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Old 08-31-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Rocking seat?

I weas wondering if anyone has had an issue with their seat rocking? Kind of like it feels loose. Problem is, it isn't the base of the seat, it is the rail. I am thinking something came loose and just needs to be retightened. That and my seat back seems to not lock as tight as it used to. I know I am not that fat. lol


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Old 08-31-2012, 09:54 PM   #2
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my seats are nice and tight. most of the parts on the seat are riveted or welded. there are not many fasteners to come loose. the rail is removable from the seat bottom and probably needs to be replaced. i would not trust it and would replace it immediately
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:02 AM   #3
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Thank you. I though mine was the only one. I haven't really looked into it but it's definenty annoying. Let me know if you figure anything out.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:16 AM   #4
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It's too dark to go look, but what would I need to get the seats out to take a closer look?
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I have noticed this on my drivers seat also... thought it was my enormous mass that had caused it...
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:45 AM   #6
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Okay... I am up. For a while. I am going to tear out the seat and take a peak. And write up about it...
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Duh duh dah DAAH! Done (diagnosing anyways...).
First, disconnect the battery.

Second, use tools (I prefer a ratcheting type) to remove three bolts and a nut metric sized 15. In the picture, they correspond to where they came from. And to better access the front ones, slide the seat back. And the cover on the front left one, it just pops off. You can just pull towards the front. For the back, slide the seat forward. They are a bit cramped and the right rear is a little bit of a pain to get to. I sat in the back seat for it.

Then disconnect the weight and seatbelt sensors and airbag. Just flip the gray tab and pull.

Tilt the seat to the left, grab the right rail, and lift out of the car. You will be left with a gaping hole. And in my case, my passengers will be grateful. They have room to get in the back now!


I brought my seat inside under optimal lighting and flipped it over to get a better look at what is causing this infernal clicking and movement. This is what I saw.

And after jiggling and moving of various parts, the only thing that was moving was this bar on this bolt. Problem for me is that I don't have the tools to tighten this, so I am going to have to go shopping for some Torx bits. But for me, this is on both sides and they are causing the problem.

I don't know if they are damaged, just need a new grommet, or tightening... I just don't know. But I hope this helps.
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Thanks for posting these photos. The seat in my Focus literally just started jiggling yesterday and I was going to tackle it today. I wake up and see this thread. Perfect timing.

It's the smallest movement, but it's driving me crazy every time I come to a stop because the seat blips forward. Then I accelerate from the stop and it blips backwards.
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I got under there and, sure enough, my seat wiggle is coming from the same spot. Only the driver side bar is loose on mine. I cranked the already tight bolt (T-40 Torx and ~1/2 inch nut, can be accessed without removing the seat from the car), but it didn't help. It looks like the problem with my seat is because of play between the yellow grommet hole and the bolt. I didn't remove the bolt to confirm.
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On mine it is loose on both sides. It is making me think that the hole has been bent so it is now bigger. So I am thinking that a tear down needs to occur to see the root of that problem. If I can get the Torx bit, I will undo it and post again.
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