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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Front passenger storage compartment won't open!

Hey guys, I'm new to posting here but I've been a long time lurker to this forum. So here's my question...

My front passenger seat storage compartment some how got stuck shut. I didn't slam it shut, nor did I do anything different that i've done the past dozen or so times prior.

I've tried slipping my hands underneath the seat and tried pulling it up, but it's as if it's locked shut. Is there some kind of locking mechanism that I overlooked?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 07:42 AM
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Welcome to JCC. I am not aware of any locking mechanism, although I wish there WAS one. It would make the space even better.

Is there something in the compartment that could be jammed or caught, preventing the lid to hinge up correctly?

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Thanks!

That's a possibility, I'll check on that later today. The other issue it might be is the leather strap that you use to pull the seat up with... I removed the strap from its "sleeve" so it could be tucked under the seat, instead of having it resting on the actual seat. I did this so it wouldn't be obvious that there was a storage compartment underneath.

Maybe that piece of leather is somehow stuck in the latch?
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Could be....if so and someone sat in the seat it may be jammed tight and need a real pull to get past the friction.

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If you lay down the back rest you may get better acces to the edge of the "lid" to pry it open?
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The strap lifts the latch that locks it closed, that's your problem. Dont have a solution, but in the future, tuck the strap in the crease to hide it, dont remove.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 08:33 AM
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It could even be that there's a problem with the hinge.
I'd say if you can't get it open and tired just about everything you could, you might as well take it into the dealer.
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Get in the back seat and feel around underneath for the pull cord. There is a latching mechanism. Happened to me, and you'll need to pull up on the cord to get it open.
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How did you go? Any updates?

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Good news to report! The strap had worked its way under the actual compartment, and was hanging underneath the seat. I was able to feed it back up through the seat, and had someone pull the strap up to its normal position.

Note to others: DON'T remove the strap from its sleeve, especially when you have your off-duty handgun in the compartment.

Thanks for all the tips guys, I appreciate it.
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