'd just fold the back seat. But I can't for some reason. I am afraid to pull the latch too hard that it'll break. Is there another lever or something I need to pull? I ended up piling all the stuff in the back but it's gonna be a real pain to get it out. For next time what am I doing wrong?
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:09 PM   #7
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FYI this is the TJ (97-06) forum
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:55 PM   #8
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Sorry wavey
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:07 AM   #9
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Bumping this thread because I recently had a similar issue with my 06 rear seat. The release handle on top of the seat itself won't budge more than a quarter inch. I can see both cables moving this far, but it gets to a point where I'm just scared to try and pull any harder in case something breaks. I'm guessing in the previous cases that handle moves, it's just the latches themselves that don't?
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:09 PM   #10
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Honstly I dont remember if the handle did or did not move. Try prying on the latch as I described above.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:46 PM   #11
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Had a similar problem in my 03. Cable broke inside the seat on one side. You will have to use a screwdriver to unlatch the seat on the disabled side while using the handle for the other side. Once you get the seat out you can pull the cover and see what's going on. When I did it I could only find the cable/handle mechanism together for 90 bucks so I just used an old bicycle brake cable.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:10 PM   #12
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Any idea which thing is the latch I need to fiddle with? I'm looking at the FSM and I can't identify what is the actual latch and which way I need to try and move it... I don't really have a good view of the mechanisms at the floor because I have a Husky liner that covers up some of it, and I can't pull that out of the way because it extends all the way under the seat and is held in place as long as the seat is down
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Old 12-03-2011, 02:16 PM   #13
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The latch is C shaped and has to rotate towards the rear. With the screwdriver pry up and back. Note there is a latch on each side. You probably need to push back on some of the fabric around the latch to see it better.

Is your seat folding flat? Mine release enough to fold but one side of the floor latch would not release.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:27 PM   #14
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No, I can't even release the seat back to fold flat. So I guess I have to figure out how else to do that first...
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:10 PM   #15
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Similar problem going on here too... I can get the seat back to go flat ok. When I saw this thread I was praying I would find the answer... I have tried prying on everything, that would make the C shaped thing rotate.. I can feel it move when you lay the seat back down, but it is not moving far enough to release from the floor to tumble.. Been doused with PB Blaster twice now overnite, no help.
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Had a similar problem in my 03. Cable broke inside the seat on one side. You will have to use a screwdriver to unlatch the seat on the disabled side while using the handle for the other side. Once you get the seat out you can pull the cover and see what's going on. When I did it I could only find the cable/handle mechanism together for 90 bucks so I just used an old bicycle brake cable.
I had a similar problem with my 03 TJ, but I found out you can remove the factory seat cover by the J clips that are at the bottom of the seat back. When I removed the cover I just pulled on the broken cable with some pliers. I could not see a latch to push on until I had the seat off. My question is how did you use a bike cable when both sides of the cable need a small ball for attaching it to the latch workings? I can only find the part for $50 and that seems a bit much when I only need one of those custom cables.

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