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Audi a3 Front seat won't ratchet up or down


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Before I go tearing the seat apart into a 100 pieces that won't go back together!!


My front manual driver seat A3 09 plate won't ratchet up. It's stuck in the low position. Are there any issues with these or any faulty parts in the lifting mech , before I destroy it lol

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On 9/8/2021 at 5:25 PM, A3car19tdi said:

If anyone else gets this issue it's the ratchet mechanism.  They are prone to failure. Non user serviceable as you can't open it up as it's welded together and a bit breaks inside . Buy a used one from eBay or the likes second hand.  Unbolt the seat and remove the old one. Will take an hour to fiddle about swapping. remove the plastic seat side trim( there is a screw in the front storage  tray under the seat and a plastic lug at the rear. Then you'll see the 3 bolts to remove the ratchet and a single nut.  Remove and reverse process to refit 🙂


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