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Welcome to Just Answers, I'm Kevin and I'm here to help resolve your Automotive issue Please click the ACCEPT button when satisfied with your answer.Positive Feedback is appreciated! Hello
If I a going to have to take my vehicle to a dealership, anyway, I am on a limited income and really can't afford this good service if I can't repair the issue myself. I'm hoping you understand my delima.
Sure, the knob in the top corner just comes out
Rather than releasing the seat
I have fixed dozens of these
If you look at the bottom of that button, you will notice the hole is threaded
I emailed the dealer from whom I just purchased this vehicle. They have not as yet replied. They were not the most cooperative. I guess since I am a senior, they think we are all made of money! Sorry. Don't mean to complain.
there is a threaded release rod within the seat back that the button/knob threads into, what has happened is the knob , over time will unscrew until it is off
No problem feel free to vent
But, the knob seats clear down. It doesn't stop at any one place.
I have the manual; but, it has no instruction as to the malfunction of this knob!!!!
What you need to do is take the knob off, fish around in the hole in the seat where the knob was, use a thin screw driver or something similar, you will find that rod, then line up the rod over the hole and screw the knob back on.
It doesn't look like it has any threads to allow one to screw it back on. Am I not seeing something?
they are set deep in the knob
unless they are stripped, once you line up the rod and screw it on, if the knob does not tighten down, then the threads are stripped, you will just need a new knob.
Is there any possibility that I might go out in the garage and try this procedure before I close this chat in the event I have a further question? I know that is asking alot and I don't intend to take advantage.?
sure, I am converting this chat to Q&A, but you can just come back and post, I will answer..I will be on for about a half hour more, even after that, you can post and I will respond tomorrow.
Even after clicking accept, we can still work on this as well.
It won't take me that long to determine if this old lady has the intelligence to follow your instruction! Ha!
just have to look or feel around for the rod inside that seat..you saw my pic right?
of the seat
also may help to use a needle nose pliers to grab the rod if the screw driver is hard
I can't see down into the hole to be able to tell if that rod is in a vertical position to accept the knob or not! Does the knob go on in a particular position? There is a slot in that knob.
Okay. Let me try the needle nose. There is just not enough room to get your head over the hole to look inside.
once the rod is over the hole the knob just screws down
I know it's a tight fit in the Baja
I'll be right back. I hope!!!! Ha! Thanks for your patience!!!!!
you can push on the seat cushion, may be able to feel or push the rod towards the hole too
Does the headrest come off? I could then have room to see into the hole. The knob just falls flush with the back of the seat as it is right now.
the rest comes off, not sure you have enough clearance to get it off though, will hit the roof
Okay. I understand. I will go try pushing on the seat cushion s you suggest. I know you won't be on line much longer. I appreciate your help; and, would like to resolve this before you are off line.
The plastic cover came loose over the hole and now I can reach in with my fingers and feel that rod with a spring on it. BUT.....it is off center and I can't seem to get the knob to make contact.
the rod should be moveable, using a screw driver or such to guide the rod over the hole, it is a bit tricky
It is. Very much so. But, there doesn't seem to be enough clearance. That's what took me so long. I was trying to do just that.
move the rod over the hole, then put the plastic ring on the knob, thread the knob on the rod, then push the plastic ring back down.
this way you have a little more room in the hole with that ring off
you will need something to guide the rod over the hole so you can get the knob over it
How far up can you pull that rod? When I try to move it over the hole, it just goes back to the side. It won't stay in position.
use a needle nose pliers to hold it
They don't seem to be long enough.
I must be doing something incorrectly!
you cannot grab the rod with the needle nose?
your needle nose pliers may be too short
Negative. But, I didn't try since I have that plastic cover loose.
They are regular needle nose. Aren't they rather uniform in length?
ok, remember just put that plastic ring on the knob before you screw it down
many different sizes
I'll go try again. I have to make it work!!!
If you cannot get it, we can resume tomorrow, I will be on around 7:30 AM Central time.
Another option is a piece of wire clothes hanage curled on the end to hook the rod
hook the rod to guide it over the hole.
I have to work all day tomorrow. I even tried to pull the rod to the center with a screw driver and then hold it with the needle nose. NO LUCK!!!
Just need to work at it, it's tricky but manageable. I will be on until 9 or 10 pm tomorrow (central time)
I don't even know how to get back to you. It is getting late here; but, I won't give up just yet. I will keep trying. I know what I have to do; but, it just isn't coming together.
Just come back to the site, sign in and you can access your question, and post to it, I will get an e mail and be able to continue
it will be in Q&A format
Then the knob could be stripped even if I do get it on there. That would be the icing!!!!!!!
it may be, 1 out of 10 are
odds are in your favor
Thank you. You have done your best. If I click "accept", can I still continue tomorrow night or do I have to pay another $29? If so, I will go to the dealer and let them fix it which will probably be an easy fix for them; but, a heavy fee for me.
Even after clicking Accept, we can still work on it, no extra charge
just will continue
I know the feeling, at my dealer, the minimum charge is $60.00
Okay. I am going back out to the carport and keep trying. I love this Baja and want everything perfect even if it is a used vehicle! I keep my cars immaculate and in better shape when I sell them or trade them in than they are when I buy them!
Nice! I'll keep that in mind when I'm looking for another car LOL
Oh. by the way..................our dealers are at $80 - $100 an hour!!!!!!
Mine is $120.00 per hour..a half hour is minimum check out fee
wish I made all of that
I have a 1997 Cadillac Eldorado in show room condition with 70,000 miles on it. I have a sports car, also; but, am selling it.
Me too. We wouldn't be doing what we are doing if we made that rate per hour. Would we?
Wow! I have an Outback LOL
not at all
An Outback is the same as my Baja. Right?
same platform, yes
Except mine is a truck and your's is a station wagon.
years ago, it was called the BRAT
I will TRY to get back to you tomorrow to give you the "outcome" of my attempts. I remember the Brat. I had a Subaru back in PA where I am origianlly from and I drove it from there to CA. It was great. I am a GM person at heart, though.
stood for Bidrive Recreational All Terrain
Never knew that!
LOL, I have worked for Subaru way too long to remember that
Have a good evening if there is any left for you. I am frustrated; but, will keep trying. I am not one to give up easily.
LOL, just don't get mad and rip the seat out! I will look for you tomorrow
That is next!!!!!!! Ha!
LOL, have a good night
See ya! Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX You told me what to do. It's my fault if I can't do it.
You'll get it, I have faith in you..try the coat hangar
Good idea! If it doesn't work, I can "hang" myself! Ha!
LOL, don't forget to let me know the outcome of if you still need a pep talk
I'll probably need "happy hour"!
I'll drink to that, good night
You were not able to align the rod with the knob?
I am still at work talking with my boss on the phone.
I am closing my store right now and will be on after I get home and try this knob thing again. Be back on line after awhile. Hope I can reach you a little later.
I would try a local repair shop, should be much cheaper.Can you take a pic of the knob and slits and post it here?
JA does not allow me to interact other than on here
I have the pictures; but, can't send them to you then.
Attachments are only available to registered users.
I tried it again; but, the same results. Don't know what is happening. I clicked from the desktop this time, too.
I'm taking too much of your time and it is apparent we can't solve my issue.
If only I could get the pictures to you, you could see why I think the knob looks like it's missing something. Maybe I will see if I can email a picture to the local Subaru parts and see if they can compare it to a new one for me. Thank you for your help.
Will you check to see that I am only charged for one session? When I logged on it listed two questions and two answers and two acceptances. I don't quite know what that means.
This has been so frustrating. I have to get it fixed somehow.
Thank you for trying.
Again, PLEASE insure that I am not billed for more than one session. Okay?