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    Removing stuck pedestal seat...
from Mike B (149.4.203.48)  
11/8/2006 10:32:00 AM

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 The back pedestal seat in the back of my champion is stuck. It is one of the snap in ones, and It is stuck fast. I've tried Wd-40 on the edges, nothing happened. I even got in the livewell with a bottle jack and couldn't budge it. Do I have any options short of a hacksaw to remove it?


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   Stuck from Jeff Hahn  11/8/2006 10:42:00 AM
 Mike: The WD-40 may actually make the problem worse if it is absorbed by the plastic insert inside the pedestal stand. How about trying a strap wrench...amybe coupled with the bottle jack, after you tape the clip in so it's not engaged?

Once you get the pedestal removed, take a Dremel tool with a sandpaper or wire brush fitting and remove some of the inside of the plastic insert and your seats shouldn't stick the next time.

Jeff Hahn


   Stuck Ped from Gene Hacker (65.163.81.74)  11/8/2006 11:02:00 AM
 The same thing happened to me. I wrapped a rag around it and used a pipe wrench. If you have somebody push the button to unlock it and pull up while you're turning it with the pipe wrench, it will come out.


   Stuck Seat from Steve S (216.49.106.34)  11/8/2006 11:35:00 AM
 Same thing here. I used a pipe wrench with a rag wrapped around the seat post to keep from scratching it too bad, as mentioned above. If you are doing it by yourself, push the button in and put some tape over it to hold it in so you can turn the seat with both hands. Once it starts to turn, it should come out. Check the end of the seat post once you get it out. Mine had a dent in the end of the aluminum where I dropped it or hit against something. That dent is what caused it to stick in the base. I filed a chamfer on the end of the post so if I hit it again it won't swell out and cause the seat to stick again. I used a abrasive flapper wheel on a cordless drill to clean up the inside of the seat base.


   it rotates? from Mike B (149.4.203.48)  11/8/2006 2:05:00 PM
 What you guys are saying is that it will rotate if I apply enough force?


   Pedestal from Gene Hacker (65.163.81.74)  11/8/2006 2:14:00 PM
 Yes, if we're talking about the same kind of pedestal. What brand boat is it on? Is it the 1.77" pedestal that's round with a little button you push to unlock it? If this is what you have, it will rotate under pressure if you push the button first before you start turning it with the pipe wrench.


   Same thing happened to me from Tyson (64.162.54.83)  11/8/2006 3:46:00 PM
 I got a 202 Champion and the same happened. I had one person press the button on the bottom while me and two other friends were turning the shaft very hard. It finally budged.

It does not unscrew, it just needs to move. I bet the rag and wrench Idea would work just as good.

Tyson


   One more thing... from bill spence (165.254.210.2)  11/8/2006 4:20:00 PM
 While you are trying to turn the shaft, shake the hell out of the seat. Got to get it broke free. It may be a two or three person job. What you will learn from this is to not leave that seat in. Good luck.


   boat... from Mike B (149.4.203.48)  11/8/2006 6:13:00 PM
 This is in the champion 184 I just purchased. The base is tapered and plastic, and looks like its ridged at the bottom.

FWIW, I'm trying to get it out so I can use it to rest the front seat. I rarely, if ever use a seat when I fish.


   Strap Wrench from CSmith (71.145.142.85)  11/9/2006 9:30:00 PM
 That's the trick. I used to carry one in my Cobra, never could get the rear seat without it.


   Pipe wrenches from fatboy (64.12.116.200)  11/11/2006 9:13:00 AM
 Like others have said I also have used pipe wrenches to remove a stuck seat post in my buddies boat. Use something to hold the clip in and something to protect the seat post. We used 2 pipe wrenches so we could twist the seat post and lift up on the pipe wrenches at the same time.

To help to prevent the problem again I took a old section of threaded rod and cut a slit in it down the middle length wise so I could stick some sand paper in there then wrap it so the sanding side is out. I just chuck this up in a drill and lightly sanded the hole…………… no more stuck pole!


   ME TOO ! We should file a class action suit with Champion! from Grumpy Bass (70.21.40.246)  11/11/2006 6:37:00 PM
 Just saying I have the same problem on my Champion 202. I'll try the ideas above.

Grumpy Bass


   It's not just Champion from JohnM  11/11/2006 7:24:00 PM
 I've seen the classic stuck seat post on many brands. I took some acetone to my seat base holes from day one and made sure ALL the carpet glue was out of the holes. Knock on wood never had a stuck one yet on this Champion.


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