EM TuningMonster Motorsport
Results 1 to 24 of 24
  1. #1
    Gee.'s Avatar
    The Dynasty

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    151

    Question Seats manually pulled forward to get in the back?

    I've got a 53 plate A3 TDI Sport model that I've owned for a little over a month. In order to get someone in the back of the car, the driver (and passenger) seat have to be literally pulled forward, otherwise the person would have to climb over. It's not a big deal, but it's bloody annoying having to lean over to pull my seat forward all the time!

    Is this normal? or aren't the seats sliding mechanism working properly? I would've thought, once the seat leaver is pulled up, the seat would then slide forward automatically.

    Cheers.

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Global
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    evocos's Avatar
    3rd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Derbyshire
    Posts
    515
    They annoy me to,but thats how they are
    A3,tdi sportback,remaped,custom turbo back zorst,green filter,19"speedlines,airlift ,xenons,votex side skirts & spoiler,smoothed sline front,s3 back bumper, s3 mirror's,red nappa,s3 vents,pedals, gearknob,fbmfsw,opensky and more. ow and an RS4

    For sale ....dolphin grey tdi 2006 front and back bumpers with grill,fogs etc,mirrors,sportback standard rear lights and mudflaps.
    All going cheap lol
    Also my mint 19 x 9 polished and red faced speedlines,with all good toyo t1rs,coming soon :o)

  4. #3
    Ads
    Ads's Avatar
    License to drive

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,148
    Nope, they don't slide forward on their own.

    But I don't get what you mean by having to lean across and pull the seat forward so the person can get in the back???
    When the person getting in pulls the lever they just keep hold of it and slide the seat forward in the same motion, no???

  5. #4
    smudge_don's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Sutton, Surrey
    Posts
    2,941
    Why are you doing the work Gee? You're the driver!!! Get the peasant passenger to do the work and get out the passenger side

    The seats have to fold forward and then they slide
    Currently driving a 55 plate Ford Mondeo ST. But as Arnie once said...


    I'll be back!!!

  6. #5
    c_w
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    1,050
    You have to keep the lever held up for it to slide forward I think! And then keep it held up to fold the back down.

    One curious thing I've noticed is that the seat then stays slid forward??

  7. #6
    Ads
    Ads's Avatar
    License to drive

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,148
    Quote Originally Posted by c_w View Post
    One curious thing I've noticed is that the seat then stays slid forward??
    You have to slide the seat back to it's original position before unfolding back to it's straight position. Otherwise it's "forgets" it slide position.
    If that makes sense.

  8. #7
    Gee.'s Avatar
    The Dynasty

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    151
    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    Nope, they don't slide forward on their own.

    But I don't get what you mean by having to lean across and pull the seat forward so the person can get in the back???
    When the person getting in pulls the lever they just keep hold of it and slide the seat forward in the same motion, no???
    That's the problem then. Mine don't seem to do that. Once I pull the leaver up, the seat just folds down, and doesn't slide forward. So for me to slide it forward, I have to pull the other leaver (the one at the bottom of the seat), otherwise the passenger would have literally climb over the seat lol.

    Quote Originally Posted by smudge_don View Post
    Why are you doing the work Gee? You're the driver!!! Get the peasant passenger to do the work and get out the passenger side
    lolll good point!

  9. #8
    Ads
    Ads's Avatar
    License to drive

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,148
    Quote Originally Posted by Gee. View Post
    That's the problem then. Mine don't seem to do that. Once I pull the leaver up, the seat just folds down, and doesn't slide forward. So for me to slide it forward, I have to pull the other leaver (the one at the bottom of the seat), otherwise the passenger would have literally climb over the seat lol.
    Ah I see. Are you sure the seat is being folded down as far as it will go?
    If not then you won't be able to slide it forward until is has been.

    People getting in and out of my car get it wrong all the time.

    And as you say it happens with both of your seats then I would guess you are doing it slightly wrong, rather than it being both seats that are faulty/broken.

    Give it another go, this time when folding the seat forward give it an extra push at the back to make sure it's folded as far as it can go, then try to slide it forward.

  10. #9
    c_w
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    1,050
    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    You have to slide the seat back to it's original position before unfolding back to it's straight position. Otherwise it's "forgets" it slide position.
    If that makes sense.
    Will try that later, thanks! I think these seats/levers aren't as intuitive as other cars!!

  11. #10
    Gee.'s Avatar
    The Dynasty

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    151
    Quote Originally Posted by aythreee View Post
    Ah I see. Are you sure the seat is being folded down as far as it will go?
    If not then you won't be able to slide it forward until is has been.

    People getting in and out of my car get it wrong all the time.

    And as you say it happens with both of your seats then I would guess you are doing it slightly wrong, rather than it being both seats that are faulty/broken.

    Give it another go, this time when folding the seat forward give it an extra push at the back to make sure it's folded as far as it can go, then try to slide it forward.
    Thanks, I'll give it a go and then report back.

  12. #11
    Gee.'s Avatar
    The Dynasty

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    151
    No luck . Maybe they changed the seat mechanism after 53 models?

  13. #12
    Pii
    Pii's Avatar
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    London
    Posts
    748
    My ones requires some elbow grease before they decide they can slide forward. Not sure how it can slide back though.....

  14. #13
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Woking
    Posts
    25
    I had the same problem with an 09 S3

    Here is the post
    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?83302-3-door-lift-and-slide-seat-question&p=848739&highlight=#post848739

    I was refered to the user manual by smbAudi.

    This is how I get it to work..... lift the handle then tilt the back of the seat forward as far as it goes, then release the handle and slide the seat forward by pushing the back of the seat.
    To put the seat back so it "remembers" its last position do the reverse. Slide the seat backwards as far as it goes, then lift the handle and tilt the seat back to an upright position.

    The Audi seat mechanism is PITA and I woudn't be surprised if it were part of the MENSA entry exam !! lol
    Car:- 2009 S3
    Mods:- Milltek TBE, Forge DV, Pipercross filter, REVO Stage 2

    Next:- HPFP, REVO Stage 2+, ITG or Twintake ( The jury is still out on that one!)

  15. #14
    chrissy1502002's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Portsmouth'ish
    Posts
    247
    I have the same problem. What happens is when you pull the back of the seat up there is a leaver and cable. Once the seat is folded forward it pull the cable up, and releases the runners so you can then slide it forward. I would put money on it that your cable has come undone in the seat!

    I will be having a go at repairing mine this weekend, and if successfull i will take some pics to show in more detail.
    Brilliant Black A3 2.0T S-line Quattro Special Edition. S3 front brakes, Turbo back Milltek including race cat, APR Intercooler, Evoms air intake, AMD Stage 2 map, Upgraded OEM DV, Sachs Race Clutch, SMF conversion, Forge short shifters, S3 wing mirrors, S3 Rear end, Interior LED conversion, Bi-Xenon's, LED DRL's, BBS CH's, MY 09 Rear lights, Full leather, Tinted rear windows, Custom black front grills.

  16. #15
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Telford
    Posts
    2,484
    these seats really annoy me too!

    In my old Beetle and current Lupo, once you pull the lever, the seat literally jumps forward, base and all! In fact on ther Lupo passenger side, you could fit an elephant through the gap! The A3 ones are just too complicated! Its annoying when the ones in a 7k Lupo work much better than ones in a 20K Audi!
    B6 1.8T Avant s line gmbh

  17. #16
    Wozski's Avatar
    2nd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    480
    My drivers seat is broken too - will be interesting if you get this fixed so i can attempt to fix mine

  18. #17
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    95
    Quote Originally Posted by R7SAN View Post
    I had the same problem with an 09 S3

    Here is the post
    http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?83302-3-door-lift-and-slide-seat-question&p=848739&highlight=#post848739

    I was refered to the user manual by smbAudi.

    This is how I get it to work..... lift the handle then tilt the back of the seat forward as far as it goes, then release the handle and slide the seat forward by pushing the back of the seat.
    To put the seat back so it "remembers" its last position do the reverse. Slide the seat backwards as far as it goes, then lift the handle and tilt the seat back to an upright position.

    The Audi seat mechanism is PITA and I woudn't be surprised if it were part of the MENSA entry exam !! lol
    Thanks for the recognition chap!

    as others have said, I have come across A3's in the past where if the sliding mechanism is not used it seems to get stuck. Maybe due to the grease used on the runners but it should just need a good push to free. Get in the back seat and give it a good push with the back tilted forward and push from the bottom of the back. If this frees it then it should run smoother after a few slides. Good luck!

    If not then it may be broken as I can't imagine why they wouldn't have slided on earlier models though i'm not up on the specs 100%.
    Collected 14 July - 2009 MY10 A3 1.9TDIe Sport 3dr in Brilliant Black
    Factory options: Cruise Control, Debadged, Chrome Exhaust tips
    Mods: CC Tuning remap.

  19. #18
    paddy's Avatar
    Audi=No fault code, no idea

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Surrey
    Posts
    5,135
    Seems to me you have faulty mechanisms. I lift the lever and the action of tilting the seat forward is enough to get the seat to slide to the front of the runners. i dont think i could tip the seat forward without the seat sliding forward as well.
    Ibis white Revo S3 and now matching Vivaro LWB HR 2900 :-)

    Many people are alive because its illegal to shoot them.

  20. #19
    Sarah's A3's Avatar
    MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cheshire to Perth AU
    Posts
    5,919
    Mine is the same as Paddy, I tilt and it slides more or less on its own. Same to get it back but it shoots back in the runners when you tilt it back lol. Maybe it needs some grease on the runners as mine seems really greased.


    Mauritus Blue 3.2 V6 S Line Quattro DSG Xenons Sunroof Leather Sat Nav/Changer/TV/Text W8 & Int Light Pack Dark H/Lining Tints PDC S3 Kit '11 Rears Sachs/Eibachs & more... Build Thread

  21. #20
    paddy's Avatar
    Audi=No fault code, no idea

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Surrey
    Posts
    5,135
    What a girl like you doing in on a Friday night then S ?
    Ibis white Revo S3 and now matching Vivaro LWB HR 2900 :-)

    Many people are alive because its illegal to shoot them.

  22. #21
    Sarah's A3's Avatar
    MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cheshire to Perth AU
    Posts
    5,919
    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    What a girl like you doing in on a Friday night then S ?
    lol, sad isnt it! Having lagers, nibbles and watching a film whilst on here (multi tasking lol)


    Mauritus Blue 3.2 V6 S Line Quattro DSG Xenons Sunroof Leather Sat Nav/Changer/TV/Text W8 & Int Light Pack Dark H/Lining Tints PDC S3 Kit '11 Rears Sachs/Eibachs & more... Build Thread

  23. #22
    paddy's Avatar
    Audi=No fault code, no idea

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Surrey
    Posts
    5,135
    Yup...I know the feeling... Bottle of wine...can of Bitter.. decisions decisions :-)
    Ibis white Revo S3 and now matching Vivaro LWB HR 2900 :-)

    Many people are alive because its illegal to shoot them.

  24. #23
    paddy's Avatar
    Audi=No fault code, no idea

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Surrey
    Posts
    5,135
    solved that one..........Both
    Ibis white Revo S3 and now matching Vivaro LWB HR 2900 :-)

    Many people are alive because its illegal to shoot them.

  25. #24
    Sarah's A3's Avatar
    MODERATOR V6 S3 Hybrid

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cheshire to Perth AU
    Posts
    5,919
    Quote Originally Posted by paddy View Post
    solved that one..........Both

    Good decision! I'd make the same!!!


    Mauritus Blue 3.2 V6 S Line Quattro DSG Xenons Sunroof Leather Sat Nav/Changer/TV/Text W8 & Int Light Pack Dark H/Lining Tints PDC S3 Kit '11 Rears Sachs/Eibachs & more... Build Thread

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO