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Westfalia rock n roll backrest stuck up.

PostPosted: 18 Aug 2013, 22:38
by vandad
Hi All,
Can anyone help please? My backrest is stuck in the latched up position. The handle in the middle of the backrest won't release it. I can release it by going in the boot and pulling bits of the latching mechanism with pliers. Cheers Vandad

Re: Westfalia rock n roll backrest stuck up.

PostPosted: 19 Jan 2014, 23:13
by vandad
Ah, I've found the problem. The two internal release cables have snapped. I'll try to find some new ones.

Re: Westfalia rock n roll backrest stuck up.

PostPosted: 28 Jan 2014, 20:34
by vandad
I'm talking to myself here. I couldn't buy any replacement cables. I bought some aluminium collets, a crimping tool and some heat shrink. I repaired the old cables by replacing the worn out part with some bicycle cable from the shed and covering the crimped connection with heat shrink to stop it catching. I had to unbolt the backrest, turn it upside down, bend back the spikes holding the seat cover in place and unhook a line of wire stiffeners in the seat cover so I could get to the cables. Oh, and unbolt the latches from the ends of the backrest. Marvellous now.