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ML320 Rear Seat locked in down position

 
Old 10-28-2007, 06:30 PM
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ML320 Rear Seat locked in down position

The rear seat behind the driver side in my 2002 ML320 is in a locked down position. I can barely get my hand under it. I did find that the cable on the middle lever has come lose. The front lever cable appears to be fine. Yes, there is something stuck under the seat (dust mop). Is there a simple DIY to get the seat back up so I can reattach the cable? I've read several posts on the MB forum websites but no real specifics on what to do.
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:55 PM
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Hi,

I had a similar problem with my ML - do you have any pics which you can post? would make it simpler to see what is going on.

On my car, the cable had come out of it's housing. It was a simple 2 minute job - I placed the cable back into it's hook and it started to work fine.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:54 PM
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I don't know if a photo would help. I have the cable in my hand. It came loose from the lever and the release mechanism under the seat. I can see a dust mop that my wife uses under the seat so I am assuming it pushed the cable loose from its connection. The seat if flat against the floor to where I can barely get my hand under it. I am assuming that the release mechanism is on the right hand side of the seat towards the rear passenger side seat. Not sure if there is a work around from that side. Worst case, I have an appoint at the dealership tomorrow.

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:24 PM
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Kiva, have the exact same problem. How did you fix it? I am running out of ideas and it looks like professional help is going to be my only remedy because I can't get under the seat. Cost $$???
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:15 AM
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V1k - exactly the same problem with my ML270 CDi. Can't access the housing for the cables because the seat is flat against the floor! I have been told it's a case of poking around with a long screwdriver until (by luck) you hit the release mechanism. Went into my local dealer to ask advice and was told (with a grin) that it I'd have to take the whole seat apart. Don't even know how to start with that because I can't get at the upholstery to unhook it from the frame --- because the seat is flat against the floor. I now have a three seater ML270 .. any help?
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:26 AM
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I had a 2000 ML320 and had this problem.
I used a long flat metal ruler probably needs to be 450ml long by 30-40ml wide
The one I used was a large flat square for making picture frames,
but I guess any long flat metal will do.
You need to slide the ruler under the seat from the outside with the door
open.The mechanism is at the front of the seat on the insde.
The saet sits on 2 poles that have cables that rotate
a locking mechanism when you pull the handle.

I think you can feel under the front of the saet where the
the cable would go.

Its quite trickey but I got it in the ned.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:53 PM
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location of release - easy!!!

Look at seat from opposite side of vehicle. Towards front of the bottom of the seat base there is a steel "ear" with a small "knob" on it. Press on the "knob" inwards to rotate the latch, and have someone lift the seat. The cable tube is fitted in to spots to the seat frame, just snaps in. Re-snap these in place. Works just like a bicycle brake cable. These are dislodged when something is under the seat when lowered. Hopes this helps someone, was a b**** to figure out.
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:23 PM
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Smile Rear Seat Locked in Down Position

Having just discovered this forum I am delighted to inform you that with the 'words of wisdom' of one of your members I have just sucessfully released the rear (double section) seat which had been locked in the down position. It would seem that when lowering the seat a couple of weeks ago, a book was wedged under the seat and this (according to one of your members) could cause the cable to become loose and pop out of its cradle. I took it to my mercedes garage and they informed me that they had only had one case like it before and it had taken them over three hours to release it having had to remove the whole of the back seat and they estimated a cost of 350 (including discount). However, my reluctance to pay brought me to this forum today and using a 'ruler like' implement of 45cm in length (made by cutting up a saw) I managed to click open the mechanism. NOTE. Unlike the single rear seat behind the driver where the mechanism is at the front of the seat, on the double seat it is at the back. You can get a sightly better view of the mechanism by shining a torch down the side of the middle folding support arm at the back of the seat. Hey presto, my first attempt worked. I wish all members who have this problem to have the same amount of luck!!!!
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:22 PM
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rear seat locked in down position

I have a similar problem but mine is locked in the forward position so I can see the cable and everything. I don't know what an ear is to find the knob that supposedly releases it.

my cable seems to be too long. When I put it back in place, the lever pulls it but there's still slack in the cable so it doesn't pull on anything.

any ideas?
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:31 PM
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Did you figure out how to remove the slack? I put the cap back in the holder and there is still a lot of slack so that the handle does not actually engage the cylinders.

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I have a similar problem but mine is locked in the forward position so I can see the cable and everything. I don't know what an ear is to find the knob that supposedly releases it.

my cable seems to be too long. When I put it back in place, the lever pulls it but there's still slack in the cable so it doesn't pull on anything.

any ideas?
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ML500 Rear driver seat locked


I've figured out the whole cable thing and the seat can move forward and backward just fine. What I haven't found the answer to is why the backrest is still stuck in a down position and won't go back up even when I'm pulling the latch by the headrest that usually releases it, does anyone know how to fix that issue? The latch will pull out but doesn't seem to be working normal.
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