Cheesy Lumbar Adjustment

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Volvette, Mar 4, 2004.

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    Volvette Guest

    True to form, the lumbar mechanism on my 4th Volvo in a row just broke. Is
    it still a few hundred dollars to replace, mostly labor?
    Volvette, Mar 4, 2004
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    Peter Milnes Guest

    Don't be silly. Repair kits are available from IPD on at
    quite a bit less than that and can be installed for free if you know how.

    Cheers, Peter.

    : True to form, the lumbar mechanism on my 4th Volvo in a row just broke. Is
    : it still a few hundred dollars to replace, mostly labor?
    Peter Milnes, Mar 4, 2004
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    Rob Guenther Guest

    How do they break? Our's is cranked fully.... out I guess (hardnest setting)
    and it's never snapped... And it never snapped in our 740's, or 240's...
    Does it break from adjusting it a lot?
    Rob Guenther, Mar 4, 2004
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    R Zych Guest

    My lumbar support also broke. The white plastic screw adjustment (the part
    that attaches to the knob) broke. I removed the seat cover, be careful the
    wire clips are sharp when you cut them with side cutters. I removed the
    lumbar mechanism then with the plastic adjuster screw I removed the pin and
    replaced it with 2 short machine screws, I then drilled a hole in the broken
    piece and used a 2" x # 10 machine screw and screwed the pieces back
    together (add a little super glue to the mating pieces for a stronger fix).
    I the reinstalled the lumbar mechanism and the seat cover(use plastic ties
    to replace the wire clips that you had cut). and the total job cost me about
    25 cents and about one hours time.

    Zyggy 89 745 GL
    R Zych, Mar 4, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    Depends how it broke, either way the parts aren't very expensive and
    sometimes you can improvise, replacement is just a matter of removing the
    seat, snipping the upholstery clips, roll the fabric up, fix the thing then
    roll it back down and use wire ties to secure the fabric.

    Some people seem to have much worse luck with these, the lumbar support was
    broken on my 240 when I got it and on my brother's '79, but none of the
    other Volvos we've had have ever had it break and once repaired none have re
    broken either.
    James Sweet, Mar 5, 2004
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    Volvette Guest

    I have had 4 740s or 960s. Everyone has broken. These are power leather
    seats and are a pain in the butt to pull out or strip.
    Volvette, Mar 6, 2004
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    Rob Guenther Guest

    I would imagine it would be a pain... But do you know why they break? Is it
    from adjustments by different people using it, or is it from pressure from
    the driver leaning his or her back into it over time?

    I' asking just because ours hasn't snapped, and it's on the tightest
    setting... wondering if I should relieve the stress on it a little.
    Rob Guenther, Mar 6, 2004
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