3rd Row Seat Stuck in stowed position? How to fix it...
I had the 3rd row 2/3 seat stuck in the stowed position. This happened once before in warranty and the dealer fixed it, but wanted 150 to fix it this time. It's actually easy to fix.
TIP: Before I started, I examined the mechanism on the other 3rd row seat that still worked, doing so will give you insight of how to fix the broken one.
Here's how I fixed it:
Before beginning, make sure the working seat is in the UNSTOWED position to give you space to get under the broken one from the side.
1. Pull up on the broken seat while pulling the release handle on the back. If it feels like it is sticking on the side toward the outside of the van, this is probably the same problem I had. The cable that controls the latch slips out of its holder.
2. You should be able to pull up on the broken seat about 2-3 inches to look underneath with a flashlight. Prop something under it to hold it up while you work.
3. While looking across underneath, you should see the silver latch holding the seat in place. Pull up on the release handle (on the back of the seat) while watching. IF you don't see the cable attached to the latch moving, the cable has become detached.
4. Use a long screwdriver (I had some old 2 foot long screwdriver) or other long device similar and feed it under the seat, from the side, and push the latch toward the front of the vehicle to unlatch it. Once the latch is open, lift the seat.
5. Now, look under the seat directly under the release handle, you should see where the cables all come to a bracket. You should see that one has slipped out of the bracket. If you're not sure which cable it is, follow the cable back to the bracket from the latch you released in step 4.
6. The cable has an oblong shaped end that holds it in a oblong shaped hole on the bracket. Orient the cable end in the only way it will go through the hole, and push it through. ONce in place, the cable will naturally turn and hold itself in place.
The car is now fixed.
Well, it saved me 150 bucks and I didn't see anything else about it online, so hope this helps someone.