Car seat will not slide forward or back
August 28, 2006 7:50 PM   Subscribe

How do I remove coins that have fallen out of my pocket and gotten jammed into the slide track of my 1997 Pathfinder's driver seat?

The seat is totally stuck because there are coins in the track preventing it from sliding. I want to sell the car, but I'm reluctant to list it before I get this seat un-stuck. Any ideas here?
posted by stiffpicken to Travel & Transportation (17 answers total)
Fridge magnet?

Gum on a pencil?


shrink them?
posted by furtive at 7:56 PM on August 28, 2006

Put panty hose over the end of a vacumn nozzle and suck them out.
posted by fshgrl at 8:01 PM on August 28, 2006 [1 favorite]

But then you won't get that awesome rattling sound?!! You're a genius!
posted by furtive at 8:09 PM on August 28, 2006

Can you see them? Can you reach it with maybe a piece of wire with sticky wax or a glob of caulk/gelly adhesivy stuff on the end of it?
posted by Jazz Hands at 8:24 PM on August 28, 2006

posted by awegz at 8:28 PM on August 28, 2006

Put panty hose over the end of a vacumn nozzle and suck them out.

wow. I was going to recommend magnets but talk about not seeing the forest for all its trees...

(too bad I have a roomba)

posted by krautland at 9:15 PM on August 28, 2006

You're a genius!

Girls who wear jewelry know these things ;)
posted by fshgrl at 9:33 PM on August 28, 2006

A flexible claw pick-up tool might get them. They cost a buck at dollar stores.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:11 PM on August 28, 2006

You won't pick up these with a magnet.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:16 PM on August 28, 2006

Long-nosed pliers.
posted by flabdablet at 10:27 PM on August 28, 2006

Just goto a mechanic and ask them to remove the seats. It'll cost almost nothing (5-10 minutes of their time) and that way you can also vacuum under there since that space under the seat will be exposed. Or, learn how to take off the seat yourself.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 10:28 PM on August 28, 2006

flexible claw pick-up tool
They have a name? I call that a long-handled, skinny-necked grabber. But that's what I'd try first. (We can't really see under your car seat very well; could you move the flashlight for us?)
posted by unrepentanthippie at 4:54 AM on August 29, 2006

Hardware store also carry some varying length surgical clamps as a tool for getting into such a tight spot, grabbing and holding coins , keys, and such. Coins generally are NOT ferrous and a magnet will be good for paperclips ,not coins.
The surgical clamps may also be found in shorter lengths at some tobacco shops since they have been historically used a cigarette holders (sometimes referred to as a "roach clip")
posted by Agamenticus at 5:48 AM on August 29, 2006

The post about the vaccum is pure brilliance. I was going to reccomend just fishing them out with needle-nosed pliers but that doesn't even compare to the vaccum.
posted by dward88 at 7:38 AM on August 29, 2006

If the track is made of metal, I would think it would sheild the magnet...
posted by shepd at 7:59 AM on August 29, 2006

What is wrong with sucking some pennies up into the bag of your vacuum cleaner? I don't get it. You're trying to save these pennies?!?

Anyhow, I would use toothpicks and superglue. Or popsicle sticks and super glue. Paper clips and super glue?

Is it easy to remove the seat if it's a power seat? That sounds like a pain in the bum.

Would it be problematic to turn the car upside down for a short period?
posted by popechunk at 7:29 PM on August 29, 2006

US coins, and many others, ARE NOT MAGNETIC! What is wrong here?
posted by idledebonair at 11:02 PM on September 3, 2006

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