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    I was messing with the back/forward on the rails seat adjustment as I drove along (I always start messing; too many options).
    Suddenly the lever had no resistance and I shot forward. The lever was flapping loosely and I couldn't put seat back. I finished my journey with knees under chin.
    I can now only adjust my seat by opening back door and reaching under seat and pressing the ratchet lever down by hand.
    I had a look under the seat with a torch today and it seems the lever operates a cable much like a brake cable on a pushbike. What has broken is the noggin on far end of cable that anchors it to the ratchet mechanism that sits on the rails. I found it on the floor. Its such a little thing to break off, but I can't think of any way to reattach it. The end of the cable has started to unravel.
    So what I need to know is does anyone know if I can buy s replacement cable for this mechanism. Or, its possible i might be able to attach something small to end of cable as a substitute.

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    The cable is available seperately.

    Part Number - 13100008

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    Temporarily you could put a chocolate box electrical connector on it and screw it up tight - just don't fiddle with it.......

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    thanks to both of you...i knew there was something i could use! been racking my brains for something small that could clamp on end of wire. I might try a piece out of a plug.
    Thanks for part number too. I wonder if I can replace it without removing seat? Access is awkward like.

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    ok for the help of anyone who has this problem in future:
    I was gonna try the little metal thing out of lego like connector, and i reckon it would have worked.
    But I found something I thought would work better. At DIY stores you can get this two part super putty, you squidge the putty till the two colours blend, then it takes 10 mins to set rock hard and bond to any substance. A pea sized amount of this well worked into the end of the cable has done the trick nicely. It helped that the cable was starting to fray, so could be interwoven with the putty. I then shaped it into a rough approximation of the bit that broke off. Its holding so far, and thats for first attempt.
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    part no. 13100008 £7.58 inc vat. Not worth messing around with a bodge for that price, the putty would probably cost as much at B & Q.

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    it nearly did., was 3.99...oh well if it breaks ill get the new one. Tbh this was probably easier than fitting a new one.

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    Good info on this - can it be replaced without removing the seat. if i have tio remove the seat - will i have to undo the airbag plugs etc. if i do - will this put an airbag error message on the sytem.

    soz guys - mine broke tonight (passenger side) and are about to check it out in the morning.


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    You might be able to fit it with the seat set at the upper height limit but would think it would be awkward. Disconnecting the airbags under the seat will not put error light on when reconneected - recommend disconnecting battery first. If you don't want to disconnect airbags try unbolting seat and tipping it forward.

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    cheers for the info tridley. especially abotu the battery disconnection part - dont want the side airbag possibly going off in my face..lol

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