2001 Intrepid Seat Recliner, Falls Entirely Horizontal!
I have a 2001 Intrepid which has never given me any significant problems. However, while my wife was driving (with my son in the car seat!) the seat back popped and completely fell flat. I did some internet research and found the recall about the recliner bolt breaking which seemed to fit the description of the problem exactly.
However I just got a call back from the dealer saying that the bolt is fine and the entire recliner system needs replaced. I'm skeptical, mostly because I can hear the recliner motors turning and it tried to lift the seat back, and the other recliner directions are all working fine. The quoted cost is over $1000!
I'm curious if any of you have some experience with these seats. How can the recliner fail and fall all the way back without that bolt breaking? If the recliner system failed, wouldn't it just prevent us from moving it?
I don't think the dealer has any incentive to be dishonest with me, since Dodge would pay for it anyway. However I do know they are busy and I had a strange feeling about them from the beginning. So, would a second opinion at a different dealer (or maybe an independent mechanic) be helpful?
Finally, any suggestions on possibly fixing this myself somehow, even if it means fixing it to a specific reclined angle?
Thanks for any help