How to remove car seats DIY Guide
Whether you are replacing the seat cushion, seat occupancy sensor or the whole front seat, removing the front seat of a car is much simpler procedure than you think. In this DIY guide, you will learn how to replace the front seat of a car.
What you need
- Mechanic Toolset
- Torx, Allen or Secure Socket
Instructions on how to remove car seat
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 use torx head bolts while others may use hex head bolts.
- If you have power windows don't disconnect the car battery yet. Move the front seat all the way to forward.
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. Often on newer cars will have a plastic cover on top of the screws.Remove the plastic covers to access the seat bolts.
Remove the two bolts on the back. These bolts can be hex head bolts, Torx bolts or the typical hexagonal bolts. You will have two, one at the end of each seat rail.
Move the seat all the way back. If you have power seats, that's why 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.
Remove the two bolts at the front of the seat rails.
Next, disconnect the car battery. Don't remove the front car seat if your key is in the ignition and the battery is connected. You risk triggering the air bag / SRS warning light.
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.
Disconnect the electrical cables from underneath the seats.
Remove the front car seat from the car.
Reinstall the seat in reverse order.
Why you may want to remove the front seat on a car
This is a list of the most common reasons why you may need remove the front seats.
- Remove the front seat to fix broken power seat motor
- Remove front seat to replace seat cushions
- Remove front car seat to do a deep vehicle detail
- Remove car seat to replace a defective seat occupancy sensor. (Common problem causing the airbag / SRS light to come on.)
- Replace seat adjustment switch
- Install aftermarket car seats