How To Fix A Recliner Cable: Simple Fixing Methods!

by Andrew Smith| Last Updated: February 1, 2022

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How To Fix A Recliner Cable

Has your recliner stopped reclining lately? Does it move all the way back and forth without you initiating the movement? Stop worrying about buying another recliner—your recliner cable could be worn out or faulty. You, therefore, need to fix it.

Maybe you are at a loss on how to fix a recliner cable? How to fix a recliner cable totally depends on the problem. For example, is it broken or loose? For a broken cable, you may need to install a new one. For a loose one, however, tightening it would solve the problem. In this article, I’ll discuss how to tighten, reattach, or install a recliner cable.

So, be sure to read to the end lest you miss vital information.  

Table of Contents

How Do You Tighten A Recliner Cable?

Before reconnecting recliner cables, consider that these chairs employ various functioning mechanisms. For instance, those with cables include chair tilting or footrest adjustment levers.

While breakage necessitates replacement, a loose cable is fixable by reconnection.

How Do You Reconnect a Recliner Cable?

How Do You Attach A Recliner Cable?

A broken cable is a prevalent issue that arises after extended usage periods. To sort out the broken cable problem, you have to replace it. Doing this involves first removing the broken cable before replacing it.

Here’s the broken cable detachment procedure.

Hook Removal

Invert your recliner and open its arm. Pull back the recliner’s arm mechanism and remove its hook off the opener (it’s at the cable’s end). The cable may be spring-loaded or simply an exposed wire.

Dislodging Plastic Clips

Locate your plastic clips. Pull them out of your recliner’s arm.

Screw Removal

Now, flip your recliner on its side and dislodge the screws from its recliner cup handle.

Disconnect the previous cable

Remove the handle plus the attached cable, including the removed hook and tail.

How Do I Install A New Recliner Cable?

Source the new cable preferably from your recliner’s purchase store to ensure a correct fit.

How Do You Measure a Recliner Cable?

While you can use your chair’s model to determine a suitable recliner cable replacement, you may sometimes not know this. However, you can also measure your recliner cable to determine the appropriate replacement.

Here’s how:

Use your measurements to get a suitable replacement cable.

Want to learn more? Here is a handy guide on recliner dimensions & how to measure it.

Discover More by Watching the Video

Related Readings

How To Fix A Recliner Pull Handle [Step by Step Guide]
How To Fix A Recliner Footrest
The Easy Way of Repairing Different Parts of Your Recliner

Wrapping Up

Hopefully, you now understand how to fix a recliner cable depending on whether it’s loose or broken.

Once you finish tightening your loose cable or attaching a replacement, test your chair’s performance. Place the recliner chair naturally, sit on it, then push the handle to establish if it properly reclines to the desired position.

Depending on the outcome, take the next action—fix it again or sit on it at your convenient time.


  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith is the founder of CozySeating, is a father of 2, and an engineer from one of the leading furniture stores in the country. Due to his 10 years of experience, he has proved to be the best person to offer advice to clients regarding different seating furniture based on their needs and performance. Besides, he is a specialist in product reviews and always keeps up with the current trends in the market.

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