Seat release failure
We all know that estate cars are incredibly versatile and useful for carrying cargo of different shapes and sizes. For larger items, it is often necessary to fold down the rear seat backs to accommodate them. Unfortunately, the offside rear seat on this 1999 Audi A4 would no longer fold down and the cause of the problem was the small release handle at the top of the seat. Removing the handle showed us that the small lugs had simply broken off – not really surprising after 18 years of use!
Phoning the main dealer, we were surprised to discover that the handle only came complete with the surrounding trim panel and, at £80, this seemed a bit pricey for just a small plastic handle. However, the owner was happy enough with this price, so the new handle and shroud assembly was ordered and fitted into place. Normal seat-folding action was resumed.
The lugs of the small release handle were broken, meaning the seat wouldn’t fold down.