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Folding rear seats in 2006 C Estate are stuck in upright position

Discussion in 'Bodywork, Tyres, Wheels & Trim' started by LesD, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. LesD

    LesD Guest

    I stated this thread the other day but forgot to add a title.

    The rear seat catch button on the small seat back of my C class estate 2006 model is stuck open and I cannot fold the seat back forward, I also can't fold the seat back from the big seat as the luggage cover prevents it and I can't remove the luggage cover as I can't fold the seat backs. Anybody know how I get into the mechanics of the small seatback to repair the catch????:

    Having spent the last couple of days checking thread histories, the most viable answer I have to date is to remove the upholstery to the rear of the back(vertical) cushion and try to gain acccess to the mechanism from there. My wife doesn't like that idea as we have no clue as to how to repair the upholstery.

    Does anyone have any other ideas, violence with the seat back has met with no success to date?

    Does anyone have a diagram of the catch mechanics embedded in the rea cushion??
  2. moosehead

    moosehead Senior Member

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    Oct 16, 2006
    Your Mercedes:
    C230/2005/2.5L Avantgarde SE Sport Pack Estate, SLK230/1999 and Volvo XC60/2017 AWD
    You could try complaining to MB as this is a common problem - I've had two go in my 2005 W203 estate (O/S one both times) and I hardly ever put the seats down apart from odd trips to the dump, etc.

    This can be a nightmare of a job even for the dealer. I understnd that sometimes it's necessary to canibalise the upholstery and other times they get lucky and can free it quickly.

    I seem to remember the first one took a couple of hours to get it to release. Apparently the second one was a bit easier. I think they do have a book time for this and it is probably the former so with the new part you could be looking at best part of £500!

    The part uses a cable in the mechanism and from what I can see it's just not up to the job.

    If you have a FMBSH you might get somewhere. Failing that find a good indie who has experience of changing these.
  3. d4v4

    d4v4 New Registration

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    Nov 1, 2016
    Your Mercedes:
    c class estate 2006
    I have exactly the same problem, and am unable to find much detail how to access the catch to release it. Is the only way to gain access through the rear of the seat back?

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