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burmagirl
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seat bushes advice/help please

Post by burmagirl » Sun 13 Aug, 2017 17:05

Hello everyone

I was wondering if there were still any members in my area (Herts/Beds/Cambs) with experience of changing the seat bushes. I've bought seat bushes from aceman and I really need to get them on now as my seat, at least, is now rocking quite significantly.

I have the instructions but my OH, not very mechanically-minded, especially where cars are concerned, is very reluctant to attempt it especially as time is at a premium and he is afraid that, especially if something goes wrong, it will take ages. Is there anyone locally who could please come and advise - or even do it by phone - and knows the pitfalls that might ensue?

Those who know me will know that in the past I've done stuff such as put in roll hoops and heated sports seats but the last thing was about 10 years ago and my knees are too bad to crouch or kneel down and help (although I can still oversee!!) at present.

very many thanks in advance

Sue

alec.m
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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by alec.m » Mon 14 Aug, 2017 12:35

Hi Sue, If you haven`t seen it there`s a very good write up in the knowledgebase.
viewtopic.php?f=18&t=30402

burmagirl
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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by burmagirl » Mon 14 Aug, 2017 13:17

Hello Alec

thanks for your reply - I did print out the thread and gave it to him- I think that's what put him off!

I asked my garage, too - they said they'd never done any seat bushes and didn't seem particularly enthusiastic. I was surprised as they do a lot of BMW work and I think the passenger seat on Alan's 530i has the same problem!

Sue

alec.m
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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by alec.m » Mon 14 Aug, 2017 16:35

Hi Sue,
I think the written description can be quite daunting but when you actually get started it makes sense. Lots of pics on your phone as you progress is always a good reference for when you put it back together. I`ve had Zs for 5 years now and touch wood I`ve not had too much to do apart from routine servicing.
Good luck
Alec

burmagirl
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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by burmagirl » Mon 14 Aug, 2017 16:54

Hello Alec

I'm sure you're right! Once I made sense of the photo showing the old bushes it did make sense. One of the reasons (apart from price, if it takes them time because it's all new to them) I didn't want to use the garage is that when I put my sports seats in they were from a 1998 M and my current Z is a 2001 and it seemed difficult to get hold of suitable connectors so I soldered and joined the harnesses. It mans that without taking the wiring apart and then rewiring, which I would rather not do, the seats can only come just out of the car so it's a bit restrictive although I think I did do all the soldering with the seats upside down just outside the car. It's over 10 years ago so I can't really remember; I hope there's room to turn them over and get to the bushes.

regards

Sue

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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by burmagirl » Mon 14 Aug, 2017 16:55

I should have said, unfortunately I didn't take step by step photos when I did it. And connectors would have been a far easier option...

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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by NZ00Z3 » Tue 15 Aug, 2017 00:12

The seat bushings can be replaced without disconnecting the wiring. Just carefully twist the seat forward and lay it with the back across the hand brake. The wiring is just long enough. Have done this on Z3's with standard and sport seats.

burmagirl
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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by burmagirl » Tue 15 Aug, 2017 09:16

Great, thanks for that - I wonder if that's how I did the wiring as I can't think how I could have reached with the seat out of the car. I've been trying to visualise myself doing it but I just can't!

I did leave as much wire on both looms as I could, in case anything had to be changed. The wiring has remained secure so far with the only problem being the inevitable one with the air bags, which happens occasionally even though I have those yellow connectors secured with cable ties.

I'll get my OH to take another look at the instructions with that in mind. Did you have any problems at all?

regards

Sue

Geoff Crispin
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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by Geoff Crispin » Mon 23 Oct, 2017 11:10

Hi Sue
Did you succeed in fitting new bushes ?
With the help of a friend did mine the other week and followed Acemans instructions stage at a time and it was straight forward, The instructions are very clear. Geoff

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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by burmagirl » Mon 23 Oct, 2017 11:21

Hello Geoff

thanks for the message - not had a chance to do it yet unfortunately. I really need to do it soon as it's quite bad now, but we work weekends as well so finding some time is quite difficult. Can I ask how long it too, please?

regards

Sue

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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by Fender2004 » Mon 23 Oct, 2017 14:46

Have a look on YouTube as there is a step by step guide in three videos.
Don’t forget not to put the ignition on while the seat is out of the car otherwise the seatbelt light will need resetting.
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Tilly
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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by Tilly » Mon 23 Oct, 2017 20:35

burmagirl wrote:
Mon 23 Oct, 2017 11:21
Hello Geoff

thanks for the message - not had a chance to do it yet unfortunately. I really need to do it soon as it's quite bad now, but we work weekends as well so finding some time is quite difficult. Can I ask how long it too, please?

regards

Sue
Hi Sue,

I did both our Z's and it takes just over 1 hour per car. I followed the instructions found in the knowledge base. The areas to closely follow are make sure you measure the position of the threaded bar still attached in each of the runners and before you remove the bar by undoing the torx screws. Also make sure you measure the position of the block containing the bushes on the threaded bar. If they are not aligned correctly the seat will stick on reassembly. When you sand the replacement bushes make sure they are even as possible and a tight fit in the middle of the cage. To put the bars back into the runners is a bit of a fiddle but once the job is done you will really notice the difference.
Good luck and enjoy.

Geoff Crispin
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Re: seat bushes advice/help please

Post by Geoff Crispin » Tue 24 Oct, 2017 05:19

Hi Sue
We did a lot of talking as various people kept dropping into the unit but about 1 hour per seat but as has just been posted follow the instructions to the letter. We found that two pairs of hands at times were needed, Tilly has given very good advice which I will not repeat other than saying keep your keys in your pocket and only use as instructed otherwise you will have big problems. Very important to sand new bushes equally both sides a bit at a time, and count threat turns for replacement Regards Geoff

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