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3 door seat tilt and slide problem

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by shariain, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. shariain
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    [Jan 17, 2013]
    I had this problem when I bought my 2004 3.2 hope fully someone might find this helpful

    if you move your seat in to the fully up position using the handle on the side of your seat and then move your seat fully forward using the handle at the front. now if you look under your seat you will see a cable about 6-8" in length there is a plastic clip which should be attached to you seat this breaks and comes loose from the seat so when you tilt your seat forward the cable doesn’t have the pivot point to fully complete the movement of the component on the runner to allow the seat to slide forward and back.

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    trim on the back of the seat

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    here is the cable and you can see the broken part of the clip we are replacing

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    and the slide component on the runner in the locked position (will not slide)

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    and unlocked position (will slide)

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    i undone this part of the cable on the slide component as you need the seat in the tilt position to do the work and this just makes the cable slack and easier to work with. When taking the cable out you need to be careful with the locking part that connects to the clip.

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    And also the threaded part at the other end that has the yellow mark on it.

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    These can and will break if you are to ruff with it.


    I used 2 cable ties to keep them in place so it wouldn’t happen again temp repair when I bought the car.

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    you can just see the plastic clip in the picture all I done was wrapped a cable tie around where the clip is to hold it in place and then put a cable tie up and down the way to hold the other cable tie in place as where the clip goes is rounded so the first cable tie tends to slip off and the clip will break off again ( you will not see the cable ties once you put the trim back on)

    That was the temp repair I carried out now I have replaced the clip.

    i phoned Stirling Audi to get a price for the clips that have broke. The clips are under a £1 , i didn't think they would sell just the clips but they do.

    Part number 2004/2007 a3 Quattro 3door
    1k0 881 132B passenger side
    1k0 881 132C drivers side

    But please check with the dealer before ordering.
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    [Feb 3, 2013]
    Just had a look at mine and the cable is the probably, the curved end is the part that's snapped, think I'd rather live with it than strip the seat down to replace the cable
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    It is a very easy job to replace the cable 30mins max start to finish if even that.
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    Might have a go then, was looking at the plastic back on the seat but didn't want to be too rough with it
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    [Feb 3, 2013]
    You don't need to remove the plastic back on the seat just the wee side tab as shown in the pics.
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    [Feb 3, 2013]
    Ah right ok, I'll nip into Audi tomorrow and get a price on the cable
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    [Feb 3, 2013]
    My old man got some new seats for his a3 an this happened. Changed the clips from his old seats to his new ones abit fiddley but not difficult an really worth it's a pain when they don't go back. Need some for mine now even better you'v found the part numbers bonus
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    [Apr 4, 2013]
    Thank you for this! Exactly the problem I had but on my passenger side. Just ordered new clips and should be in and fixed at the weekend! :)

    Clips are currently priced at a shocking 60p each!! :O Kidding of course!
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    Didn't spot this first time around. Nice write-up mate :icon_thumright: I love a good guide with decent pictures.
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    [Apr 4, 2013]
    very helpful
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    [Apr 9, 2013]
    Both mine are broken so i'm gonna give this a go ....thanks for guide
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    [Jul 25, 2013]
    Having so much trouble with this , ive got the cable out attatched the new clip to it but have no idea where the clip clips onto, to make it work !! .....so frustrating !
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    [Jul 25, 2013]
    ^^^ see pm
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    Thanks for all your help shariain ....
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    [Oct 16, 2014]
    Hi Shariain. Congrats for the usefull topic :) I have to repair mines too, but can't fiture it out how to remove the textile cover on the back - which covers the cables. I tried with pulling up and then down and etc it won't loose.
    I have another question if you have been dealing with - my leveling function has stopped working properly on the driver's seat. I can level up the seat but not down. The handle just dont go down. Do you have an idea what is hapening.
    thanks in advance :)
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    You have to peel the bottom corner up and it'll come off, then push it up and the next flap will come away, then I put my fingers in behind the plastic seat back and peeled the long plastic flap off the tab and then the side long bit could come right out like in the top pics
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    Just ordered mine...

    Fyi...the guy i spoke to in parts department at my local audi said the code has been superseded with 1k3 at the beginning.
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    Yes it has cos I just ordered 2 for mine too lol
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    Very helpful thanks. Time to get mine sorted.
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    Yes indeedy glad I found this thread as mine both didn't work, these 2 little clips and they now both work properly.
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    I can't loose on the back trim - textile cover, i tried to pull it out but did't work. Can you give me an advice or some pics?
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    [Nov 24, 2014]
    I've got a feeling i'm having the same issue. My passenger seat works in the sense it moves on the rails using the lever under the seat but it doesn't slide forwards/backwards when i've got it tilted foward to either let someone out or get something from the back of the car. Is your fix for this issue or is it only for completely broken seats? Thank you.
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    [Nov 24, 2014]
    I did this ''temporary fix'' on mine over 6 months ago and its still perfect. Our kids are in and out the back of the car everyday too so gets well used :)
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    Just loosen the bottom. I did mine without the top undone as I couldn't get hang if it either.
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