I own a 98 GMC Safari van that was customized with a rear bench seat that lays down into a bed(sofa seat). My friens and I moved all the levers and can move it back and forward, 1 time we accidently were able to get it to lay flat, but don't for sure what we did. Since I bought this used, there is no manuals with it. It has seating for 7, @ captaions chairs in the front and 2 in the center and then the sofa bench seat in the rear.
I just bought a 93 GMC Safari Van and couldn't figure this out either. Luckily, I did have the manual. It appears that the lever under the front of the sofa moves in forwards and backwards. There is a lever on the corner of each side. Lift up on each and pull cushion forward. Also, you can push on the back of the sofa to help it go down. Hope this helps!
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I have the same problem. found out you like i have a power fold down seat. there should be a small motor mounted underneath the rear seat. attached to it are two cables. those cables are what move the seat up and down. check to see if the cables are broken or snapped apart. then check all the seat levers support bars to find out if any of them are bent or misaligned. that can cause your cables to break.
the last one i done which was an astro van so i should imagine this one is similar,had two rear seats,the one directly the driver had the side door in so it was different in as much as it had two lap belts the back one only had one lap belt in the middle.the outer inertia belts are a three point fitting .If your still not sure then visit a scrapyard and have a look.This astro van was weird though because it had 9 places altogether but here in spain you can only carry 7 people without a public service driving licence
The rear seats have a pull strap located between the bottom cushion and the backrest of the rear seats used to disengage a lock to lift up the bottom cushion. The pull straps will only stick out an inch or so, or they might have fallen down between the seats and then you wont see them. Before you can lower the backrest of the rear seats, the bottom cushions have to be lifted up and forward out of the way so that the backrest may lie down flat. If your pull straps are not visible between the bottom cushion and the backrest, you may have to stick your hand between the cushions and feel for the straps. Once you find the straps, pull upward on the while lifting on the bottom cushion where the pull strap is located and the seat should tilt forward. Once you have manged to do this, the lever for the backrest is located on the top of the backrest. Just slide the lever and tilt the backrest to the desired position.
If it's anything like my 1994 Vandura, you have a small panel of rocker
switchers above the rearview mirror for turning your interior lights and
other gadgets(tv, vcr, etc) off and on.
The leftmost switch on mine moves the electric bench seat up and down,
*and* forward and back. The trick is that you have to hold it down to
make it move.
With mine, even though there are four actions:
- slide seat forward
- slide seat backward
- fold seat down
- fold seat up
there is only one rocker switch.
So what you do is hold "up" on the switch and see what it does. If it
slides the seat in either direction, up for your van is for both sliding
forward *and* back. To do the opposite direction, just wait a second
then press the same button the same way a second time.
If up makes it fold, it's the same principle. Hold the rocker switch
depressed in the up position to make it fold up. Wait a moment and
repeat to make it go down.
It wasn't intuitive for me either but once you know and play with it a
bit it makes sense. Probably better than having four switches up there
The release on an LX or ES model is at the top of the seat backs, near the door opening, for the rear seats. The rear bench is a 60/40 split on these models. The rear seat does not lay down on the DX models.
I have problem with deats, ti thing that there is no power coming to the seat so that can moveand that is with all the seats in the car. i would be appreciate if you can tell me where the fuse for the seats power is located. thank you