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Runnin'OnEmpty

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Hi guys. I recently bought another 2000 Sport that
came with the rear seat headrests in the up position,
and they won't go back down.

The search option turns up many threads on this, and
all the solutions say to just force them down. I've tried
applying force, but I don't want to bend the headrest
supports or damage the mechanism.

Is there a secret to getting the headrests down?

Thanks,
ROE
 



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Runnin'OnEmpty

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OK, I finally figured this out. There's a small spring
clip that's attached to the plastic bezel that the
headrest rods go through. Take a small screwdriver
and insert it under the bezel and push down on the
fabric and you can see the spring clip. Work from the
back of the headrest.

If you twist the clip with the screwdriver, or pull it
back a little to release pressure while pushing down
on the headrest, it'll slide on down.

A drop or two of oil on the spring clip should make
the headrest work easier in the future....

ROE
 






swshawaii

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Removing the retainer clips will enable you to remove the headrests, and replace them any time they are needed.

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mgenta

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This worked!

OK, I finally figured this out. There's a small spring
clip that's attached to the plastic bezel that the
headrest rods go through. Take a small screwdriver
and insert it under the bezel and push down on the
fabric and you can see the spring clip. Work from the
back of the headrest.

If you twist the clip with the screwdriver, or pull it
back a little to release pressure while pushing down
on the headrest, it'll slide on down.

A drop or two of oil on the spring clip should make
the headrest work easier in the future....

ROE



I'm kind of a dainty girl - and I've been wailing on, leaning on, beating the heck out of my head rest for about 6 months. Just took 5 minutes after reading this post with a flat head screw driver, pressed down on the fabric by both posts, found the spring and in 1 minute had the *#@%&#& thing down.

Thank you! I have to move next week and was plenty PO'd that couldn't put my seat down.
 






Runnin'OnEmpty

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You're welcome, glad the post helped someone.

Good pic of the clip, swshawaii.
 






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