Front seats won't tilt forward

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Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by vwgrl » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:55 pm

Just purchased a 1989 Cabriolet. One of the first things I need to do is get the seats working! They rock, the passenger seat won't move at all and neither seat will tilt forward. I purchased a seat guide set on Ebay to try to fix the rocking and inability to slide but can anyone tell me how to fix them so that they will tilt? My 6 year old has no trouble wiggling into the back seat but he's the only one! Any help will be greatly appreciated!!! :D
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Re: Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by Briano1234 » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:22 pm

Well you asked for it.

Take the seats and slide them all the way forward, you may have to lift it up and help it scoot.

Then on the inner frames where the back meets the seat, you will see two locks one on each side. Spray them with WD-40 or PB-blaster, go have a coke or a cup of coffee. Now you will need to take a pair of pliers and as you move the seat lock up you will need to assist these guys a wee bit. That is they have to be really loose
If when you raise the seat lock up to fold the seats and they don't move the fingers, then you probably have broken seat cables.

Here is the fix:
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Placing the seat sliders on is here:
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Re: Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by ShyCabbyGirl » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:22 pm

I was having the same problem until my boyfriend figured it out, last night actually! On the side of each seat, if yours is like mine - there should be like a big knob, if you turn it one way or the other, it'll tilt the back forwards or backwards (up and down or however you describe it)

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Re: Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by bbrown » Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:03 pm

Your Cabby should also have a quick tilt forward lever like the ones circled below:
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They allow you to tilt the seats forward without messing with the seat adjuster knob that you described earlier. Another interesting thing to note is that those seat recline knobs don't work if you are leaning against them and try to turn the knob, but instead you must lean forward in order to crank the knob to get the seat into your desired state of recline.
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Re: Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by Briano1234 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:48 pm

Not only that but some versions as in the WB editions usually have butt adjusters that will rock the seat bottom down in back, so that there are 2 handles under the seat. One to slide and one to tilt.
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Re: Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by bbrown » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:38 pm

Briano1234 wrote:Not only that but some versions as in the WB editions usually have butt adjusters that will rock the seat bottom down in back, so that there are 2 handles under the seat. One to slide and one to tilt.
Yup I have those too. If you look to the left of the parking/e-brake handle and above the seat belt release you can see the handle that allows you to pitch the seat bottom up and down. I keep mine all the way back. These VW seats are among the best seats I have ever sat in. I can't wait for spring. :lol:
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Re: Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by gull » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:25 pm

Dang, that looks just like my car, except yours has the correct top color. Love that Star Blue Metallic paint.
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Re: Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by gull » Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:26 pm

Oh yeah, if the release levers don't tilt your seats forward, the release wires are broken. There's a guide in one of the forums here to fixing them.
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Re: Front seats won't tilt forward

Post by vwgrl » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:46 pm

Thanks, guys. I'm going to pull the seats this weekend and repair the guides, I'll check out the wires while I have them out. And yes I love the star blue!

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