Recliners can take quite a beating in everyday normal use. They mechanisms eventually get stiff or sticky or really loose. They have to get really bad for most people to finally replace them. I’ll frequently be at someone else’s house and sit in their recliner and have to get a set of instructions on how to operate it. “You have to lean to the left and the pull back on the handle while jerking yourself forward and then quickly lean back… here, just get up and let me show you.”