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Seat fold/tilt cable.
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    Seat fold/tilt cable.

    A few years ago the lever to fold the passenger seat forward broke and was replaced under warranty. The replacement never felt quite right. The cable finally broke a few months ago. Fast forward to this weekend. I removed the cable and took a look. It was run at a bad angle and chafed thru. I take it apart and notice it looks like a bicycle brake cable..... Hmmmm. So I ordered a pack of 10 bicycle brake cables from Amazon for $10.45 shipped. Today I picked up some 1/16 cable ferrels. I did have to grind down the end of the cable that fits into the lever as it was just a whisker too large and long, not much. Inserted the cable in the housing, ran it correctly and installed the ferrel to lock it into place. It works great and cost me only about a $1.00 and some time. I can get some pics up if anyone is interested. Beats the $100ish range for a complete new assembly.

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    Mine snapped recently and I’ve just been reluctant to buy a whole assembly, I would truly like to see some pictures to see what I’m in for when I open the seat up

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    It can be done with the seat in the car if you can fit in the back seat. Move seat all the way forward. Remove torx screw holding manual lever on inboard side of seat. Remove two philips screws holding the inboard pivot trim. If the seat isn't already folded forward, use the manual lever to do so. Unzip the back of the upper seat back. Pull upper side handle forward and remove screw. There are two tabs that need to be pushed to remove the handle from the seat. If the cable is broke, you should be able to just snake it out of the seat back. When I inserted the new cable, I lubed it with a 3 in 1 oil. I had to grind a little off the round end as it was a little too large and long. Be careful. Run the new cable thru the release arm, insert a ferrel, loop it back thru. Take up the slack and squeeze it with pliers or gently with wire cutters being careful not to cut thru. Cut the extra cable off. My brake cables came with little covers for the end of the cable, I put one on so it doesn't fray.

    **After typing this and now knowing how it works and opperates. You may be able to just remove the broken cable and insert the new one without taking the handle/cable assembly out.**
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    Thanks for the helpful write-up.

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    Do you need to do anything with the black housing that rests behind the bracket below the headrest? I pull on the release strap and I hear the cable stop inside that housing. Only concerned because it looks like I would have unweld the bracket to gain access. Any input is appreciated!
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