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  • Today I'm going to replace the second row seat back recline lever in my

  • Acura MDX.

  • It's a 2002 year model.

  • so, I'll try to

  • show you what I'm doing as I go.

  • So, the problem I'm having is that

  • this lever

  • that allows the seat to lay all the way down

  • is not-

  • seemingly not attached to anything now.

  • So, I'm gonna have to

  • look in there and see what's wrong with the cable

  • or the lever and see what's broken.

  • So step one is to slide the seat all the way forward. So we just...

  • If you own this car, you know how to do that.

  • Flip up that lever, push it

  • all the way forward.

  • Step two is to remove the

  • the uh... pivot bolt cover which is this cover right here. It's just snapped on.

  • So, you can just

  • pop it off like that.

  • It has a couple of places where it snaps in.

  • We have here a Torx T30 bit

  • ...and removing the pivot bolt from the right side in the same way.

  • [ratchet wrench clicking]

  • The next step is to remove the back cover of the seat that uh...

  • It's good to note that--right now that I have the service manual

  • for the '01-'02 MDX. You can buy it from acura

  • for about seventy dollars and it's well worth the price

  • So,

  • it has

  • full instructions on how to remove the back seat cover and tells you where

  • all the clips are. I'm doing the right side.

  • So, this is where all the clips are

  • underneath the

  • back cover. So, as I remove it I can just pop those all loose.

  • And here's a close-up of

  • actually what the clip looks like so

  • you know what we're detaching.

  • So to remove the back seat cover

  • I'm just gonna start at the bottom.

  • Just give it a good pull. You won't hurt it.

  • And just work your way up the sides.

  • I believe I have to remove this plastic cover here.

  • So let me do that. Hang on.

  • OK, so weíve got to take this little plastic cover off before we can take

  • the back cover off.

  • And so the first thing to do is to remove this little screw

  • from inside the lever

  • cover.

  • And it's just a small Phillip's head.

  • Go ahead and get in there

  • and get that loose.

  • All right.

  • Once you have that off

  • you can take off the rest of

  • the cover. This cover has some screw--some hidden screws underneath

  • the sticker labels.

  • You have to take those off

  • and save those. Don't let them get dirty.

  • And underneath these two labels

  • are slightly larger Phillip's head screws.

  • Just take those out.

  • Now this plastic trim just comes off like that.

  • And we can

  • continue taking off the seat back now.

  • That's that. So, now that I have the seat back off, I can see that

  • only the bottom

  • snapsóI donít know if you can see that--

  • the bottom had these snap ins.

  • And then the rest of these

  • were supposed to

  • slide or

  • could slide out but

  • they didn't snap out so easy.

  • They actually pulled

  • out of the backing so

  • I'll have to deal with that in a minute. I'll have to pull them all out

  • and put 'em back in there

  • to reinstall this.

  • OK, next I want to get to the

  • bracket covers.

  • There's an outer and inner on the other side

  • (bracket covers).

  • So I'm gonna have to take off this part of the seat cover

  • by releasing

  • these clips right here.

  • So, I'm going to get to those.

  • These clips here

  • are just a little metal rings that have been crimped

  • on there like that. So...

  • to get them off--

  • what worked for me is I grabbed one side with a pair of pliers

  • stuck a screwdriver in the other side

  • and just pried it open.

  • You have to grab it very firmly.

  • I'm trying not to pry it open any more than I have to because I'm gonna

  • want to put this back.

  • Just pry it open enough to

  • get it off of there.

  • When it comes off

  • it looks like that.

  • You can see that against the background.

  • So there's four

  • on this side.

  • OK, now with the, um--

  • with the seat cover loose we're in a position to

  • remove the right

  • outer bracket which is this plastic piece right here.

  • There's two screws holding it on. There's one here and there's one covered by a little

  • trim cover here which we can just pop out with a

  • flat screwdriver.

  • These are both uh probably

  • number two

  • Phillip's head screws.

  • It's good if you have a magnetic

  • screw driver head.

  • These can grab the screw. This one's not very long It's just a small, short screw.

  • Once I have this bracket loose--

  • in order to remove it--

  • I'll need to go ahead and

  • take this

  • pivot bracket off.

  • Then just pull it out like that

  • and around there.

  • And that's the bracket cover.

  • Now I can see my cables here.

  • The one I'm interested in

  • is this one. You can see it--

  • it's not even snug against there so

  • you can't even pull the cable.

  • This one here is the one that allows the seat

  • to lay over...I mean--

  • too slide forward. This one

  • allows the seat to slide forward.

  • This one here allows the seat

  • to actually lay all the way down.

  • When it pull this up all the way

  • the seat lays down.

  • So something is not connected up there or not tight.

  • As you can see, that's loose.

  • Now we're ready to take out the

  • reclining lever.

  • So we have to pry up this cover.

  • Again using a flat blade screwdriver.

  • Just get under there

  • and pop that out.

  • This is what the cover looks like.

  • And then there's two

  • Phillip's head screws here.

  • OK, and then we remove this.

  • after the Phillip's head screws are loose this

  • should come out.

  • And, of course, the cable is holding on to it so we'll have to release the cable.

  • So to release the cable

  • we need to detach these clips here--

  • this black one, right here

  • (clip A in the

  • shop manual).

  • Just push it down really hard and that'll pop loose. See how it

  • snaps on there.

  • And then detach clip B. Just push it out of the bracket

  • towards the front of the car, I believe.

  • It's a little bit more stubborn

  • I'll get a little bit of

  • prying in here

  • behind it.

  • There we go. It just pops right out of there.

  • This bracket here.

  • So now it's loose

  • and you can just pull

  • this out the top.

  • And we have

  • the whole bracket assembly

  • and cable out.

  • You could uh... just reorder this whole assembly, I imagine, from an OEM

  • parts distributor

  • but

  • to see what's wrong

  • inside of here--

  • because the cable is not connected--

  • I'm gonna open it up. I'm gonna try

  • punching this pin out

  • and then taking

  • the handle off and then seeing

  • what came loose and seeing if it's something that I can

  • just reattach or

  • if I need to order a new one.

  • On the back of this assembly thereís a, um,

  • spring that

  • I wanna

  • just get loose there 'cause I don't want it to

  • pop out whenever I

  • remove the pin.

  • I'll just take

  • this nail

  • and spring it over like. OK, so then this is free.

  • And then I just-- used this nail to punch down into

  • this just lightly tapping it with the hammer.

  • Just punch this

  • out the other end. You can see it's coming out.

  • I need to punch it a little bit further

  • to get it all the way out.

  • Once I got the pin out a little ways

  • on this side

  • I was able to uh...

  • to just spread this out and pop the whole assembly out

  • and this comes off.

  • So now I can see

  • what happened. This is

  • just a plastic part

  • that was

  • attached to the end of the cable.

  • Let's see if I can get the end out.

  • Here's the cable end

  • that fit right in there

  • It went in that hole

  • and then engaged

  • and uh...

  • from use, it just

  • broke this plastic part. So this is what I'll have to order

  • or else uh... I can

  • effect some sort of repair maybe by

  • uh... placing metal on here-riveting it on or something but I think I'll just order

  • a new part probably.

  • But that's the cause of the problem.

  • Okay! Hold the phone. I may have just had a brilliant idea.

  • Since this is uh...

  • this bracket is made for um... both sides of the car

  • and on the left side you have a double

  • cable system where it releases in the center and on the left.

  • On the right side you just have a single cable- this one right here-

  • that only releases

  • the right side.

  • So, I believe I can use this same actuator. Since this part has never been used its

  • not broken yet.

  • So I'll just take this cable-see there's two holes coming up through the bracket.

  • ll just take it out of this one

  • and move it over to the other side.

  • Just snap it in place on the other side.

  • You might need a

  • pair of pliers or something for this.

  • just grab it like that.

  • Give it a little help here.

  • Push it over.

  • OK, so to get this over I just used a screwdriver and stuck it in the hole

  • and pried it back into place.

  • Now, I'm gonna take this cable,

  • install it

  • in the hole.

  • There's a key slot hole.

  • And just pop that into place the same way with the screwdriver.

  • Just pop it down into place like that. Okay?

  • And then we just reinstall it in the reverse order of how we took it out.

  • Another note about putting the seat back together:

  • When I took the back off of the seat

  • you can see where the uh...

  • the uh... attachment fasteners

  • just pulled out of the back. So

  • I need to get those out of the seat and put ëem back in here before I can

  • reattach the seat

  • because the uh.. these key holes donít all line up the same way. So it canít just slide back

  • on.