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rear seat / cushion removal with pictures

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by bellwilliam, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. bellwilliam

    bellwilliam Member

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    #1 bellwilliam, Apr 16, 2013
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    had a hard time removing seats, so took some pictures for future reference..

    looks like 2 ways of removing rear cushion:
    1. my way, by force, almost broke the plastic anchor. there are 2 U shaped prongs that's inserted into 2 plastic white thingie (see red arrow)
    2. remove steel frame along with seat bottom. there are 6 hex nuts (see green arrow) holding it.

    sorry pictures couldn't be better.
    there is probably a thread somewhere showing easy way, but I couldn't find one.

    see those blue masking tape ? it was there :)
     

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    Did you happen to notice if the seat belt receivers are adjustable? I have an issue with one of mine being misaligned, and because it is so flush with the seat surface it slips underneath cloth grommet and become incredibly hard to buckle. I've seen other pictures of Model S where the receivers stick out 0.5".
     
  3. bellwilliam

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    sorry, don't look like it is adjustable. at least from the buckle itself
     

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    Looking at those it's somewhat surprising that adding the second charger after delivery is $2100 of labor...

    bellwilliam, if you don't mind me asking, what's your goal in getting under the seats?
     
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    #5 bellwilliam, Apr 16, 2013
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    there is a loud whine from motor/gear at ~70MPH, there is a thread on this issue. I thought about applying sound absorbing mats (~dynamat) to quiet it.
     
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    The service tech took 6 hours to pull out the rear seat and replace, not add, a second charger. I can see the big $2100 labor charge. $250 an hour with 8 plus hours.
     
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    Has anyone installed the cushion back in? Should it just snap back into the white clips? It looks like there is a white plastic part in the way. Should the white clips be removed and installed on the cushion first before pushing back down?
     
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    I can't even get the seat to lift a little to get at the hex bolts??? We have a problem in the High Voltage Junction box but I can't get to it.
     
  9. Happy Kappy

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    Just an update on this older thread - I removed it in about 5 minutes. Do not pull up on the seat cushion on the rear side (where it meets seat back) or you can bend something!

    Step 1: take two larger flathead screwdrivers and insert them on each side of the "grommet box" that holds the rear seat in place. This is 12" in from each door where the seat meets the carpet. If you run your finger you will feel them and the slot on each side. That slot is for a grommet tool but mine didn't work so I just used the trusty old flathead. Turn the screw driver so the flathead hits the bottom of the very large white grommet (you can see it if you bent down and peer into the crack and pullling the bottom of the cushion away a bit). Use a light folks...makes it much easier to see and get your bearings on this. The screwdrivers will be one under the other most likely but doesnt matter.

    Step 2: use knee to be pushing down on one and your hand down on the other. you will feel it when you are under that hard plastic grommet...and did i mention its ewwwggggg.

    Step 3: At the same time as pushing down, use your free hand to pull up on the seat bottom right in between where the screw drivers are. It sometimes takes a few tries...or maybe a few more than that....but one you get one you will get the few for it.

    Step 4: Do second grommet on other side and the seat bottom pops right out.

    as always, use patience. It will come. Good luck.
     

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