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Old 04-25-2017, 11:54 AM   #1
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1998 Explorer Driver seat recliner lever stops

New to the forum, so if I am asking about a problem otherwise addressed, my apologies.

Not sure where to go with this. A month or so ago, my driver's seat (non powered) recliner latch broke. There are apparently three positions for the seat: Upright, semi-reclined and fully reclined.

Climbing in, I heard a "snap" and the seat went to the semi reclined position. I figured the stop on the upright setting had broken.

I went to an on line eBay store and shopped for -- and purchased -- a replacement assembly. Installed it and the same problem was present. Contacting my source, I was sent a second and then a third like part, each had the upright position stop not working.

Either I have been extremely "lucky" with the parts or I might be installing it incorrectly, or something else.

I have talked to two local mechanics and the Ford dealer parts man. No solutions.

Any ideas where I might go from here? I have a milk crate and a board holding the seat up, but I need to fix this...

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Old 04-26-2017, 05:10 PM   #2
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Take it apart and post pictures, maybe then people will have some ideas. Most of the problems I've read about were just the lever itself breaking off.
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Lever itself is fine. Just one of the stops is broken or somehow not working
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