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My truck has fully manual seats, so no electrics to deal with on this one but there is a problem ...


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Old 12-15-2016, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My truck has fully manual seats, so no electrics to deal with on this one but there is a problem and I'm wondering if anyone has had this issue and if there's an easy fix for it:

My driver's seat recline does not hold itself into place. There seems to be a sweet spot where it will keep the seat upright, but if I try to recline it at all, it will just flop all the way back, which isn't a good thing when you're taking off from a stop light. The spot that it locks into is a bit too upright for me, and being partially disabled, it really hurts my back to drive it like that.

I have not taken the seat out to see if there's an obvious problem, but I have looked at the seat mechanism in the truck and it seems to be pretty over-complicated for a simple manual seat recline. I was looking for a simple cam and lever setup, but that is definitely not what Dodge decided to put in these trucks.


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I have a related but different problem: 2004 1500 Quadcab, manual seats, I can find NO mechanism to adjust the seat back. Did Dodge build a drivers-side seat that wasn't adjustable???
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That recline function is friction based.

All you may need to do is pull the cover off the arm where the pivot point is and tighten the screw/bolt that is there. Sometimes that's all it takes. Other times you may have to pull it apart and replace worn bushings or washers.


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I have a related but different problem: 2004 1500 Quadcab, manual seats, I can find NO mechanism to adjust the seat back. Did Dodge build a drivers-side seat that wasn't adjustable???
Adjustable how? Recline? Lumbar? Height?


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Adjustable how? Recline? Lumbar? Height?
Forward and backward are OK with 3-sided tubular bar under the front edge of the seat bottom, and it works fine. I find NOTHING that adjusts the seat back, anywhere, no lever on seat side, under front, side of back, back of seat back, nuthin' anywhere. Did the really make a non-adjustable seat back? The back seems to be slightly leaning back, it's bad on long trips.
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