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Old 08-07-2016, 11:05 PM   #1
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08-11 Rocking driver seat cheap fix

My seat would rock back and forth when accelerating or braking in my 2011 SES. I looked under the seat while rocking it with my hands and found it was moving on the left and right pins for the height adjustment. If you have a similar issue look under the seat while moving it and verify if you have the same problem. I work at a car dealership and have fixed this same issue on other foci of the same generation. Remove the pins one at a time (no need to remove seat) with a 13mm gearwrench and t40 torx. They are steel but get a groove worn on them. I simply cleaned off the grease with brake cleaner and wrapped a single layer of electrical tape around the pin. Apply grease to the outside of the tape and reinstall. Repeat for the other pin. This simple fix has lasted two years so far.

Sorry no pictures of the job but maybe I will document the next one I do. This is much better than replacing the seat track assembly like we have to do at work a lot for other cars.


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Old 08-08-2016, 12:38 PM   #2
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I noticed my drivers seat was rocking a bit. Checked the seat base bolts to the floor and it was tight. I'll have to take a look at these pins and try that!
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Good info.
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Really.

How is electrical tape going to last in place of a STEEL pin worn in a spot?

Or, Ford should have made the entire pin out of electrical tape.

I myself am having trouble with that one.
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It should last for a while. It's pretty common for people to do something similar on older GM trucks when the door latch pin wears out.
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:14 PM   #6
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Well it's a coated steel pin and it rides inside a plastic bushing on the seat frame. So the coating wears off the pin and the bushing probably gets a groove or flat spot. The tape fills the void. I'm not constantly adjusting my seat height so if you have multiple drivers I'd say buy new pins and bushings if available because it probably will not last. But like I said, mine has been fine for two years rock free with occasional height adjustments.
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hi chad! welcome to the fourms!
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Pictures and Video

Took some pictures for you guys and a video of the seat rocking.
Also to anyone who performs this fix, raise the seat to max height for room to swing your wrench!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtKr...ature=youtu.be
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hi chad! welcome to the fourms!
Hello and thank you! I've owned foci since 2010 and I am an ASE certified technician so I look forward to adding to the community!
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