Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: 2nd Row Upper Recline Lever

  1. #1
    Apex? Where?! deepfriedsushi's Avatar

    95 Miata, 14 CX5 Touring FWD, 18 CX9 GT FWD

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    San Diego, Ca
    Posts
    388

    2nd Row Upper Recline Lever

    I think something is wrong with our 2nd row top recline lever on the driver's side.

    Normally that top lever should be used to recline and slide the 2nd row forward so passengers can exit/enter the 3rd row. However, mine only reclines the seat back forward, but doesn't slide the seat forward. I can tell it just needs a bit of an adjustment, because when I grab the bottom bar to slide the seat forward after pulling the top lever, the bottom bar takes a lot less effort than normal and just needs a tiny bit of pull to release the slide (meaning, the bar has been pulled to slide by the top lever, but just not quite enough to release).

    My wife took it to the dealer yesterday for an oil change and asked them to take a look and adjust it. They came back insisting it was normal and other CX9's were the same. So they didn't fix anything and the problem still exists. She did not go and try out other CX9's herself.

    I'm calling BS on the dealer because the passenger side does both actions with a single pull of the same top lever. It also doesn't make sense for a 3rd row passenger to not fully move the 2nd row out of the way to exit the car.

    Does anybody have any schematics on how to adjust the cable that actuates the recline and slide? I would rather spend my time to fix it myself than waste my time bringing it to the same dealer or another dealer to have them give us the run around again.

  2. #2
    Grand Poobah tex2670's Avatar

    2012 CX-9 GT AWD, Copper Red/Sand

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Philly
    Posts
    1,066
    I have a '12, not a 2nd gen. But on mine, the side handle tilts and slides forward. The top lever only tilts the seat to expand the cargo area. YMMV.

  3. #3
    Work in Progress sm1ke's Avatar
    Donated: $25

    2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature

    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    MB, Canada
    Posts
    460
    Quote Originally Posted by tex2670 View Post
    I have a '12, not a 2nd gen. But on mine, the side handle tilts and slides forward. The top lever only tilts the seat to expand the cargo area. YMMV.
    I just went out to check my '18 Sig. My driver's side behaves just like tex's 1st gen. I couldn't fully test the passenger side because I have an infant seat base there, but I think my passenger side works as expected (top lever folds seat down and slides it forward). Another thing to note is that the passenger side 2nd row seat slides forward much more than the driver's side. Based on this, I think they just designed the system so that passengers using the third row would primarily enter/exit from the passenger's side, and didn't bother with making the top lever on the driver's side do the same thing as the passenger's side.

    Nothing is wrong with your recline lever, if anything you could call it a design flaw.

  4. #4
    Apex? Where?! deepfriedsushi's Avatar

    95 Miata, 14 CX5 Touring FWD, 18 CX9 GT FWD

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    San Diego, Ca
    Posts
    388
    Hrm...Thanks for checking your car sm1ke. You make a good point that the passenger side does slide forward more to create a bigger opening.

    I guess I just find it weird that after pulling the top lever on the driver side, the bottom bar to slide the seat forward feels like it's been partially activated. It seems like the top lever wants to pull on the bottom bar as well. It only takes a very light touch and very little additional movement to pull that bottom bar to slide the seat forward after pulling the top lever. If the top lever was not pulled, the bar to slide the seat forward takes a normal amount of force and distance to activate.

    Edit: I found a video walk around, where a sales guy reclines the driver side 2nd row and pulls on that top lever to try to slide the seat forward and it doesn't. He has to pull the bottom bar to get it to slide forward...

    https://youtu.be/O6iFRqz9xt0?t=8m55s


    I'll probably go dig through the manual tonight and see what that says.
    Last edited by deepfriedsushi; 05-18-2018 at 05:40 PM.
    Sigs are visible only in your first post on a page. To change your thread display preferences, click here and enable 'Always Show Signature'.

  5. #5
    Registered Member

    CX-9 GT 2017

    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by deepfriedsushi View Post
    Hrm...Thanks for checking your car sm1ke. You make a good point that the passenger side does slide forward more to create a bigger opening.

    I guess I just find it weird that after pulling the top lever on the driver side, the bottom bar to slide the seat forward feels like it's been partially activated. It seems like the top lever wants to pull on the bottom bar as well. It only takes a very light touch and very little additional movement to pull that bottom bar to slide the seat forward after pulling the top lever. If the top lever was not pulled, the bar to slide the seat forward takes a normal amount of force and distance to activate.

    Edit: I found a video walk around, where a sales guy reclines the driver side 2nd row and pulls on that top lever to try to slide the seat forward and it doesn't. He has to pull the bottom bar to get it to slide forward...

    https://youtu.be/O6iFRqz9xt0?t=8m55s


    I'll probably go dig through the manual tonight and see what that says.
    I just checked my 17, and after pulling top lever the seat tilts forward, then slides forward without using the bar on the floor. I can post a video tomorrow, once there is some light outside.

  6. #6
    Registered Member colnago1331's Avatar


    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Columbus, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    136
    Quote Originally Posted by chacheee View Post
    I just checked my 17, and after pulling top lever the seat tilts forward, then slides forward without using the bar on the floor. I can post a video tomorrow, once there is some light outside.
    Same with my '17. Here's a bad photo (it's 10:30pm and drizzling here). I got it into this position without touching the bar under the front of the seat; I only used the lever by the headrest.

    IMG_1890.JPG
    CURRENT MAZDA:
    2017 Mazda CX-9 GT AWD 6AT - Crystal Blue Mica *20" OEM Mazda wheels or 19" ASA GT13 wheels *255/50R20 Falken Ziex CT50 tires or 255/55R19 Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 tires * WeatherTech FloorLiner Mats * Draw-Tite 2" Hitch Receiver* Thule 460 Podium Feet w/ 50" Crossbars* Thule Force L Cargo Box

    ALSO IN THE DRIVEWAY:

    1986 Audi Coupe GT 5MT (the Winter Beater) | 2001 Saab 9-3 SE Convertible 5MT (the Summer Beater) | 2015 Acura MDX Advance (the Mrs.' Car)

    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN MAZDAS:

    2015 Mazda CX-9 Touring AWD 6AT | 2014 Mazda6 i Touring 6MT | 2010 Mazda3 S 6MT | 2007 Mazda RX-8 GT 6MT | 2008 Mazda Miata Touring PRHT 6MT | 2006 Mazda Miata Sport 5MT | 2003 Mazda MPV ES 5AT | 2001 Mazda Protege5 5MT | 1999 Mazda Miata 5MT

  7. #7
    Registered Member

    CX-9 GT 2017

    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    13

  8. #8
    Work in Progress sm1ke's Avatar
    Donated: $25

    2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature

    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    MB, Canada
    Posts
    460
    Well I feel like I dummy now. I picked up some exercise equipment yesterday and decided to see what the driver's side top lever does, and it does actually fold and slide the seat forward. My bad DFS, time to go back to the dealership and show them chachee's video.
    Sigs are visible only in your first post on a page. To change your thread display preferences, click here and enable 'Always Show Signature'.

  9. #9
    Apex? Where?! deepfriedsushi's Avatar

    95 Miata, 14 CX5 Touring FWD, 18 CX9 GT FWD

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    San Diego, Ca
    Posts
    388
    Thanks for all the feedback guys! This totally confirms that the top lever should perform both actions.

    I also double checked the owners manual and found 2 different instances where it specifically says that the top lever tilts and slides the seat.

    Guess I'll probably take it to the dealer another time and ask them to fix it...again...and show them the manual if they give any resistance.
    Sigs are visible only in your first post on a page. To change your thread display preferences, click here and enable 'Always Show Signature'.

Similar Threads

  1. 2005 Mazda6 Passenger seat won't recline.
    By TheDirtyGoatee in forum Mazda6 Accessories & Appearance
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-13-2012, 01:35 PM
  2. 3rd Row Seat Mod for Incremental Recline and Sliding Fore/Aft
    By Silentnoise713 in forum Mazda5 Accessories & Appearance
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-29-2011, 03:59 AM
  3. *Wanted 2001 MP3 Fog lights, turn signal lever, windshield wiper lever***
    By Mazda_MP3_CHIC in forum Completed Transactions
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-24-2010, 01:12 AM
  4. looking for a 1st gen shifter lever
    By macklum in forum Mazda Protege
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-09-2005, 10:54 AM
  5. handbrake lever?
    By MzD808SpD in forum Mazda Protege
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 12-10-2004, 07:27 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •