Back Seat Removal - Shock Replacement

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Old 27 Oct 2010, 08:45 am   #1 (permalink)
toyodriver
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Default Back Seat Removal - Shock Replacement

Hello -

I brought my car in to the mechanic yesterday for rear shock
replacements on my 2000 Toyota Camry LE V6. They also replaced the
sway bar bushings and checked out the stabilizer bar links but decided
they were okay.

This morning I noticed that the driver side of my rear seat cushion
doesn't seem to be latched properly. The passenger side of the rear
seat cushion is very stable and secure but the driver side lifts up
easily, Before I call them, I wanted to know if the back seat cushion
is typically removed during this type of repair and inspection.

Anyone know?
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Old 27 Oct 2010, 09:09 am   #2 (permalink)
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"toyodriver" <theamp@historyonline.net> wrote in message
news:4d15edb2-25f0-49d7-8300-dcf375634217@j2g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
> Hello -
>
> I brought my car in to the mechanic yesterday for rear shock
> replacements on my 2000 Toyota Camry LE V6. They also replaced the
> sway bar bushings and checked out the stabilizer bar links but decided
> they were okay.
>
> This morning I noticed that the driver side of my rear seat cushion
> doesn't seem to be latched properly. The passenger side of the rear
> seat cushion is very stable and secure but the driver side lifts up
> easily, Before I call them, I wanted to know if the back seat cushion
> is typically removed during this type of repair and inspection.
>
> Anyone know?


According to the How-to site access is done through the trunk. No mention of
the back seat at all:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4507789_repl...a-corolla.html

Scroll down on that page as it gives steps for rear shock replacement below
the instructions for front shocks.

You may want to check the related links to the left as they talk about strut
replacement and stabilizer (although it seems that's front only on the
Corolla).

Econo-cars


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Old 27 Oct 2010, 11:49 am   #3 (permalink)
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On Oct 27, 10:09*am, "econo_cars" <reply_to_Group_o...@Use-Author-
Supplied-Address.invalid> wrote:
> "toyodriver" <the...@historyonline.net> wrote in message
>
> news:4d15edb2-25f0-49d7-8300-dcf375634217@j2g2000yqf.googlegroups.com...
>
> > Hello -

>
> > I brought my car in to the mechanic yesterday for rear shock
> > replacements on my 2000 Toyota Camry LE V6. They also replaced the
> > sway bar bushings and checked out the stabilizer bar links but decided
> > they were okay.

>
> > This morning I noticed that the driver side of my rear seat cushion
> > doesn't seem to be latched properly. The passenger side of the rear
> > seat cushion is very stable and secure but the driver side lifts up
> > easily, Before I call them, I wanted to know if the back seat cushion
> > is typically removed during this type of repair and inspection.

>
> > Anyone know?

>
> According to the How-to site access is done through the trunk. No mentionof
> the back seat at all:http://www.ehow.com/how_4507789_repl...toyota-corolla....
>
> Scroll down on that page as it gives steps for rear shock replacement below
> the instructions for front shocks.
>
> You may want to check the related links to the left as they talk about strut
> replacement and stabilizer (although it seems that's front only on the
> Corolla).
>
> Econo-cars


Well you gave me a good headstart in researching my answer. I found
this at that site
http://www.ehow.com/how_4507788_repl...ota-camry.html
and it does say to remove the rear seat cushions.

So my next question is, how do you get the rear seat cushion back in
place? If it's easy I'll give it a try before heading back to the
mechanic.

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Old 28 Oct 2010, 01:55 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Back Seat Removal - Shock Replacement

I had the same issue with my 2000 Camry LE 4cyl. They do have to get
behind the seat cushions as the strut mounts are located just behind
the little thin pieces of cushion on each side.

To get to the bolt holding that down, you must remove the bottom seat
cushion (The part you sit on). Its quite easy to remove, just lift it
straight up with some force. It is quite stiff, but will unclip with
some effort

Then there should be a bolt (not sure what size) holding down that
piece of cushion. Chances are, they did not seat the cushion in place
properly or have not tightened the bolt down tight enough or have not
replaced it at all. Hope this helps!
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