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Bucket seat return spring
Posted by: bmarsh52 ()
Date: June 23, 2022 02:09PM

Is the long return spring on bucket seats necessary for operation of the seat adjustment?

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Re: Bucket seat return spring
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: June 24, 2022 12:01AM

WAG

Not necessarily for operation, but I believe the spring holds the lever in a slot.

Without the spring, I would assume the lever could come out of the slot and the seat would move back and forth on its track. Maybe not at the best time when you are driving the car.

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Re: Bucket seat return spring
Posted by: caroseiii ()
Date: June 24, 2022 06:06AM

There are two springs. The long one slides the seat back from extending. The short one latches the locking pawl.

C.A. Rose
Metairie, LA
1962 Spyders

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Re: Bucket seat return spring
Posted by: bmarsh52 ()
Date: June 24, 2022 09:51AM

Ok but does the long spring, not the short lever spring, have any impact on the locking mechanism? It appears to be just a helper spring for the track.

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Re: Bucket seat return spring
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: June 26, 2022 04:48AM

Retainer (latch) and assist (track guide) springs. Take them out and see how it doesn't function like GM designed it.

Latch spring removal - seat won't stay in any position except full rearward until you brake hard.

Assist spring removal - Will not bring seat full forward when latch pulled and no weight in seat. More energy need to get seat in a comfortable postion. Great to move it full rearward, without sitting in the seat.

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