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XC90 headrest not releasing when stowing rear seat

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Old Jun 24th, 2011, 12:26   #1
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Question XC90 headrest not releasing when stowing rear seat

Hello there,

I'm new to this forum so please bear with me if I've posted this in the wrong area!

I have a 2004 XC90 and I often adapt the flexible seating to meet my requirements - however, when folding down the rear-most seats (6+7), the headrest does not drop forwards so the seat can be stowed flat. This only happens on one seat, the other works fine.

I have noticed that there is a cable attached to the bottom of the seat back which, when you fold the seat forward, is tensioned and should release the catch which in turn unlocks the headrest. The cable is attached, appears to be tight etc, but even if I pull on the cable with pliers the headrest still does not release. I have applied some WD40 to the locking mechanism which is just visible inside the top of the seat back, but to no avail.

I have unsuccessfully searched online for other instances of this problem, so I was hoping that someone on here may have experienced this issue before and knows how to resolve it. I have managed to get the seat flat by sliding the middle rear seat in front of it forwards, but it is no longer flush with the other seats and legroom is restricted, so it's not an ideal solution.

Hope someone can help!
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Old Jun 24th, 2011, 12:41   #2
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hi jim welcome to the forum hope you resolve the problem let us know how you go on once you fix it ,good luck gary
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There are little plates that stick out the side of the seat frame, which has a plastic cover on it. If this falls off then it doesn't push the catch far enough. From memory this affects the seat folding mechanism, but I am not sure if it affects the headrest.





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Thanks for the help gents. I've had the issue looked at by a local mechanic who says the cable has broken, so he's ordered a replacement from Volvo. As mentioned previously, the cable was still tight when I tested it so I assume that it was broken in such a way that didn't loosen it entirely. If the replacement cable doesn't resolve the issue I will come back here and post an update.

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Thanks for the help gents. I've had the issue looked at by a local mechanic who says the cable has broken, so he's ordered a replacement from Volvo. As mentioned previously, the cable was still tight when I tested it so I assume that it was broken in such a way that didn't loosen it entirely. If the replacement cable doesn't resolve the issue I will come back here and post an update.

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Hi, good morning, did you manage to solve the problem by changing the cable?
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Hi, good morning, did you manage to solve the problem by changing the cable?
Hello Marsilli, this is almost an 8 year old thread and the op has not been active since June 2011 .... dont hold your breath for an answer ..... but maybe post your own question, you may get a better response.

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