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3rd row seat won't open

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by 99monguse, Dec 14, 2010.

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  1. 99monguse

    99monguse New Member

    Took my 3rd row bench seat out of my 2001 suburban to get my Xmas tree in and I noticed the seat won't open. There's a lever on the back that you lift and that allows the backrest to move up and down to allow for the seat to be folded down or sat in but the lever will only move a little bit, thus...not allowing the backrest to raise; so we can't use the seat now. Has anyone ever ran across this yet?
  2. 04-silverado

    04-silverado New Member 100 Posts

    I haven't encountered such a problem on GM vehicles, but have on both early-90s Dodge Caravan and late-80s Ford Bronco. Both had fold-down/removable bench seats near the back door. We didn't use the seats much at all, had them folded-down most of the time.

    Seems the pressure exerted by the fullness of the seat cushioning material put a lot of pressure on the latching mechanism (once the seat was folded down). We used to have to momentarily "sit on" the seat back (much like trying to close an over-stuffed suitcase), to release the pressure on that latch... then we could release the latch with ease (and raise the seat). It may not solve your problem, but you might try it.

    hth - karl
  3. DAREDEVIL

    DAREDEVIL New Member 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    When u pull the lever, PRESS ( or sit ) on the closed seat untill engaged !!!!!! HELPS !!!!
  4. 99monguse

    99monguse New Member

    I will try this tonight. Thanx
  5. WW_KROIL

    WW_KROIL New Member

    I had the same problem in my 07 and come to find out the cable was broke and if I remeber correctly from the service guy at the dealership you have to pull the seat cover off to get the cable. I could be wrong on that it was when I first picked the truck up it was broke I tired to pull the one out..
  6. bjw8586

    bjw8586 New Member

    My parents have a 2001 suburban and they had the same problem, the center latch has to be fully engage to fold the seat down. Im not sure if u can use a screw driver and try and get the center latch to engage. if that doesnt work we had to take off the passenger side cover and move the metal peace, on the very end of the lever, down and out of the way so the lever can come up.
  7. 99monguse

    99monguse New Member

    I messed with that thing for hours. I ended up taking it to an interior trim shop. The cables had too much slack in them.

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