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Old 03-13-2005, 08:53 PM
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'03 Altima fold-down rear seat won't lock.

Hi. I have a '03 Altima and I am have a problem with my fold-down rear set. It doesn't seem to want to lock. I heard air coming in to the car when it was in motion, so I checked the button to see if maybe it was stuck in the open position, but it wasn't. No matter how hard I push the seat back the latch just doesn't want to catch. I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this problem. Thanks for any info.
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Old 03-14-2005, 01:44 AM
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I never knew our rear seats folded down
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I have the same problem with mine.
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I had this problem when I replaced my rear speakers. Make sure those straps you pull to unlock the seats are looped correctly through the holes in the back.
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Mine is the same too, does not close. I think you can only use the valet key to lock it, try with that or something
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Same thing here. This is what I did. Fold the seat down and you will notice a metal latch, in my situation the metal latch was not properly "releasing" and was stuck in the locked position. I had to stick my finger in there and pull it out. I also used a little lithium grease (in an aresol can) to lubricate the entire assembly. Worked for me, I don't know if you have the same problem, but you might want to check it out. Good luck.
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mine "lock" when I push them back closed ..
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Mine work fine. Make sure the pull loops than hang down in the trunk don't have any tension on them since they could just be keeping the release open, also make sure the fabric on the rear of the seatback isn't covering up the metal loop on the back of the seat...that could also keep it from latching.
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Thanks for your replies. No matter how hard it slam the seat it just wont catch. I tried to see if the latch was stuck in the lock position, but it wasn't. I guess I am gonad have to bring it in to Nissan.
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Old 03-14-2005, 04:23 PM
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hahah i'm glad someone posted about this.

The DAY i drove my car home, i folded down the seats to move some industrial lights..
it's never locked since and I didn't figure out the issue.
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I had this problem when I replaced my rear speakers. Make sure those straps you pull to unlock the seats are looped correctly through the holes in the back.
Yep, this is what was wrong with mine recently. The release straps that hang down in the trunk were not routed through the correct holes so they were resisting the latch release and therefore the latches were being held open. Verify that the straps are routed through the holes and you can pull them and they release/reset correctly.
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