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Old 04-30-04, 06:20 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any info on replacing the equalizer rod for the drivers seat. The dealer wants 400-500 dollars to do this. The rod is only 26 bucks. I have tried pushing the rod back in, but it won't budge.
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Old 04-30-04, 08:33 AM   #2
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What is the equalizer rod? Is this related to a twisted driver's seat, where one side reclines and the other doesn't?
If so, I fixed mine for free! Let me know if it is, and I can provide details of the fix.
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What is the equalizer rod? Is this related to a twisted driver's seat, where one side reclines and the other doesn't?
If so, I fixed mine for free! Let me know if it is, and I can provide details of the fix.

Yes, that should be the rod he's referring to on the back portion of the seat.
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Yes, that's what the equalizer rod is. I'm not able to slide the rod either way. Any advice would help!!
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Hmmm, my equalizer road was turning but the cog it's connected to on one side of the seat was not turning. As a result, when you recline the seat, one side moves back and forth, but the other side stays still, which leads to a twisting in the seat back.

A guy here in the UK had the same issue, and he first tried to drill a hole in the point where the equalizer rod and the cog meet, but he didn't get through (the cog's shaft is solid!). So in the end, he got some Araldite extra strong glue (don't know if that brand is available in US), and he put lots of glue around the junction.

He left the glue for 24 hrs to cure fully. Next day, the equalizer rod was turning and so was the cog on the dodgy side. Before doing this, you have to ensure the seat is not twisted at all.

I tried this fix on my car which had the same issue, and it worked!

I'm not sure if this helps you, since your rod is not moving at all. There doesn't seem to be much room to investigate in the back of the seat where the motors and rods are, unless you take the seat out of the car.
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There are probably better instructions for fixing this problem but here is a link:
http://www.cureline.net/lex/howtos/info_seats.htm

I had a similar problem fixed on a 90 LS by an independent repair shop. They used a new rod assembly and I think the total repair cost was about $150.
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