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Seat back mechanism broken

The driver seat back won't lock in place and I need to figure out how to access the mechanism to fix it. The seat is flopping forward and won't engage in place

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    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    your going to have to find some one with a wire feed welder .. the cover will probably have to be taken off for the back of the seat also. it will remove easily from the bottom



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My 99 explorer was on a recall for the same thing and they fixed it for free like 8 months ago

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