How do you fix a stuck manual car seat?

My husband borrowed my car last night. When I went to readjust the seat this morning, it wouldn’t budge. How can I fix a stuck manual car seat?

Jack Walsh · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Having a car seat get stuck can be frustrating, but luckily, there are a few easy ways to fix a stuck manual car seat.
To get your car seat unstuck, you can use any of the following methods:
  1. Remove the seat from the base and reinstall it after determining and fixing the problem. You should only do this if you’re comfortable performing the removal and installation process.
  2. Shake the seat or use some extra force. When a seat is stuck, it’s often because the locking mechanism did not engage properly, so shaking it can click it back into place.
  3. Apply lubricant to the tracks. Store-bought lubricants are preferred, but something like olive oil can work in a pinch.
If these fixes don’t work for your seat, consider visiting your local dealership or mechanic. They likely have the tools to fix or replace it.
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