How to Remove and Install a Seat Knob on Your Ride
Even if the shocks and struts of the vehicle effectively dampen vibrations from the road and keep the ride smooth, the drive can get really tiring if the journey lasts for hours. It can only get more uncomfortable if you can't adjust the seats because the seat adjustment knob is cracked, torn, or stuck. After some time, you can feel your back aching and your muscles getting sore. You don't have to bear the discomfort any longer. Grab a new knob for the seat, so you can adjust it to a proper angle. Here's a quick guide to installing a seat knob:
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- Replacement seat knob
- Philips head screwdriver
- 90-degree pick
Step 1: Know what kind of seat knob your car has. The design and form of the knob will let you know what tools you'll need and how you can remove the part and install a new one. It may be secured in place with screws and held in position by knobs. The vehicle user manual can be your guide for its design and specs.
Note: The seat knob comes in different forms. In the case of 1981 to 1993 Mustangs, this comes as a seat back latch knob, while in the 1997 Ford Contour, it's designed as a rotary knob. The process of replacing the knob is straightforward, and you can easily modify the steps according to the knob design.
Step 2: Inspect the seat adjustment knob and other broken seat parts. You may also check the bezel, mounting hardware, and other seat components. The knob might be cracked, loose, or even missing. The screws may also be too tight that they already broke the bezel or other seat parts. If there's still a remaining part of the knob on the latch, pull it off the shaft using a pair of pliers. In some cases, you just have to pry off the knob using a pick. Rotary knobs may have a center part that you have to remove first before moving on to the main rotary knob.
Step 3: Remove the screws using a Philips head screwdriver to get access inside. You may have to pull out a broken bezel off the seat, particularly for the seat back latch knob. Slide in a new bezel and make sure that the tabs are lined up and clipped into place.
Step 4: Put in the new seat adjustment or recline adjustment knob. Install it according to the knob design. Screw it in place or lock it into its position, depending on the attaching or mounting hardware used for the knob.
Step 5: Adjust the seat to see if the knob is installed properly. If something's stuck or it doesn't move as smoothly as it should, check the seat knob and the other hardware.
The job takes just a few minutes. With the right tools and a compatible replacement part, even a beginner can handle the task of removing and replacing the seat adjustment knob.