3rd row seat latch stuck

Asked by Jan 23, 2016 at 07:48 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3rd row (bench seat) on 2001 suburban is stuck one side of the seat is
latched in the other side is not   now i cant get it to un latch to remove it HELP

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Just had the same problem. Saw an answer on another forum that worked. My left rear latch was engaged, but no others were. The release levers didn't work, so I couldn't fold the bench down. Answer: be sure the latches that are free are in the closed position as if they were clasped around the anchor bar to immobilized and lock down the bench (not actually locked down). This will allow you to lift on lever 1 to release and fold the bench back closed. Then you will be able to pull and release lever 2 to disengage the bench completely (including problem latch that was the only one locked down). Apparently, this is a safety feature that turns into a major pain in the *** because I didn't find it documented anywhere. What a *****. Hope this helps someone else, because there will be more . . .

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This helped big time!! Wish I found this forum an hour ago lol

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Awesome! Really glad it helped. You're lucky it was only an hour. :) I remember blood, sweat, furry, banging, pounding, throwing, curse words, etc. Ah, the simple pleasures of life. Ha

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On my 05 suburban I had to spray some WD40 on the rear catches to install the seat. Then, I had to manually from the front with a flat screwdriver release the front latches so that I could get the seat out. I found that the little plastic ends of the "3" cable were off the peg they are supposed to move to release. Hopefully, it won't be such a nightmare next time.

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Id been using my bench as a seat in the garage since I last removed it and created my initial post. Well, I finally organized and cleaned the garage in prep for doing a valve adjustment on my bike and decided to fold the bench back up and set it aside . . . but again I couldnt get the damn thing closed and, slightly embarrassingly, had to refer back to my own instructions. Not sure if that whole act caused a small tear in the space/time continuum or not, but if so, my apologies.

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Thanks for letting me know the latches needed to ALL be in a closed position. After a few attempts I was finally able to move my seat back in place. I had three latches that were stuck open so the seat would not fold down. The right (passenger side) front and right back latches and the middle back latch had to be pushed closed for the seat to fold. I closed them with a lot of thumb pressure. after raising the seat slightly and putting a block of wood under lit so I could push the plastic hook latches in a closed position. Then I lifted lever 1, 2, 3.. After that no problem!, pulled the seat out and rolled it back into its proper position.

This worked perfectly on my 02! Propped up the right side, pushed the rear middle and rear right latches to the closed position. The number 1 lever engaged, seat folded, pulled the 3 cord, seat came right out. Thank you!!!!!

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