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There's a piece of moulding down the side of the driver's seat, other than tidiness its only function seems to be to hold the power controls in place (keeping slush and dirt off the seat mechanism is important too, I guess).

It's come loose, probably from brushing it with my leg and/or foot. It was loose at the front for quite a while, I'd see it separated from the seat and bang it back into place, but now it won't stay. I'm guessing one or more clips, screws, bolts, etc., are either broken or missing. For now I've hooked it back on, but I'd like to replace the attachments if possible.

Does anyone have a schematic, perhaps with part numbers? I have a Chilton manual for this car but it doesn't cover it.

I posted some pictures here https://picasaweb.google.com/112932...&authkey=Gv1sRgCJSy9sjSnIKxLA&feat=directlink and I'm surprised at how many potential attachment points there may be. I was expecting to replace the green plug in the front but there are several.

Thanks for any pointers you can offer to a schematic or instructions.
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You're missing another one of those green push-clips just below the existing one. Mine would never stay in. Once the seat bolster wears, it pushes down and out every time you sit down and the clips pop out. I ended up drilling a small hole where your existing green clip is and mounted it with a small allen key screw and nut on the back. Holds great now.
 

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Thank you, that's very helpful. No point in tracking down more clips if I'm just going to break them (I assumed it was 9 years of carelessness, but if it's somewhat unavoidable I'll worry less).

I guess the other green clip would normally be where I marked in this photo?

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Avz9cGbLXcUm2KWMP0knJ3nRsXk98CcJkWx3LDdPZYk?feat=directlink

and it looked like there might be broken connection points at the back too

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/8NjdLINd-pzAT34Je38I3nnRsXk98CcJkWx3LDdPZYk?feat=directlink
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https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/atFtu6x4_Xy1bzE7o8FBrXnRsXk98CcJkWx3LDdPZYk?feat=directlink

do I need to worry about that?

I can drill a couple of holes, do you have specs on what would be good nuts and bolts (and locking washers?) to get for the front anyway?

Thanks!
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Thank you, that's very helpful. No point in tracking down more clips if I'm just going to break them (I assumed it was 9 years of carelessness, but if it's somewhat unavoidable I'll worry less).

I guess the other green clip would normally be where I marked in this photo?

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Avz9cGbLXcUm2KWMP0knJ3nRsXk98CcJkWx3LDdPZYk?feat=directlink

and it looked like there might be broken connection points at the back too

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/8NjdLINd-pzAT34Je38I3nnRsXk98CcJkWx3LDdPZYk?feat=directlink
and
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/atFtu6x4_Xy1bzE7o8FBrXnRsXk98CcJkWx3LDdPZYk?feat=directlink

do I need to worry about that?

I can drill a couple of holes, do you have specs on what would be good nuts and bolts (and locking washers?) to get for the front anyway?

Thanks!
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You're correct about the location of the other green clip. They just slid in.

The back part confuses me. I'm not sure if mine is also broken or if it just kind of slide down on the metal. There is a single screw that holds it to thee back of the seat. I removed this screw, unplugged the wiring, and removed it in order to drill it. I drill it in the center of your existing green clip because there is a hole on the seat bracket that corresponds.

As for the size of the bolt and nut... I just used one that I had laying around. You really want a lock nut (the ones that have bite on it) because it's really hard to get access to the nut once the panel is back on. The lock nut will grab and let you just tighten from the outside.
 

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Thanks, good idea.

BTW, do the "FSM" (Factory Service Manual?) available on eBay cover things like this? Obviously not replacing a clip with a bolt, but if I had wanted to replace with the same clip, would an FSM tell me the part numbers etc.?

Thanks!
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