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Front seats won't lock in place

Does anyone know if I have to replace the whole seat or just the seat tracks on my 1988 VW cabrio?

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    Similar problem, but the seat latch will not release so that I can bend the top half forward.

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You just need to replace the locking rod under the seat. You just give it a twist and it will come out from under the seat towards the front. The spring may not be connected either, it may have fallen off.

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  1. Remove the second row seats. For additional information, refer to Seat—Second Row .
  1. Remove the floor mats.
  1. Lock the seat cushion in the upright position.
    1. Lift the handle to release the cushion.
    1. Lock the seat cushion in the upright position.
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  1. Move the third row bench seat to the second row position.
    • Lift the seat track release handle.
  1. Remove the two bolt covers.
  1. Remove the two seat track front bolts.
  1. Remove the four seat track rear bolts.
    1. Position the rear seat cushion floor cover aside.
    1. Remove the four seat track rear bolts.
  1. Remove the third row bench seat.

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