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Please note: This is not the seat rocking issue covered by TSB 03-032, nor is it the springs creaking in the back of the seat. I’ve found both issues on here by searching, but this is something completely different.

I hope somebody has an answer or suggestion – any thoughts would be welcome, as I am stressing out about this, probably disproportionately, but enough to make me think about selling my E less than a year after I got it.

Plainly put, my driver’s seat makes a ton of noise. It cracks and pops with every tiny shift of my weight. It used to be just tight corner turns (like in the parking garage I park in at work); then it was pretty much all turns; now it’s even when I stop and go, and sometimes just randomly when I’m cruising along. Once in awhile, I feel a bit of movement under the seat to accompany the noise, but the noise is the main culprit here. It comes from both sides of the bottom of the seat, but the left side is the worst.

This happened for the first time last October, right after I got my E in late September. I took it in to the dealership and said that I thought it might be related to the TSB for seat rocking, though again, the movement was very much secondary to the noise. They said yep, it sure is, and did the fix for the TSB. Had me up and out of there in about an hour. My VIN actually didn’t fall into the TSB, but save for a few parts, it was covered under Honda Care, which I have until May 2013 or 30,000 more miles. It didn’t make the noise for several months, but it started making it again in spring. I’ve taken it in three times since, and this is what happened each time:

First time
We can’t hear it! We’re really not sure what you’re hearing!

Second time
Them: We can’t hear it! We’re really not sure what you’re hearing!
Me: Well, could you please take it apart and look at it? I can assure you that I’m hearing SOMETHING.
Them: There’s no point!

Third time
Me, prior to taking it in: Please take it apart this time, it’s getting worse.
Them: We can’t just take it apart if we can’t hear anything. That’s how your warranty works.
(Take it in)
Them: We can’t hear it! We’re really not sure what you’re hearing!
(Send my husband in to drive it for them…magically, they hear it)
Them: OH! She said it was rocking, not that it was making noise! (Extremely untrue)
(Go to pick it up)
Them: I promise you there is nothing wrong with this seat mechanically! The seat is solid, we took it apart and looked at everything! We lubricated it and cleaned out a lot of dog hair and grime. Maybe that’s it. We couldn’t hear a noise after that. You should be set.

I didn’t even have to turn the car on; I just got in and it made the noise when I sat down. In fact, it seems worse now, but I’m willing to admit that could be psychosomatic, if you will.

There was a similar post on here awhile back, the only one I could find describing the same thing, and the gentleman said it ended up being the area where his seatbelt attached to the floor. No dice here – my husband looked at it, and it’s tight. Plus, most of the noise is coming from the left side of the seat anyway.

I am at my wit’s end. They are bound and determined to find nothing wrong with the seat, but I know it should not be making this much noise. I have owned several cars in my relatively few years on this planet, and none of them have ever sounded like this. I know my warranty covers the car bumper to bumper, and this is giving me such grief that I really just want to sell the car and get something else altogether.

I guess my plan is to take it to another Honda dealer, though I have NO idea when. I work 7-4:30 every day, and my next few weekends are packed or I’ll be out of town, and the next nearest dealer is about 40-45 minutes away. If they can’t find it, I was going to take it to an import specialist and see what they find. This isn’t a great option, because I’ll have to pay out of pocket. If nobody can find anything…well…I don’t know how long I have with this E. I’m right side up on my payments, so I can get it paid off pretty easily.

If anybody has ANY suggestions about what this might be, that my husband or I can fix, or how to proceed to get Honda to take care of this for me, I’d REALLY appreciate them. I want to keep this car. I really do. Thank you.
 

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Hey Frogsy, have you considered looking for a used replacement seat? Just a thought. Sounds like you are at your wits end. Give this thread a day or so and a fellow EOC'er will come up w/ something.

Good luck
 

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Are all the bolts tight?

As you know, people have reported creaking/popping in the seat backs due to springs rubbing (I forget the details). That could happen in the seat bottom too, and since it would require removing the cover to properly diagnose and fix, your shop wouldn't have found it by fiddling with externals.

As for the techs not hearing the noise, I've observed that selective deafness is a common ailment among dealer mechanics ... at least while the warranty is in effect.
 

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Thanks for your replies - I appreciate them! I have considered getting a new seat, but hopefully it won't come to that (although it's a better option than selling the car!). The bolts are very tight - my husband checked them again last night, and they seem pretty solid.

I do have an update, however. In messing around with the seat last night, we determined that the worst of the clicking/popping seemed to be coming from the height adjustment knob. We moved it from its highest position to just a little bit lower. This morning, on the drive in, the noise seems to have decreased by about 90 percent! Any ideas on how we can achive that elusive extra 10 percent? We weren't sure how to take it apart, so any pics/schematics/descriptions would be extremely useful. Thanks, everyone!
 

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Could the knob be distorted and rubbing against the seat recline cover?
 

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I don't think so. We took the recline handle off and it was still making it. Good idea, though.
 
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