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Old 03-27-2007, 12:51 AM
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DIY : Possible creaking seat fix

As most of us know, many G35's suffer from creaky seats. Infiniti's fix is to replace the seat frame, but for some us that doesn't work and for those that are outside the bumper to bumper warranty, you're out of luck. My seat frame has been replaced once for rocking, but shortly after, the seat began to creak occasionally. After a year of experimenting with lubricating various points and trying to figure out the location of the creak (which came and went annoyingly), I think I finally found the culprit. The creak on my seat was coming from the left rear (nearest the door) seat support pivot point. The fix involves simply adjusting seat support via the two securing nuts and cross brace bolt.



The potential fix:

Trim piece removal
1) remove the two screws from the front of the seat trim piece
2) remove the plastic clip (black) from the lower rear of the seat trim piece
3) remove seat trim piece by pulling it towards you and then back and up. There is a metal piece that fits into a slot in the seat trim piece which necessitates the need to rotate the piece backwardsa bit.
4) remove seat control units from the trim piece by simply unclipping them

Seat support
5) take a 12mm socket or 12mm wrench and loosen (no need to remove) the bolt securing the cross brace to the left rear seat support.
6) take a 12mm socket or 12mm wrench and loosen (no need to remove) the nut securing the front left rear seat support to the seat frame.
7) take a 14mm socket or 14mm wrench and loosen the nut securing the back left rear seat support to the seat frame.

Adjustment
8) push the left rear seat support inwards slightly (maybe 1/8") and then with your hand keeping the support in position, lock down the front and back 12 and 14mm nuts.


Reinstall everything in reverse order and try the seat for creaks. If that didn't the problem entirely, continue to shift the seat support around until the noise dissappears.
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Very nice write up. Thanks!
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DaveB did you every find out why the seat was rocking? Do you think that you have to replace the subframe to fix that problem?
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DaveB did you every find out why the seat was rocking? Do you think that you have to replace the subframe to fix that problem?
The rocking seat is caused by an issue with the lower seat frame. Loosening the four 14mm mounting bolts from the frame to the car and then adjusting the seat around may put enough additional torque on the seat rails to reduce some rocking.
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Thanks Dave.
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nice thanks i may give this a shot my seats starting to annoy me!
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did you try putting some antiseize compound between the two metal surfaces?

I got a creaky seat and I hate it.
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I have the seat rocking problem, and the left-rear is definitely the loose part. I'll be spending thursday replacing a few parts, and I'll be doing this mod! Thanks!
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did you try putting some antiseize compound between the two metal surfaces?

I got a creaky seat and I hate it.
It doesn't help. I tried
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Great post Dave!!
This should go into the FAQ & DIY section, so it doesn't get lost.
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YES, FYI section. THANKS DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nice write up im goin to have to check this one out. Mine makes noise as well and getting annoying. i got 6k miles left till 60k.
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Well I just did the fix and so far over my normal speed bumps and thru a days worth of driving I can honestly say the creeking, rocking seat is fixed. That writeup is awsome DaveB. I loosened all three bolts and then used my closed fist as leverage in between the outside of the seat bracket and the inside of the lower door jam and the bracket "popped" inward into place and I tightened the bolts down and so far it works. Thanks again
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Well I just did the fix and so far over my normal speed bumps and thru a days worth of driving I can honestly say the creeking, rocking seat is fixed. That writeup is awsome DaveB. I loosened all three bolts and then used my closed fist as leverage in between the outside of the seat bracket and the inside of the lower door jam and the bracket "popped" inward into place and I tightened the bolts down and so far it works. Thanks again
I'm glad it helped and I hope it works for the long term.
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i hope this works for the coupe too, i beleive the rails should be the same. it really is bugging me...hey daveb in steps 5-7 can you point out the screws for each that would be the best. i am somewhat unsure of which to try but i still have not tackled it yet which may be the reason for the point of confusion. if not no prob im sure once i take a look it should make some more sense.

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