Rear Seat Latch Broken - Subaru Baja
Since I live in southern Minnesota where the winter weather dips into the negative double digits, getting stranded on the side of the road becomes a real possibility. That makes it necessary to have a small amount of extra survival clothing in the car.
The 2006 Subaru Baja has a storage compartment located behind the rear seat, which is accessible through a couple of pull up latches, which both must function in order to get at the clothing stored within.
So, what happens when the knob breaks off. What now?
In this instance, the knob broke off and I pondered how to fix it.
The Rear Seat
I have to open my rear door, and the knob is located on the top of the rear seat on the drivers side of the car.
I had a large bag of survival gear in the back seat for times when my car would stall on the road in a blizzard and the heavy clothes to keep me warm until help arrives. You know the facts... most people who leave their cars, make it about six foot from the car before they get disoriented and cannot find their car anymore, and die, inches from safety.
But now, the bag of clothes were placed in a compartment between the back seat and the pickup box. My husband discovered the area when he was fixing my car one afternoon. The problem now, is that the latch is broken and I cannot access the stuff. The other side releases, but this side is broken.
This is the moment. The moment of, I can feel it, I can touch it, but so far I don't know how to fix it.
The possibilities range from going to Napa to get a new part. Which, although probably the best choice, I'm more inclined to be creative. Plus, a new rod means tearing the seat apart. I see I have challenges. For example; it seems that there is a threaded piece on the broken half.
Now, as I ponder this, I realize that the broken half has the threaded portion for the knob, but the actual break is just a simple break, nothing else.
So, perhaps a small dowel that fits inside the two broken pieces, with some glue. Actually, as I ponder the photos I have taken, I don't think a dowel will work. Perhaps another insert screw, with a threaded inside, and a longer screw. No. Maybe not.
Actually, if I could just get a dowel or a bigger screw inside the rod that is broken on the inside, and get the screw started, maybe it will tap itself. Then, I could find a coupler nut that would attach both the knob and the rod together. This hurts my head just thinking about it.
My Temporary Solution - a Bent Skewer for Shish Ke Bobs
After all was said and done, I took a mirror and flashlight and looked in the hole. There was a small hole on the side of the red plastic [shall we call it a thingy] and I had a shish kebab stick that I wasn't using for cooking. Previously, we had used the stick to fish earplugs out of the quarter jar, and other things, out of the bathroom sink drain.
Today, I bent it at a short angle and bent it again at about 8 inches, and poked around in the hole until I hooked the hole on the side of the red thingy. I then pulled upwards, and was rewarded with the seat being released.
Currently, my seat is not pushed back, so I can get at my survival gear, but eventually I have have to undo something to put a new part on.
I have run the ideas around of putting a pvc that has the same inner diameter as the red thingy and gluing the two ends together. Like a big coupler nut. It all depends on how hard it would be to take the seat back off so I can get at the actual part, unscrew it and replace it. Meanwhile, my lazy self has the bent stick stuck in the hole so if it does latch, accidentally, I can reopen it easily.