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    Thread: How to repair Broken Seat Release Cables

    1. Senior Member briano1234's Avatar
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      Feb 20th, 2004
      Atlanta Ga
      90, 92, 93 Cabriolet They own you.
      04-28-2012 07:50 AM #1
      well Snap, the cable that releases the seat back just broke.

      First Remove the seat from the rail.

      Remove the inner rail cover.
      Remove the Pin that holds the cover to the inner rail.

      Lift the cover up slightly and pull it to the back.

      Remove the 10mm acorn nut from in front of the seat center rail.

      Slide the Seat all the way to the back and remove it from the rail.

      Now make sure that the Lock fingers are able to move half of the broken ones
      I have had to deal with are because the fingers won't pivot.
      Shoot PB-Blaster on it and work it with a pair pf pliers until
      It moves freely.

      Now manually fold the seat in half.

      Pry up the fingers that are holding the material on.

      Remove all the material off the fingers.

      Cut the hog rings loose that are holding the side bolsters on.

      Pull the seat back up to get to the release mechanism.

      Look for the broken wire and remove it.

      Go to the hardware store and get Stainless Steel cable 5 foot (1/16th) and 2 ferrules.

      For the Longer run you need 3 foot, for the shorter side you need 2 foot.

      Loop the cable through the open hole.

      Now slide the ferrule on the longer side of the cable and insert the short side
      that is through the release mechanism.

      Pull it so that you have made a eyelet, and that the shorter end is almost at the ferrule.
      Pull the Long end and Crimp the ferrule closed.

      Run it over to the release holder slot.

      Use a small piece of vinyl tube to act as a rub guard.

      Insert the cable through the seat pivot hole, and slide the ferrule onto the cable.

      Insert the cable in to the hole of the finger release, and feed it back into the ferrule.

      Pull Tight on it so that the release finger on the right matches the one on the left
      (a tad tighter won't be that bad as it will stretch.).

      Crimp the ferrule closed Cut off the extra length of cable that you have on the outside of the ferrule.

      Replace the Seat material.

      Where you cut the hog rings, you can use a hole punch and punch a hole in the material.

      Then instead of using hog ties, use wire-ties.

      Stretch all the material back over the fingers, and tap closed with a hammer.

      Reinstall the seat and enjoy.

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      04-28-2012 08:37 AM #2
      Good write up ! I'm getting ready to tackle this one on the factory seats from the 88'.....as soon as I can source some replacement bolster foam and reupholster the ratty looking fabric that's on there now.

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      04-28-2012 12:30 PM #3
      Ooooo, thank you! I have 4 door Rabbit seats in my Cabby, therefore I have no cables! I have to reach around both sides of the seat and pull the levers up while looking like an idiot.
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    5. 04-28-2012 09:56 PM #4
      Excellent write up! Very clear, with great insights as to the specifics.

      I've been putting this one off, but after reading your post-- I'm feeling like this may be my next maintenance chore... Thanks Briano!

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      1966 VW Bug / 1985 VW Cabby / 2004 VW Jetta TDI
      07-07-2014 03:26 PM #5
      I will start by saying thank you for the great tutorial of how to get inside the seat and replace the cable.
      I tackled this on Sunday and it works, kind of (couldn't get it as tight as I wanted) and I am not sure how long it will last either.
      The loop at the bottom that attaches to the release is getting pinched when the seat is in the locker position.
      For now though, it is better than reaching and trying to grab both hooks at the same time.
      I know I will be opening it back up at some point.
      Hopefully, I can find replacement cables before it breaks again.
      The Hunt is on.

    7. Senior Member briano1234's Avatar
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      Atlanta Ga
      90, 92, 93 Cabriolet They own you.
      07-07-2014 03:36 PM #6
      If you get it tight enough and use the vinyl tube a a rub guard, it will last quite a long while. It has been over 5 years since I posted that originally on the trf.

      Try busdepot.com or vwheritage.com

      wire cable 492mm 191881595A short one
      wire cable 689mm 191881596A long one

      19.00 at dealer 23 at busdepot...20 at an audi dealer.


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