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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Both Front seats on my daughters Mini faulty tilt/sliding mechanisms - the seat back would tilt forward but I needed to pull the lever under the seat to get the seat to slide forward.

I didn't care for purchasing new parts for both seats so had a go at repairing them myself. I did one seat a while back and so far its working fine

The tilt/slide mechanism works by a cable thats attached to the seat back, when the seat back is tilted forward the cable pulls on the mechanism under the seat base and releases it, allowing the base to slide.

On both seats the cables had snapped.

Layout of cable under the seat base

Cable holder at back of seat

Cable attachment at base of seat back

Remove the cable shroud from the holder by levering out with a screwdriver

Next lever out the other end from the seat base

Cut the end off the old cable where it attaches to the mechanism

Layout of the parts and showing the broken cable

I used a length of new cable I had but a replacement bike brake cable would do the same job, this shows the replacement cable complete with nipple on the end

Feed the new cable through the hole in the metal bracket on the seat base and up through the mechanism

Next a small crimp needs to be fitted that locates in the plastic housing, I used electrical connectors as shown with the smaller blue one cut down and crimped onto the cable

Push the crimp into the housing then feed the new cable into the outer plastic cable shroud and clip the shroud in place onto the seat base and seat back.

Next pull the cable taught, fit the bigger crimps but keep the plastic outer on so the crimps retain there shape, loop around the lug on the seat back bracket and crimp in place.

Ideally I would prefer to use a stronger method to crimp the cables in place but the ones I have used are working well so far. In the photos the seat base cushion was removed (it needed to be cleaned ) but the repair can be done with the cushion still fitted.

Hope this helps anyone wanting to repair their seats
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Thanks for this, very useful post to bookmark!
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I have the same problem on my wife's 2005 Cooper S Convertible.
Has anyone else managed to source a reliable cable manufacturer to have the cables re-built ?
Seems to be quite a common problem for the Minis, must be quite a good market for a cable builder out there !

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Holy thread revival batman!

Bit of an issue, on the end of the cable attached to the wire cylinder, the little black connection, it seems to have gotten lost in seat, is this 100% necessary or is there somewhere I can get a replacement?

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What a Brilliant Post, I'm having similar problems,
I'll be under my seats in the new Year !
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