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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 2014, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there,

Apologies if this has already been answered elsewhere but I had a look & I couldn't find the answer I was looking for.

My partner & I have recently bought a 2006 Cooper S & after driving it for a few days we've noticed that the drivers seat slide adjust doesn't fully lock in place. Something neither of us picked up on on the test drive as I'm sure I would have noticed it.

It's as if it's loose somewhere on the runner. It only moves slightly but is very noticeable when braking & accelerating.

I had a look at it today to see if I could see what was going on with it & the bolts are all done up ok. It also only moves when someone is sat in the seat. If I try to rock the seat back & forth whilst stood outside the car it locks ok with no movement. The movement is between the top & bottom runner & is of a rocking motion.

Has anyone else had this issue & managed to resolve it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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No one has had anything similar to this?

Any help appreciated!
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The only way to find the problem is to actually remove the seat from the car and have look from underneath... I doubt it will be easily fixable, as the mechanisms are welded together and there are no adjustments to be made that could compensate.

But it is worth a try...
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Thanks for the reply.

I took the seat out yesterday and I'm glad to say I found the issue and have resolved the play that was in the seat.

As it turns out the movement was a back and forth motion and after flipping the seat upside down so I could see the bottom of the runners I found that it was moving where the locking mechanism attaches to the upper seat runner via 2 bolts. One of the bolts was slightly loose, so all I had to do was tighten it.

I've attached 2 images to show where the bolt is situated under the runner just in case anyone experiences the same issue in the future. No more loose seat!

For anyone reading this with the same issue here's a few things that I wondered whilst removing the seat and answered for myself:

- I disconnected the battery but was wary at first as I was worried that it would reset the key. After reconnecting the battery, once the seat was back in and all the leads under the seat were connected, everything worked absolutely fine. All I needed to do was reset the clock and the one touch on the electric windows. I also have an after market stereo so I'm not sure if a standard radio would need resetting at all.

- When I undid the rear torx bolts holding the seat in it felt like the nut holding the bolt in was very loose and would tighten up again properly. As it turns out it was fine and is only loose once most of the bolt is out. It's housing keeps it in place so it can't move when you do it back up.

I hope this can help some one else.

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