Can You Tell Me What This Spring /Coil Thing Is ?

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Dear Sires, Lady Sires and Pious Sires (erhhm..Messires ?...*chortle*)

Ahem...anyway.

Whilst driving my Toyota Previa (it'll be three years old this August)...the other day..I heard a ' twang ' come from behind me inside the car....it was the distinct sound of falling metal. When I got home, I found this ' thing ' on the floor of the car !!

Do you have any idea what it is ?

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The thing is seen here expertly modeled by my son , who is also available for weddings, Barmitvahs and any other ' thing-held-in-hand 'related function !


I would welcome your thing related answers as I have no idea nor can I find any obvious cavity where this has sprung from !!

This is not a quiz...I really don't know what it is !! [???] [???]



« Last Edit: 29/01/2008 23:20:40 by neilep »
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« Reply #1 on: 29/01/2008 22:51:18 »
Neily It looks like the spring tensioner for your seat in the car.. probably the one you were sitting on. Get in your car and try to adjust your seat back forward and back.. you know the reclining part.. You may find that it will not work properly! That is probably it..!!!

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« Reply #2 on: 29/01/2008 23:36:30 »
Cripes !!...It does seem to be working alright though Karen Mam !

I have driven the car (sorry..I mean I have chauffeured the family) a fair few times since then..BUT..I will check all the other seat belts too !!
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« Reply #3 on: 29/01/2008 23:45:36 »
It's a fossilised tapeworm. They're a delicacy in Japan so I reckon someone who was putting your car together dropped it from his lunchbox.
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« Reply #4 on: 30/01/2008 00:04:23 »
It's a fossilised tapeworm. They're a delicacy in Japan so I reckon someone who was putting your car together dropped it from his lunchbox.

Do you mean as in Linford Christies Lunchbox ?? [:o] [:o]
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« Reply #5 on: 30/01/2008 00:29:59 »
Is there anything not functioning properly? In the car I mean.
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« Reply #6 on: 30/01/2008 02:22:54 »
Go to the dealer and ask them to identify it. Since it is under 3 years old, it is probably still in warranty. 36,000 miles is hard to accumulate in the UK.
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« Reply #7 on: 30/01/2008 02:41:38 »
It looks very much like a springy coil thing.

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« Reply #8 on: 30/01/2008 13:00:30 »
Cripes !!...It does seem to be working alright though Karen Mam !

I have driven the car (sorry..I mean I have chauffeured the family) a fair few times since then..BUT..I will check all the other seat belts too !!

No Neily, not the seat belts... The reclining part of the front seats have those spring

tensioners that help the seat come forward or lie back...You know when you adjust them

so you can relax.. Check where the back of the seat  meets the seat you sit on.. on the

side by your door, There should be a Joint, covered plastic in plastic case!!

take the cover off and see if that spring popped out.. Tell you what..I believe you

found the spring behind or beside your seat.. maybe close to your left arm area just

behind your seat in the floor. eh??? Tell me exactly where you found it..? I will try

to get you a diagram.. They are generally easy to fix, if the part that held the spring

did not break..
« Last Edit: 30/01/2008 13:20:29 by Karen W. »

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« Reply #9 on: 30/01/2008 13:17:43 »
Check this out your seat and how the spring would work!

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When you pull the lever back it should bring the seat back up into upright position! I think your spring just popped off or the anchor post that holds the long end broke or slipped out of its position!
« Last Edit: 30/01/2008 14:54:18 by Karen W. »

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« Reply #10 on: 30/01/2008 14:44:40 »
Is there anything not functioning properly? In the car I mean.

Only the driver  [:D]
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« Reply #11 on: 31/01/2008 20:12:48 »
Well Neily.. did you look for the spring thingy on the seat???

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« Reply #12 on: 03/02/2008 20:52:29 »
Well Neily.. did you look for the spring thingy on the seat???


The MYSTERY IS SOLVED !!


Thank you to everybody who answered and of course To Karen who afforded us ' work-of-art ' joy too.

Karen...I think you got it....assuming that what I show here does what you describe ....I'm so lazy I never checked it out....

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An Up-tilted Chair.



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Here is a happy scene !!



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Oh dear !!....someone call a spring-crisis-counselor !!













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« Reply #13 on: 03/02/2008 20:55:55 »
Another triumph (or should I say Toyota) for TNS  [:)]
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« Reply #14 on: 03/02/2008 21:19:30 »
Completely off topic but I just have to tell ya how impressed I am with how clean your floor is....especially with having 4 kiddies.
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« Reply #15 on: 03/02/2008 21:27:41 »
Well Neily.. did you look for the spring thingy on the seat???


The MYSTERY IS SOLVED !!


Thank you to everybody who answered and of course To Karen who afforded us ' work-of-art ' joy too.

Karen...I think you got it....assuming that what I show here does what you describe ....I'm so lazy I never checked it out....

[attachment=2320]

An Up-tilted Chair.



[attachment=2322]

Here is a happy scene !!



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Oh dear !!....someone call a spring-crisis-counselor !!














Neily, I am glad you found it!!!  Did you put it back on yet?
 
YAYYYYYYY!!!!!

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« Reply #16 on: 03/02/2008 21:32:36 »
Completely off topic but I just have to tell ya how impressed I am with how clean your floor is....especially with having 4 kiddies.

He doesn't allow the kids in his car
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« Reply #17 on: 03/02/2008 21:36:44 »
Another triumph (or should I say Toyota) for TNS  [:)]

Indeed !..I would never have really bothered about it, save for the fact that I thought it my lead to a system wide breakdown..ala Steve Austin !
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« Reply #18 on: 03/02/2008 21:39:29 »
Completely off topic but I just have to tell ya how impressed I am with how clean your floor is....especially with having 4 kiddies.

Here in this country kids know that "mess not good...food in mouth..not on floor , tidy floor good" .....fact is....we rarely all go out in it.....and well.....the mess really stays on the chairs !!
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« Reply #19 on: 03/02/2008 21:40:19 »
Another triumph (or should I say Toyota) for TNS  [:)]

Indeed !..I would never have really bothered about it, save for the fact that I thought it my lead to a system wide breakdown..ala Steve Austin !

Steve Austin? Are you referring to the illustrious Stone Cold?
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« Reply #20 on: 03/02/2008 21:41:15 »
Well Neily.. did you look for the spring thingy on the seat???


The MYSTERY IS SOLVED !!


Thank you to everybody who answered and of course To Karen who afforded us ' work-of-art ' joy too.

Karen...I think you got it....assuming that what I show here does what you describe ....I'm so lazy I never checked it out....
Neily, I am glad you found it!!!  Did you put it back on yet?
 
YAYYYYYYY!!!!!


Put it back ?.....you're kidding yes ?.....this is what the lower classes are for !!

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« Reply #21 on: 03/02/2008 21:43:19 »
Another triumph (or should I say Toyota) for TNS  [:)]

Indeed !..I would never have really bothered about it, save for the fact that I thought it my lead to a system wide breakdown..ala Steve Austin !

Steve Austin? Are you referring to the illustrious Stone Cold?

You jest sire !...nay....verily... I refer to the six million dollar man !!
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« Reply #22 on: 03/02/2008 21:50:07 »
YES!!! I knew it was the six million dollar man! YAYYYYYYYY!

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« Reply #23 on: 03/02/2008 21:53:25 »
Well Neily.. did you look for the spring thingy on the seat???


The MYSTERY IS SOLVED !!


Thank you to everybody who answered and of course To Karen who afforded us ' work-of-art ' joy too.

Karen...I think you got it....assuming that what I show here does what you describe ....I'm so lazy I never checked it out....
Neily, I am glad you found it!!!  Did you put it back on yet?
 
YAYYYYYYY!!!!!


Put it back ?.....you're kidding yes ?.....this is what the lower classes are for !!



Why Yes!! You are certainly kidding right??? Pish!! LOL!

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« Reply #24 on: 03/02/2008 21:59:25 »
Another triumph (or should I say Toyota) for TNS  [:)]

Indeed !..I would never have really bothered about it, save for the fact that I thought it my lead to a system wide breakdown..ala Steve Austin !

Steve Austin? Are you referring to the illustrious Stone Cold?

You jest sire !...nay....verily... I refer to the six million dollar man !!

6 million? I bet they could make 1 on Blue Peter with a couple of cereal packets and some sticky-back plastic.
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« Reply #25 on: 03/02/2008 23:35:12 »
Are we about to sail? We are if the Blue Peter is on the masthead. Back to the ship, you jack-tars, unless you want a flogging.

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« Reply #26 on: 03/02/2008 23:43:21 »
Are we about to sail? We are if the Blue Peter is on the masthead. Back to the ship, you jack-tars, unless you want a flogging.



Don't mention the golden rivet
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« Reply #27 on: 04/02/2008 00:12:59 »
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Peter_%28flag%29 - the letter "P" if you didn't know. The golden rivet is folk lore only.

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« Reply #28 on: 09/02/2008 10:04:59 »
Wot about when the sliding thing goes??? Thats a lot mor complicated, than just the seat going back or forwrd!!!
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« Reply #29 on: 11/03/2009 06:37:10 »
That generally needs cleaned and make sure it is soaped.. I run a nice bar of soap along the metal track.. wax works well to to keep it moving nicely!

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« Reply #30 on: 11/03/2009 20:58:01 »
Karen, I am impressed you identified the spring and where it goes so quickly. How did you know?
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