How to Repair a Sliding Truck Seat

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  • 2-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-100
What You'll Need
T50 Torx head

Because of constant use, a truck seat may loosen. An adjustable seat may begin to slide, even when you don't intentionally slide it to suit your preferences. You can repair a sliding truck seat by yourself, as long as you own or can borrow the necessary tools.

Step 1 – Oil the Joints

In repairing a sliding truck seat, you need to oil the metal joints of the seat so it will smoothly follow your adjustment settings and sliding preferences.

Step 2 – Adjust the Joints

If the truck seat keeps sliding, you need to use a wrench to adjust the metal joints. You also need to ensure that the metal slide is not broken or damaged. A wrench will only adjust the tightness of the sliding metal joints; for damaged or other major truck seat problems, you need to check in with a repair shop.

Step 3 – Remove the Seat and Slider Bracket

If you need to replace the slider, remove the truck seats. Detach any electrical connections located beneath the seat. You should be able to disconnect electrical connections with just your hands. Use a ratchet and socket to take out the slider bracket located at the base of the seat. Take away the four Torx bolts which connect the truck seat to the slider.

Step 4 – Install the New Slider and Replace the Truck Seat

Fasten the new slider with the bracket by using the bolts from the original seat slider. Use the socket and ratchet to tighten the bolts. Lay the seat back inside the truck and then line up the holes coming from the seat riser toward the holes on the floor. Put in the four bolts and hand-tighten them in identical increments. Finish tightening with the ratchet.