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Old 17-02-2020, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default 1983 T25 Passenger seat stuck

Time to take off the front seats, have a good clean underneath and maybe install a leisure battery and bigger amp. Problem: Passenger seat is completely stuck in the rails. I've had a feel underneath and pushed up both sides of the lever than holds the seat in the runners & ensured that the catch behind the seat level is up...nothing. Any advice on "unsticking" the seat would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Mine had plastic covers/inserts on the tracks. Have they been broken off and part of them jammed?

Otherwise, a load of degreaser, then a hammer and a bolster chisel. Not as drastic as it sounds, put the chisel on the back of each sliding rail, you'll get a better connection and tap them alternately.
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Thanks for your reply.

Yep, plastic covers still exist.... thankfully. What I have found with the drivers-side rails is that they were somewhat warped so I would imagine that the passengers is the same or worse.

Will apply liberal amounts of degreaser and "encouragement".
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Away for work at the moment, but have some bus time scheduled in for Wednesday night. Will report back.
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Just a thought. Try a block of wood, a length of 3x2 would be fine, instead of the chisel. There's less likelihood of you damaging the seat rails with wood.
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Just a thought. Try a block of wood, a length of 3x2 would be fine, instead of the chisel. There's less likelihood of you damaging the seat rails with wood.
You mean a block of wood similar in size to something that can be used to pry apart brake callipers? Good idea!
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Completely forgot to say: I got the seat off. What was causing it to stick? Answer: Mud. It looked like the previous owner had taken just the left rail of the passenger seat off-roading and then not cleaned it before putting it back in the van and then putting the seat on. Weirdness! Anyway, cleaned up and all good.

Thanks for the help and support.
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The ones on my caravelle are stuck with sand and dog hair.
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