1996 Chevrolet Silverado Manual Passenger Seat

Tiny
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • 5.0L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 104,282 MILES
Hi,
I purchased this truck and the passenger seat would not lock into place. I took out the seat and noticed the spring had come off. I replaced the spring and then was able to get the seat to lock but then a small metal bracket with a bearing broke off of the track and the track is also bent. I would like to know what I will need to do to fix the seat. Can I just get a new track to go with the factory seat?
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Thursday, July 16th, 2015 AT 9:44 PM

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Tiny
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Yup, but you won't find this at the dealership because of the truck's age. This is a very low-failure item so you'll find plenty of good ones in any salvage yard.
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Thursday, July 16th, 2015 AT 11:08 PM
Tiny
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Thank you! One more question. How would I remove the track from the seat once I find it at a salvage yard? Is it a fairly easy process?
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Friday, July 17th, 2015 AT 8:16 AM
Tiny
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Can't tell you that because I'm too stupid, ... Ahh, ... I mean I don't know, ... Ahh, ... I mean because every car is different. Some tracks are riveted on to the base but usually the seat is bolted to the base too so you can just do it that way. Transplant the entire base.

On some, the track's rivets can be ground off if there is room to get to them with an angle grinder. Problem is you usually won't have access to power for a grinder in a salvage yard. If the tracks are welded to the base, you're pretty much stuck getting the entire base.

The goal is to find the easiest way to get what you need at a pick-your-own-parts salvage yard. If you have to go to a regular yard, they have to pay an employee to remove what you need, and the least expensive way to get a track might be the most labor-intensive, and therefore, the most costly. If it's easier and faster for them to remove the entire base, that will be the easiest for you too. Keep in mind too that if they are willing to cut rivets to sell you just the tracks, that could leave the rest of the base as useless and not something they can sell. That means they will likely want to charge you for the entire base even though they didn't give it to you.
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Saturday, July 18th, 2015 AT 3:36 PM

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