Power Bucket Seat Back Releases
by George Nenadovich
Picture showing factory grommets and wiring for power bucket
seat back releases.......easy to spot once
the seat backs are pulled forward.....most commonly found
on 69-72 Grand Prix models, 69-70 Eldorado, 69-70 Toronado and some
69-72 Cutlass/442/Hurst, Skylark/GS, LeMans/GTO models. Car
must have power door locks.....black wire from the solenoid release connects
to factory power
door lock wiring harness. When the PDL switch is activated,
the solenoids unlock the seat backs so you do not have to use the rear center
Here is the solenoid and black wire connection.
Here is a standard release mechanism....red arrow indicates
the area where the solenoid set-up has extra linkage to activate this metal
Here is the standard set-up....you can not just add the solenoid
to this version....the power set-up is completely different.
Notice this set-up has no plastic cover and additional linkage
at the top to activate the release.
They are a direct swap for non-power release set-ups.
Here is a pair of release set-ups from a 70 Grand Prix.....there
is no difference between left and right, both are the same.