Seat re­lease fail­ure

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

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.

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