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Old Mon, Mar-27-2006, 12:45:39 AM   #1
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Default e36 convertaible rear seat back removal

Can someone help me out with a little advice? I can't seem to figure out how to get my rear seat back out and the dealers in the Washington DC area have all been clueless. I don't know if they really don't know or if they just want me to pay them to do it but it doesn't make any sense to me. :nixweiss:
I've been told to partially open the top storage compartment cover and just pull the top part of the seat forward but it doesn't want to come out very easily. I have a tendancy to break things so I didn't want to pull too hard. I am trying to install an ipod adapter that plugs in between the cd changer and the cable that runs to the stereo. I don't have a service manual (yet) and I'd really be grateful for any advice.
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Can someone help me out with a little advice? I can't seem to figure out how to get my rear seat back out and the dealers in the Washington DC area have all been clueless. I don't know if they really don't know or if they just want me to pay them to do it but it doesn't make any sense to me. :nixweiss:
I've been told to partially open the top storage compartment cover and just pull the top part of the seat forward but it doesn't want to come out very easily. I have a tendancy to break things so I didn't want to pull too hard. I am trying to install an ipod adapter that plugs in between the cd changer and the cable that runs to the stereo. I don't have a service manual (yet) and I'd really be grateful for any advice.
Piece'a cake.

1. Remove headrests. Pull up REALLY REALLY hard with the top down. Try not to hit yourself in the chin when you do it. Sometimes they don't want to move - try squirting WD40 down alongside the rods. The seat CAN NOT BE REMOVED until you remove the headrests.

2. Remove seat-cushion - the part the butt goes on. Grab front edge and yank upwards. It will release from some clips. Toss it over the side so you have room.

3. Grab the top edge of the rear-seat-back and pull it directly FORWARDS towards the front of the car. There are two clips - one on each side. Once the clips are free, and the edge is clear of the defroster heater-trim, pull the seat back upwards. It will be released from two tabs in the bottom. Pull out the seatbelts enough to thread it out of them (no need to unbolt the bottom.)

Reinstallation is the reverse.

BTDT - today in fact.. There are two large rubber grommets on the far left and right corners of the trunk that go into the passenger compartment. If you find a piece of stiff tubing, you can push it through the grommet along side the existing wiring - using it as a "snake" - attach the wire you want to go through to the end of the tubing with something like electrical tape and pull the wire through by pulling the tubing through.
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Piece'a cake.

1. Remove headrests. Pull up REALLY REALLY hard with the top down. Try not to hit yourself in the chin when you do it. Sometimes they don't want to move - try squirting WD40 down alongside the rods. The seat CAN NOT BE REMOVED until you remove the headrests.

2. Remove seat-cushion - the part the butt goes on. Grab front edge and yank upwards. It will release from some clips. Toss it over the side so you have room.

3. Grab the top edge of the rear-seat-back and pull it directly FORWARDS towards the front of the car. There are two clips - one on each side. Once the clips are free, and the edge is clear of the defroster heater-trim, pull the seat back upwards. It will be released from two tabs in the bottom. Pull out the seatbelts enough to thread it out of them (no need to unbolt the bottom.)

Reinstallation is the reverse.

BTDT - today in fact.. There are two large rubber grommets on the far left and right corners of the trunk that go into the passenger compartment. If you find a piece of stiff tubing, you can push it through the grommet along side the existing wiring - using it as a "snake" - attach the wire you want to go through to the end of the tubing with something like electrical tape and pull the wire through by pulling the tubing through.


Don, you are my freaking hero... Please don't abandon us on the E36 forum now that you're moving up to the E46 world!! Seriously, this kind of help is what the rest of us poor guys need, and can't seem to find very easily anywhere else. Thanks for this post - it's going to come in handy when I do the Leatherique treatment that I learned about from... one of your other posts!!

Thanks again for the help.

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Piece'a cake.

1. Remove headrests. Pull up REALLY REALLY hard with the top down. Try not to hit yourself in the chin when you do it. Sometimes they don't want to move - try squirting WD40 down alongside the rods. The seat CAN NOT BE REMOVED until you remove the headrests.

2. Remove seat-cushion - the part the butt goes on. Grab front edge and yank upwards. It will release from some clips. Toss it over the side so you have room.

3. Grab the top edge of the rear-seat-back and pull it directly FORWARDS towards the front of the car. There are two clips - one on each side. Once the clips are free, and the edge is clear of the defroster heater-trim, pull the seat back upwards. It will be released from two tabs in the bottom. Pull out the seatbelts enough to thread it out of them (no need to unbolt the bottom.)

Reinstallation is the reverse.

BTDT - today in fact.. There are two large rubber grommets on the far left and right corners of the trunk that go into the passenger compartment. If you find a piece of stiff tubing, you can push it through the grommet along side the existing wiring - using it as a "snake" - attach the wire you want to go through to the end of the tubing with something like electrical tape and pull the wire through by pulling the tubing through.


Hey thanks! I really needed that! I tried the head rests but was scared I was gonna break something. Will definately watch the chin. I'm going to try to get it done soon as I get home from work. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Thanks again,

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once removed, spray something down there. I used silicon spray after my first deathmatch with the headrests, they've been fine since.
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Okay I got the headrests off!!! and what do you know but that the damn seat came right out!!!
Funny thing, I posted the same question on the bimmerwerks forum and got not one single response. Guess I know where to concentrate my time when I've got issues (and man have I got issues). Thanks guys for the help. It made my week.

Now I just need to get some help with the radar detector.

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Default Great thread !!!

As you can see from the date this info is always needed.

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I leave my headrest out...I don't think they match well with the Vaders and it is so easy to pop the rear seats in and out...top and bottom.
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Piece'a cake.

1. Remove headrests. Pull up REALLY REALLY hard with the top down. Try not to hit yourself in the chin when you do it. Sometimes they don't want to move - try squirting WD40 down alongside the rods. The seat CAN NOT BE REMOVED until you remove the headrests.

2. Remove seat-cushion - the part the butt goes on. Grab front edge and yank upwards. It will release from some clips. Toss it over the side so you have room.

3. Grab the top edge of the rear-seat-back and pull it directly FORWARDS towards the front of the car. There are two clips - one on each side. Once the clips are free, and the edge is clear of the defroster heater-trim, pull the seat back upwards. It will be released from two tabs in the bottom. Pull out the seatbelts enough to thread it out of them (no need to unbolt the bottom.)

Reinstallation is the reverse.

BTDT - today in fact.. There are two large rubber grommets on the far left and right corners of the trunk that go into the passenger compartment. If you find a piece of stiff tubing, you can push it through the grommet along side the existing wiring - using it as a "snake" - attach the wire you want to go through to the end of the tubing with something like electrical tape and pull the wire through by pulling the tubing through.
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