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Old 11-28-2018, 11:17 AM   #1
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Question Seat back latch stuck

Having an issue with a stuck seat-back on my 99 boxster. My seats have a power recline but fore-aft etc is manual.

The power recline works properly. However, the mechanical seat-back latch/unlatch isn't working on the driver side. I can push the lever (see attached pic) and it moves but the seat back won't move forward.

Any recommendations for how to fix this? I googled and searched here but didn't see any tips/tricks for un-sticking or disassembling the seat latch.



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Old 11-28-2018, 11:53 AM   #2
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Try unlatching using both releases (one each side of head rest) at the same time and see if that works for you.
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I have a similar issue with my '98. I drive with the seat bottom all the way back, the back rest gets jammed against the engine fire wall and will not release when the lever is raised. If I move the seat forward a bit taking pressure off the back it will release.
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:05 AM   #4
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Thanks for the recommendations! I've tried sliding both seat levers at once and they both move relatively freely in tandem and it "feels" like they are engaging some internal mechanism. But the seat back remains locked.

I'm only 5'7" and the seat is not pushed back against the firewall. Not sure about the PO but the seat back was not pressed against the firewall when I took ownership.
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I have a similar issue with my '98. I drive with the seat bottom all the way back, the back rest gets jammed against the engine fire wall and will not release when the lever is raised. If I move the seat forward a bit taking pressure off the back it will release.
+1 Same here
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:50 PM   #6
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Seat latch

Did you ever get the seat latch problem figured out? I took out the drivers seat to fix the bottom cushion and folded it all the way forward. Now the seat wonít unlatch and go back up. Donít want to put seat back in until it releases. Any advice? Thx
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:09 AM   #7
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I've been refinishing the seats and have them removed. The seat back latch started working again for awhile.... But is now stuck again. Not sure how it unstuck itself and why it's stuck again now. I may try gently tapping the seat in various orientations to see if that has something to do with it.

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Did you ever get the seat latch problem figured out? I took out the drivers seat to fix the bottom cushion and folded it all the way forward. Now the seat wonít unlatch and go back up. Donít want to put seat back in until it releases. Any advice? Thx

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