STRUC­TURAL & COS­METIC DAMAGE

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Seat Repairs -

The foam back and base can be­come worn, es­pe­cially around the outer bol­sters for the driver’s seat where get­ting in and out of the car re­sults in the most amount of pres­sure and fric­tion. Re­place­ment foam may be avail­able. 3

If the seat’s head re­straint won’t sit in­side the top of the seat, or it wob­bles around, then the mounts can some­times be re­paired. They are usu­ally part of a metal frame­work that’s fit­ted in­side the seat back, which can be re­paired or re­placed. 4

Just like a sag­ging seat base, if the seat back has a sim­i­lar lack of sup­port, then its spring in­ner sec­tion may have bro­ken. In­side the foam of the seat back, there may be a se­ries of metal wires and short springs, which can break. 6

The seat bol­sters are usu­ally the first sign of wear and tear, par­tic­u­larly the driver’s outer bol­sters for the seat back and base, where re­peated pres­sure is ex­erted when get­ting in and out of the car. Re­pairs are some­times pos­si­ble if the damage is min­i­mal. 2

The ma­te­rial for the seat can wear thin, es­pe­cially where peo­ple sit. This can re­sult in a rough and frayed sur­face that can even­tu­ally tear. The best so­lu­tion here is to fit a new seat cover. 1

The seat base may have a square sec­tion of sprung web­bing, so if the seat feels soggy to sit on, the web­bing may have torn or its springs have be­come de­tached or bro­ken. All of this is re­pairable, and can of­ten be in­spected from un­der­neath the seat. 5

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