how to remove front seat on a car

By YOUCANIC on Jan 8, 2019

How to remove car seats

Whether you are replacing the seat cushion, seat occupancy sensor or the whole front seat, removing front seat of a car is much simpler procedure than you think.

In this guide, you will learn how to remove and replace the front seat of a car. 

What you will need

Tools

Instructions 

Follow these instructions to remove the car seat on any car. The procedure is almost identical regardless of the car manufacturer. The only difference is that some makes require torx sockets to remove the bolts that secure the seat to the frame. 

  1. If you have power seats don't disconnect the car battery yet. Move the front seat all the way to forward. how to remove front car seat

     

  2. Locate the two bolts at the back of the seat. Look at the end of seat rails. The bolts may not always be exposed as they are in this case.

    Newer cars have a plastic cover on top of the screws. Remove the plastic covers to access the seat bolts.  
     

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  3. Remove the two bolts on the back. These bolts can be hex head bolts, Torx bolts or hexagonal bolts. You will have two, one at the end of each seat rail.

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  4. Move the seat all the way back. If you have power seats, you need to keep the battery connected.

    Otherwise, you won't be able to move the seat back. If you can't move the seat back, it will be nearly impossible to get to the two bolts at the front of the seat.
     

  5. Remove the two bolts at the front of the seat rails. 

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  6. Next, disconnect the car battery. Don't disconnect the car seat wires if the key is in the ignition and the battery is still connected. Doing so will trigger the air bag / SRS warning light.

  7. Lift up the seat. At this point, you should get a helper to keep the front seat tilted all the way back so that you disconnect the electrical cables.

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  8. Disconnect the electrical cables from underneath the seats. 
     

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  9. Remove the front car seat from the car. 

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  10. Reinstall the seat in reverse order. 
     

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Frequently Asked Questions

My SRS /airbag light came on after I replaced the seat.

Check the wires under the seat especially the yellow connector. This is the wire for the weight sensor mounted in the seat and sometimes the sensor for the seat belt buckle. Having these wires disconnected can trigger the airbag light. You will need to use an Airbag SRS Scanner to read the codes and reset them if necessary. 

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