Partner 1996-2002 m49 front seat angle

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Partner 1996-2002 m49 front seat angle

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Hello. I've acquired a 2001 Partner MPV 1.9d and there doesn't appear to be any seat angle adjustment for the front seats. Is this what I'm stuck with or is there a magical way to change the angle of the backrest which is far more reclined than I'm used to? There is a lever towards the centre of the van for each seat but this only appears to unlock the seat back to fold it forward slightly and cannot be locked into a more upright position.
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Re: Partner 1996-2002 m49 front seat angle

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You need to check the side of the backrest (usually the right and side). There should be a large plastic wheel that you turn to adjust the backrest position. Here:
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Tip: don't try leaning back into the seat as you turn it - otherwise it can be a job to turn with your back weight on it.
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Re: Partner 1996-2002 m49 front seat angle

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Thanks Marc

There's no wheel at the side. I was expecting to see one, just the lever on the inner side. It also looks as though the screws are in too small a hole for the wheel to have been replaced with a screw. I'll have a play with the seats and see if they'll adjust by removing the trim on the outer side.
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Do you have the VIN for this vehicle so I can check the correct guide?...
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Re: Partner 1996-2002 m49 front seat angle

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Hi Marc

Not to worry, I figured it out. It was old and stuck but, the seat angle adjustment is done by pushing the lever toward the rear which releases the seat to spring forward. With a bit of wiggling the seat it came free and I was able to adjust it. Having always owned older cars I'm cautious with applying force and prefer to take my time. The next job for the pug is to replace some seat springs and the seat foam; my wife has already offered to repair the tear along the seam.

Cheers

Mike