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Old 10-18-2003, 01:41   #1 (permalink)
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Snapped bolt on seat height adjuster >:(

OK, the seat height thing started to slip in the ED, so I went to tighten the bolt and I snapped the head off.

Now the seat is stuck at full height, I have half the thread stuck in the hole which I tried to drill out, now I have snapped another screw in the hole trying to fasten it back down.

What are my options?

1. New seat?

2. Part of a new seat?

3. Drill it out and try to find a way of fastening the seat down?

This is really pissing me off, I hate driving like this, and this is going to be a pain in the arse to fix!

Please help!!

FF.com won't let me attach pictures, and I can't access my FTP for some reason (every things ****in breaking) so i can't show you what it looks like.
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Re: Snapped bolt on seat height adjuster >:(

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Re: Snapped bolt on seat height adjuster >:(

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Re: Snapped bolt on seat height adjuster >:(

Ok I have fixed it, I had to drill out the hole with a 5.5mm metal drill bit. I then used an 8mm tap to rethread the hole with a 1.25mm thread. I had to cut a 17mm hi-tensile steel bolt (8mm) to 10mm. That fixed the problem of having a thread stuck in there.

I then had to waste 4 drill bits and drill through the hardened steel washer that Ford use, so i could fit the 8mm bolt through it.

I then had to find where the clamp in the release mechanism was slipping and rotate the cog off the seat untill it meshed correctly. Upon doing that I bent the spring that holds the release mechanism against the cog to provide more tension.

I then lined it all up and re assembled the seat height lever, tightened it up to buggery and gave the seat a few hard kicks to see if it slipped.

It didn't.

Problem solved, thanks for reading this post. (not that anyone cared :( ...)

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I think you may have helped others, so thats the main thing
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