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Old 08-24-2006, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Squeaky Seat Fix

Edit: There are at least 3 different fixes for squeaky seats in this thread.

My seats made squeaking noises when I moved around or on some turns. Turns out the seat belt clip (female) was rubbing against the leather. I added some felt to the side of the seat clip between the leather and the clip.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ran into a similar issue after adding the Lotus leather parking brake boot. I keep my seat forward far enough that the seat belt latch would rub the leather. Once again, some strategically placed felt silenced the problem.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've been having problems with my driver's seat squeaking too... but in my case it's not the seat belt clip. It only squeaks when it's in one of the fore/aft positions (of course its the one I use), and then only after a few minutes of driving... then if I move the seat to another position and back again, it stops for a while. The Uberpost seems to imply it is a faulty seat rail. So, I was up for some research.

Here's what I found: the seat adjuster has two slots on each side that grab two teeth in each seat rail. It seems when formed, the left seat rail was bent a little too much, making it difficult for the slots to line up with the teeth. A tiny bit of "unbending" later, and the teeth line up well enough to allow the slots to seat completely. Two hours of driving later: no noise at all. Fixed!

The first pic points out the location of the seat adjuster's slots on the left rail. The second shot is an "after" closeup of the teeth in the rail engaged by the slots of the adjuster. Before "adjustment", the slots would not fully engage the teeth.
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I've been having problems with my driver's seat squeaking too... but in my case it's not the seat belt clip. It only squeaks when it's in one of the fore/aft positions (of course its the one I use), and then only after a few minutes of driving... then if I move the seat to another position and back again, it stops for a while. The Uberpost seems to imply it is a faulty seat rail. So, I was up for some research.

Here's what I found: the seat adjuster has two slots on each side that grab two teeth in each seat rail. It seems when formed, the left seat rail was bent a little too much, making it difficult for the slots to line up with the teeth. A tiny bit of "unbending" later, and the teeth line up well enough to allow the slots to seat completely. Two hours of driving later: no noise at all. Fixed!

The first pic points out the location of the seat adjuster's slots on the left rail. The second shot is an "after" closeup of the teeth in the rail engaged by the slots of the adjuster. Before "adjustment", the slots would not fully engage the teeth.

Did this make it any more solidly planted on the rails? I don't have any noise (that I can hear over the Ultra anyway) but have developed a shifty seat that's rather annoying on track.
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Did this make it any more solidly planted on the rails? I don't have any noise (that I can hear over the Ultra anyway) but have developed a shifty seat that's rather annoying on track.
There's still a tiny amount of play (I'd guess less than 1/32") but it's not noticeable while driving... given what I was dealing with before, it's a huge improvement.
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There's still a tiny amount of play (I'd guess less than 1/32") but it's not noticeable while driving... given what I was dealing with before, it's a huge improvement.
Thanks! Mine feels like it's got a good (conservative) 1/8" of slop in it and it really thunks under braking. Not at all on the street, but on the track it's a little, well... not so good.

Might finally be inspired to pull the seat and have a look now.
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Thanks! Mine feels like it's got a good (conservative) 1/8" of slop in it and it really thunks under braking. Not at all on the street, but on the track it's a little, well... not so good.

Might finally be inspired to pull the seat and have a look now.
Given the size of the slots and teeth, an 1/8" of play sounds like one side isn't fully seated... it's worth taking a look.
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How much do the seats weigh roughly?
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How much do the seats weigh roughly?
Given that I just had the driver's seat out a few hours ago... I could take a guess: around 20 lbs, including the seat rail (stock ProBax Exige seat). I'll bet someone here knows exactly though...
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Nice find. I updated the Uberpost with the new details and a direct link.
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How much do the seats weigh roughly?
There's a weight reduction link in the Uberpost that might help.

http://www.elisetalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27701
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Nice find. I updated the Uberpost with the new details and a direct link.
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No, thank you. I think I have this problem. Another thing to check before the snow melts.
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My drivers seat started to squeak really loudly at the slightest movement on Friday, finally got around to investigating this morning, moved the seat all the way forward, the rails were bone dry. Squirted some teflon bicycle chain lube in both rails, sat down and moved front to back a bunch of times to spread it around. No more squeak !
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I updated the first post to note your fix and apk919's fix.
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My drivers seat started to squeak really loudly at the slightest movement on Friday, finally got around to investigating this morning, moved the seat all the way forward, the rails were bone dry. Squirted some teflon bicycle chain lube in both rails, sat down and moved front to back a bunch of times to spread it around. No more squeak !
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Even after fixing the seat rail teeth, the squeaking started to return. Last time I had the driver's seat out, I put some <a href="http://www.acehardwaresuperstore.com/lithease-white-lithium-grease-stick-p-67282.html">white lithium grease</a> on the seat rails (especially at the rear of the rails). Now the seat is absolutely quiet.
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