How to Replace your Broken Seat Release Handle in Six Easy Steps
Does your vehicle have rear seat or cargo areas that cannot be readily accessed through the doors? Then a small but important part of your vehicle is the seat release handle. This part is needed to let your passengers ride into the rear seat of your vehicle with ease. When this part wears out or gets broken, it would be a hassle for you to move the seat and lean it forward. The seat release handle is usually made out of tough plastic, but due to age and carelessness of use, it can break and wear out. When this happens, it is important that you replace it with a new part as soon as possible. You can purchase a replacement part online, and you can install it on your own.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Needle nose pliers
- Cloth or rag
- Flat blade screw driver
- Replacement seat release handle
Step 1: Check the condition of the seat release handles of your vehicle. You can find one in each seat. You may also refer to your vehicle's owner's manual to find the exact location of these handles, in case you are not that familiar.
Step 2: Look into the seat where the handle that you would like to replace is located. Upon close inspection, you will see a metal rod where the pull handle is clipped onto. You may ask for an assistant to hold a flashlight for you, or work on your vehicle in broad sunlight.
Step 3: Once you see the metal rod, you should see a metal clip at the end of it. Using a pair of needle nose pliers, remove the clip carefully. Make sure not to break it or else it will be more difficult for you to replace the handle.
Step 4: Once you have removed the clip, clean the rod with a cloth or rag. Remove any dirt or debris that stuck in the metal before installing the new part. This is to ensure that the new seat release handle will not succumb to wear and tear easily.
Step 5: After ensuring that the rod is clean, you can now replace the handle with a new part. Do not reuse the old handle especially if it already has cracks or signs of wear and tear.
Step 6: Use a flat blade screw driver and push up on the rod, leaving the metal clip on the end. Try to push the handle back on. The handle would either stay there or pop off. Check the condition of the clip as well, in case it needs to be replaced.
And just like that, your seat release handle is again ready for use. The installation of the new part is very easy that it would just take you 15 to 30 minutes to replace one handle. It is important that you take time to clean your seats and check the condition of the handle as often as you can, especially if you operate the handle often.