La-Z-Boy produced chairs for customers since 1928. Best known for their recliners, the La-Z-Boy recliner has a patented pawl-and-ratchet assembly that allows the chair to move from an upright position to several degrees of a reclining position. The pawl, a horizontal bar with an end cap, and the ratchet, a metal piece with teeth that moves and holds the recliner in its position are held together with a screw and is spring-operated. In time, the ratchet's teeth become worn, and the chair no longer stays reclined. This problem is corrected by replacing the pawl and ratchet assembly.
Things You'll Need
- Flathead or Phillips screwdriver
- Pawl-and-ratchet assembly
Turn the chair over so the base is accessible. If the chair’s base is covered, carefully remove the staples in the cover with a flathead screwdriver.
Locate the pawl-and-ratchet assembly. The assembly is on the same side as the lever or button used to recline the chair, usually on the right side.
Use the flathead or Phillips screwdriver, whichever is appropriate, to remove the screws attaching the old pawl-and-ratchet assembly to the chair’s frame.
Attach the new pawl-and-ratchet assembly where the old assembly was located. Use the screws that were in the old assembly to attach the new pawl and ratchet.
Tips & Warnings
- Although you could just replace the ratchet portion of the assembly, it is best to replace the whole assembly at once.
- Check the chair’s warranty through a La-Z-Boy retailer or through the Web site before purchasing the assembly. The pawl-and-ratchet assembly has a lengthy warranty, a lifetime warranty for some chairs.
- La-Z-Boy does not recommend oiling the pawl-or-ratchet assembly. This can void the warranty.
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