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s3 recaro seats tilt

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  1. gethinwr93
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    [Jul 20, 2014]
    I have tried to look with the search function but can't seem to get a clear answer. My recaro seats have started to get very difficult to tilt. To move them i now have to pull on both handles (either side of the seat) or it wont budge.
    How do you adjust the bar that connects them so they tilt with one handle again?

    thanks in advance :)
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    The catches on each side are out of sync.

    You need to remove the mechanism from the link bar on the out side of the seat, and refit it so it is one or two teeth anti clockwise.
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    Got any pics how to do this please? Thanks
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    kwistof South East Events Moderator Regional Rep

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    Got this problem myself tbh :(

    The diagrams I've seen haven't been the easiest to understand on how to fix it, so any other information Jim would be great :thumbsup:
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    Will take a picture tonight after work for you chaps.
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    Here we go chaps:

    The Issue is caused by the outside seat lever not rotating the shaft enough that runs through the back of the seat connecting the inner and outer catches. So although the outer catch is released, the inner catch is not quite released enough to allow the seat to move.

    So...

    Firstly remove the seat lever by pulling firmly, and then remove the plastic trim panel, again a firm tug on the bottom edge and it comes off:

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    Next remove the screw circled:

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    Now you need to ease the metal bracket (circled in yellow) off the metal shaft (circled in red).

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    You will then see the shaft is splined. You now need to lift the seat lever on the other side of the seat a little so it rotates the link shaft teeth (circled red) anti clockwise 1-2 teeth. The metal bracket (circled yellow) it then pushed back onto the link shaft (now a few teeth offset from where it was) and the screw done back up.

    Now when you lift the outer lever it should disengage both the outer and inner catch the same amount (the inner a little more than it did before) so they both release at the same time.

    Hope this all makes sense, its a little tricky to explain!
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    [Jul 22, 2014]
    My seat lever is snapped off... Has been since I bought the car, anyone have one for sale?
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    Nice one Jim :) Just ordered one off of the bay... Cheers:beerchug:
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    Great little guide there Jim- couldn't be more cleaerer :)

    I'll give this a go once I get my motor back - cheers :thumbsup:
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    Thank you very much :D will do it later. Very much appreciated.
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