Have a problem with my 2001 Outback LL Bean wagon front drivers seat. It is the eight way power seat with heat and side air bag, and the problem is with the seat recline feature.
In the past, it would occasionally "give" when too much pressure was applied (like when you reach in your back pocket for your wallet in the drive through). Now it won't stay wherever you adjust it to. It will adjust normally if you are not sitting in it, but it "releases" on any pressure put on the seat back. I have lowered the rear seat which helps hold the seat back up, but I obviously can't keep driving it this way.
I have pulled the seat out enough to remove the left hand side cover to check the gears. I found no missing or ground down teeth, so I'm thinking it has to do with the gear attachment to the seat back itself?!?!
I want to try and get a replacement seat to use while I troubleshoot the original one. What other seats will fit? The only thing I am concerned with is that it has an airbag, as I want to avoid an ABS fault. I don't care if it's cloth or leather, heated or not, manual or electric - just so it bolts in and gets me down the road for now. Help!