Driver’s seat ad­just­ment

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There’s a prob­lem with the driver’s seat in my 2005 Ford Fo­cus LX. The lever on the right-hand side of the seat has no ef­fect on the height and I’m un­able to raise the seat any higher. Ge­orge Wood­ward

Your seat should be fit­ted with a small lever that should al­ter the height of the seat ei­ther up­wards or down­wards with each move. The lever op­er­ates on a geared run­ner in the seat and winds a cog up or down the run­ner to achieve the de­sired height. As this lever is not al­low­ing you to raise the seat, two pos­si­bil­i­ties come to mind. The first is that the two pres­sure struts have failed and are no longer sup­ply­ing suf­fi­cient pres­sure to raise the seat when the lever is moved. The sec­ond is that the lever mech­a­nism has seized.

If it’s the first prob­lem, it may be pos­si­ble to lift the seat while mov­ing the lever if you are not sit­ting in it. The sec­ond op­tion would re­quire the seat to be taken out and the squab cover re­moved to ac­cess the mech­a­nism, af­ter which it may be pos­si­ble to free it off.

If there is any re­sis­tance when op­er­at­ing the lever, this gives a third op­tion, which is that the gear within the run­ner has ei­ther bro­ken or come out of line. This will be ap­par­ent once the seat squab is re­moved.

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