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Old 08-02-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Post Seat wasn't quite right, the repair it needed!!!

I purchased my 2011 ford focus SES at the end of last march and soon after i discovered the drivers seat back was not quite right, it was leaning towards the center console and the right side of the seat back was further forward then the left side. Also the tilt return springs were very weak and it would not return the seat to the upright position causing me to pull it up manually. I really wanted to find out why it was doing this but didn't have the time,..... until yesterday........

I expected the hinge mechanism as the culprit but was not real certain so i pulled the seat out of the car and put it on the bench and started disassembling the back off of it so i could get to the frame.

This is what i found!!!!!






The frame was severely bent, no doubt a casualty of the Rear end collision the car sustained and was professionally repaired,..... well they missed something!!!!

So i got some 2X4's, vice grips, pry bar and the largest BFH in the shop and went to town on it, and then finished off the job with a bench vice and the oxy-acetylene torch to repair the stress crack in the sheet steel it sustained from the damage. One of the hinge mount plates were severely distorted but luckily i was able to straighten it with the pry bar and now is aligned next to perfect!!!









Re-assembled it and now its now straight and very comfortable to sit in, no more back pain or feeling like im going to fall on the passenger!!!!


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Beautiful job!
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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How does that happen

Did a very heavy driver jump the car or something?
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How does that happen

Did a very heavy driver jump the car or something?
The car was involved in a rear end collision on the drivers side, i was told the rear quarter panel was replaced and some of the inner structure was bent back into alignment, looking at the work done im seriously thinking there was a lot more replaced but the rest of the work done on the car was very professional and i don't see any sheet metal body damage at all!
So im thinking the seat either was replaced from a JY or the weight of the driver being thrown about from the collision caused it somehow?
Honestly im scratching my head how it happened??!! Could that side of the seat been pushed down and or pushed back only on the right side and bent like that??!!
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Rear end collision makes sense. The seat backs and frame are designed to collapse to help prevent whip lash.

My Jeep was involved in a head on collision at one point. The shop that repaired it did an excellent job. Unless I was told by the dealer that it did have frame damage at one point and was told where it was, I wouldn't have noticed it.
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Thank you, i always pride my self on doing the best i can to fix something!!!
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