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Old 05-26-2022, 01:55 AM   #1
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1997 Roadtrek 170P on Dodge chassis. Had this rig for about 18 years. Has always performed beautifully. Ordinarily, the back of the passenger seat will recline from about 10 o-clock to 2 o-clock range. But not today! The lever on the right side of the seat is stuck and refuses to budge, either UP or DOWN. (This is entirely mechanical; non-electric seat). It's not easy to see what is happening under the seat. And I'm of an age not to attempt taking the seat out to explore further. Who here can provide some insight or direction?
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Old 05-27-2022, 10:00 PM   #2
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I would try to hold the back and gently push forward while you try to move the lever up, then down. Then do the same except push the back of the seat backwards. Next try the same procedure but gently rock the seat back forward and backward while you try to move the lever.

The seat will come out quite easily. I suggest you go to a regular gas/service station and ask them to take it out and look at the mechanism. You do not have to bring this to a specialist to diagnose it.
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I would try to hold the back and gently push forward while you try to move the lever up, then down. Then do the same except push the back of the seat backwards. Next try the same procedure but gently rock the seat back forward and backward while you try to move the lever.

The seat will come out quite easily. I suggest you go to a regular gas/service station and ask them to take it out and look at the mechanism. You do not have to bring this to a specialist to diagnose it.
Went out to my Roadtrek this morning and followed your procedure Joe. No Luck. This being a holiday weekend, will go see my mechanic on Tuesday. Thanks a bunch for your input.
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Regular mechanic didn't want to deal with this. I took the Roadtrek to an upholstery shop and they quickly fixed the problem at no charge. Thank to those who offered assistance here.
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Glad to hear it was fixed.
What was the problem?
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Old 06-01-2022, 03:59 AM   #6
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Glad to hear it was fixed.
What was the problem?
I wish I knew. The upholstery guy laid his magic hands on the seat and it worked. He worked as if trying to pick a lock: sensitive fingers. Then Abra K Dabra!
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