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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Driver seat stuck in rear most position

Driver seat stuck in rear most position. I'm guessing that a penny or something similar is jammed. Any ideas for fixing short of removing the seat? I ask because I won't have time to visit a shop for a week or two.
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Driver seat stuck in rear most position. I'm guessing that a penny or something similar is jammed. Any ideas for fixing short of removing the seat? I ask because I won't have time to visit a shop for a week or two.
Removing the seat is a 30 minute job, less if you don't have to remove a hard top to get the seat out. Made a bit trickier if the seat is all the way back, but no more so than removing the passenger seat. If you've got the right tools, it's pretty quick.
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Because the seat is all the way back, the rear bolts will be a bit hard to reach, but looks removing the seat is the only solution!
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Have you looked under the seat with a flashlight and mirror? Maybe you can see the obstruction and remove it .
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Wasn't able to see anything...perhaps if I had one of those cameras made for surgery.

Are the rear rail bolts covered up by the seat in its rear most position? I see some allen key bolts back there, but I think these might be what attaches the seat to the rail, rather than the rail to the chassis. I suppose I could just remove the seat from the rail and go from there.
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Wasn't able to see anything...perhaps if I had one of those cameras made for surgery.

Are the rear rail bolts covered up by the seat in its rear most position? I see some allen key bolts back there, but I think these might be what attaches the seat to the rail, rather than the rail to the chassis. I suppose I could just remove the seat from the rail and go from there.
I have a flexible fiberoptic camera, but you're a little too far away for it to be useful.

Here are the seat rails. Top is passenger, bottom is driver.

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Note part number 4 when you remove the rails from the car... you'll want to put it back.

If you are seeing the bolt that faces sideways (7), then that attaches seat to rail. If you are seeing the bolt that faces up (3), that attaches rail to chassis. The rail to chassis bolts are allens and IIRC so are the seat to rail...
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Thanks for the diagram. I cannot see #3 because it is being covered up by the black bracket. If you look at where #7 would be on the driver's side, there is another bolt that is un-numbered with a round head below it. It is parallel to #3 and pretty much is right on top of it with the seat all the way back. That is all I can see.

So looks like I do indeed need to take the seat off the rail first. I may take this one in to a shop, in case I cannot put the seat back together at home!
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Thanks for the diagram. I cannot see #3 because it is being covered up by the black bracket. If you look at where #7 would be on the driver's side, there is another bolt that is un-numbered with a round head below it. It is parallel to #3 and pretty much is right on top of it with the seat all the way back. That is all I can see.

So looks like I do indeed need to take the seat off the rail first. I may take this one in to a shop, in case I cannot put the seat back together at home!
Can you tell me how y fixed this. I have had a 2013 lotus evora for 2 weeks and my passenger seat is stuck in the most rearward position as well. Took it to a lotus shop and they were like they might have to cut the seat out.. I like wth
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tap the rails and listen for the jingle! Or push back/forward as far as possible when doing this to give obstruction ability to move.

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