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Green Cooper Seat Recliner Getting stuck all the time

This is the second time this has happened. The first time the seat was stuck in reclined position on the passenger side. Now it has happened on the drivers side. I dont know how the other one got fixed. Being a commuter i need me seat in a good position, aka upright. Does anyone know how to disengage the recliner and make it sit normal??? Its on a 02 copper with leather seats.

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Pull the lever on the 'inside' of the car up. That should let you adjust it. If you've pushed it ALL the way back I guess it could get stuck on the ratchet if there's no play left in it to disengage it... In which case you might be stuck.

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Hey I've just had the same problem with my 03 cooper - brought it to the garage who kindly quoted 400!!!!! I nearly died and am now taking it to another mini dealer who seemed to know the problem when I called him - a few friends of mine have had the same problem so I think that it's a bit of a problem with the mini leather seats - here's hoping it won't cost the earth to fix!! you have my sympathies and I can appreciate how bloody annoying it is - my partner said I was 2 hours in the car fiddling trying to fix it and had to be dragged back into the house!

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I had this problem...I found the solution somewhere on here or NAM...

basically, it will take a bit of braveness on your part....

put one hand on the seat, the other on the recliner....try move the seat as you pull on the recliner - you might need to force (or yank at) it, but it'll give and go back to seat locked forward..I ended up in the back seat pulling on it - and used more force than I normally would like to....but it worked...

Basically, one of the teeth has come out of alignment with the others on the shaft. so it gets applying the force needed, it should drop back in and work normally...

At worked for me....(a bit of cursing was invovled, until I found out about that solution!)...

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Mine did the same thing on the passenger side just not even 3 days after I bought her new. Unfortunately the nearest dealership is 100 miles south of me so took a few minutes once I got home, sat in the passenger side and while leaning back against the backrest I played with both handles on the side of the seat turning them clockwise and counterclockwise. after a couple minutes of playing, the teeth finally released and haven't had much issue with the seat reclining since.
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Seat back stuck

The solution of holding the lever up and forcefully pushing the seat back back works. It took me 3 tries, but then FIXED.

I think what happens is that allowing the seat to slam forward without restraining it when you pull the lever up can result in the rachet rod that runs across the inside back of the seat to become twisted and out of alignment from the left side to the right side of the seat - then pulling on the lever has no effect except usually for one position. Jamming the seat back back has the effect of getting the right and left side of the rachet rod on the same rachet tooth. Hope that makes some sense.

But this solution works and saves you big dollars from the Evil Mini Empire.
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