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    Cleaning seat tracks and rails

    I just removed the seats from my car. I needed to clean the rails on them. Anyone have any idea on what would be the best way? It seems to have a good amount of grease on them so if that was removed it would need to be replaced. I'm thinking a stiff brush and some all-purpose cleaner? I was thinking of removing the tracks from the actual seats, but not sure how to go about doing that.
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    Unless you spilled something that really inhibits moving of the seat...why worry about it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Unless you spilled something that really inhibits moving of the seat...why worry about it?


    Because once you look, you can't unknow that it's dirty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Unless you spilled something that really inhibits moving of the seat...why worry about it?
    Don't listen to this man. He hasn't washed his car in 2 years.

    I would use anything that can remove grease, like Dawn dish detergent.
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    Hmm.. pull them off, spray with Simple Green, wash off with a water hose, repeat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Don't listen to this man. He hasn't washed his car in 2 years.

    I would use anything that can remove grease, like Dawn dish detergent.
    Not true! I washed it once this summer!!!

    I do think the Simple Green idea will probably be a good one. Probably just want to do a simple thin layer of white lithium grease when you regrease them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MainFrame View Post
    Because once you look, you can't unknow that it's dirty.
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    Hmm.. pull them off, spray with Simple Green, wash off with a water hose, repeat?
    Quote Originally Posted by rage-wrx View Post
    Don't listen to this man. He hasn't washed his car in 2 years.

    I would use anything that can remove grease, like Dawn dish detergent.
    Used some diluted Simple Green and a wet towel. Didn't want to spray it with a hose or anything since they're the heated kind. Didn't get everything but it did the job. I'll probably just get new tracks since they are rusted.
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    I really have to wonder why the tracks are rusted. They're greased pretty heavily so why exactly did that happen? Sometimes you get a bit of rust and/or corrosion on the rails where they attach to the floor pan because a spill can sit in the carpet there and do it, but in general corrosion should be minimal to nonexistent.
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    If I was going to take the tracks all the way out of the car... I would use WD40 honestly. It's a good grease cutter and cleaner and rust inhibitor as well. While in the car I have used a smaller brush with an APC, but using brush can fling grease and dirt all over the place... not a fun clean up job. If you do it in the car... spray your WD40, APC or whatever you decide to clean with on a MF towel and either tightly put it around your finger or a small dowel rod, toothbrush... whatever you can find that fits the area. You could also keep a shop vac going near it to suck up any dirt that might be present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    I really have to wonder why the tracks are rusted. They're greased pretty heavily so why exactly did that happen? Sometimes you get a bit of rust and/or corrosion on the rails where they attach to the floor pan because a spill can sit in the carpet there and do it, but in general corrosion should be minimal to nonexistent.
    Humid climates will rust anything. So do large bodies of water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    Humid climates will rust anything. So do large bodies of water.
    +drews to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    Humid climates will rust anything. So do large bodies of water.
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