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Old November 30th, 2010, 10:35   #1
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Default 2000 jetta drivers seat not locking

As stated in the title, I have a 2k Jetta. The seats are manual. My wife and I both drive the car and have different length legs, so we are constantly adjusting the seat. Today I got into the car, pulled the lever and pushed the seat back and it would not lock into place. I did a search on this problem, but did not find anything helpful. Does anyone know how to get the locking mechanism to engage so the the seat will lock into position?
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Old December 1st, 2010, 06:07   #2
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Same thing happened in our 2000 Golf. It was simply dirt / lack of lube interfering with the mechanism under the seat. Get some '3 in 1' spray (ie, lubricant, penetrant, and corrosion inhibitor all in 1 can), look under the seat from front & rear and you'll be able to see where the cable goes to when you pull the lever. Spray the cable, mechanism, and rails that the seat slides on (ie, anything that moves) and that should do the trick.

The above worked for me and provided over a year of perfect operation until the car was totalled
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Old March 27th, 2011, 16:00   #3
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My driver seat did this a few weeks ago (heard an audible "crack" on the way home from work one night), but luckily I drive with it adjusted rearward. I found two halves to a round plastic bracket under my seat, so I guess the cable went through it and provided the tension when the handle was pulled. Are these parts even available new/separately? I really don't need an entire seat!

You ever get resolution to your problem thehedonist?
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Old March 27th, 2011, 20:16   #4
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I tried spraying some wd40 on the locking mechanism. It worked after a minute or 2 once the lubricant had a chance to soak in.
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Old May 9th, 2011, 17:47   #5
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I had this happen this past fall, and lived with it as it was too cold here in Mich to be messing around for long periods on the underside of the seat. Thing is, it was still doing it, until very recently. Now, it's not. Seems the warmth cured it? I did try to spray some silicone under there, last fall, but it did nothing. Wasn't sure I was spraying in the right spot, so planned to try again with warmer weather, but if it's cured, I guess I'm all set. Or, will this be a recurring issue come colder weather again?
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Old November 24th, 2012, 10:14   #6
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I love this place. The Beetle seat would not stay in position last night. I thought something was broken. Did a search. Took a look and all parts seemed good and the cable was tight, but everything down there was drier than a nun. Lubed up her sliders and pins and she just slips into place.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 17:51   #7
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Hello, I am new to the forums and had a situation with my fiancé's carseat latch not locking on her 2003 VW Jetta. Being a complete and utter automotive ignoramus, I was surprised to see that the fix was in most cases lubricant. So easy it blew my mind...

So I pulled out the WD-40 and squirted (liberally) the locking mechanism attached to the rail the seat slides on, tried the latch 10 seconds later, and now I am my fiancé's hero. Thanks to you very generous people sharing your knowledge.

Also wanted to comment on another user's post that the seat wouldn't lock when it all of a sudden got cold. Same here.

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Old January 27th, 2013, 10:03   #8
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Just had to do this on my car. Here's a bit of clarification.
Scoot the seat all the way back so that the adjustment mechanism comes to the front. You will see two black U channels on each side of a brassy colored rail that runs down the middle. There will be holes in the rail which the locking pin slides into. The pin is inside a spring loaded tube, so you can't spray lubricant directly onto the pin easily sometimes. You will see a black cable going into the side of the locking mechanism. On the opposite side you can stick the straw from your favourite lubricant into the hole and spray it. Work the lever until you can feel the pin sliding in and out with the straw. Wouldn't hurt to spray a good wax or gease lubricant onto the black U channels and run the seat forward and backwards to distribute it too.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 13:38   #9
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In my case, after 200k miles, the pin was just low enough to not go into the hole. A little upward pressure and it clicked into place. If I dare move the seat, I have to repeat that or hear clickclickclickclickclick back and forth....
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Old January 27th, 2013, 18:26   #10
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The cold weather keeps bringing out rashes of similar issues.
The drivers seat got stuck at full extension on my 03 and my short legged wife needed it for a trip the next day.
I did a little looking at the release mechanism and saw how gummed up the innards were. A spray with brakleen , a wipe down with a towel, then lube the sliding pin and housing and it is good as new.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 13:46   #11
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And the pin in mine didn't extend enough yesterday.
It looked to me as if the pin and holder slipped backward in the metal clip that secures in at x distance from the holed / detented track. I was going to remove the clip, slide the pin and its holder closer to the track, and then reinstall the clip.
But now I'll go with the concensus and re-apply some penetrant lubricant instead.
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Old January 28th, 2013, 15:39   #12
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And the pin in mine didn't extend enough yesterday.
It looked to me as if the pin and holder slipped backward in the metal clip that secures in at x distance from the holed / detented track. I was going to remove the clip, slide the pin and its holder closer to the track, and then reinstall the clip.
But now I'll go with the concensus and re-apply some penetrant lubricant instead.
That was my first thought and I did fiddle with the clip and pin to move it back towards the clip end to allow the pin to withdraw completely
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