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72 Seat back position HELP


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72 Tii that I have been working on recently after owning for 2 years. 

I'm usually pretty good with repairs and have completed many so far but this one has me stumped. 

I completely restored an E9 a few years ago but it has Scheel seats that are different. 


I  released drivers seat to get in back seat. 

Now it won't return to driving position. 

It's stuck at vertical 

Removed seat and disassembled mechanism on both sides. 

Nothing seems broken, a little stuck but some cleaning with brake clean and lubricating took care of that. 

On drivers side is a lever at seat level that I thought controlled the seat back position. 

It does move and releases a geared cylinder connected to the cross shaft. 

I don't see anything wrong with this?? Photo # 1&2 It does move and releases from the shaft. 

Photo 4 is the cylinder removed so it isn't stripped. 

Photo 5 is the passenger side of seat that does not have this gear. 

Photo 6 is the spline that the cylinder fits over and it is not stripped. 


If I remove each side I can pull the the top part (attaches to seat back) back. I can feel the spring keeping it vertical. 

Both sides move. 

When brackets are installed on seat bottom both sides, the part that attaches to the seat back (top) is vertical. Not reclined about 20-30 degrees like a seat back would be. 


Hope someone can help. 

I called a local friend that owns multiple 2002's but he hasn't had to deal with this. 





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If you separated the two hinged end pieces (the black ends that fasten to the seat back and cushion) from the torsion bar that connects 'em, reassembly is assuredly not intuitive--as I found out some years ago. 


PM me and I'll send you the column I wrote on how to reassemble that recliner mechanism so it'll work properly.






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