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Pelican Technical Article:

Seats Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$10

Talent:

***

Tools:

Socket set, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW E90 3-Series (2006-11)
BMW E91 3-Series (2006-12)
BMW E92 3-Series (2007-13)
BMW E93 3-Series (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Seats, seat parts

Hot Tip:

Have an old blanket to lay seats on once removed

Performance Gain:

Access to seat switches and components beneath seats

Complementary Modification:

Clean carpet and interior beneath seats

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You may have to remove the seats from your BMW E90 to replace them or service components beneath them, for example the fuel pump or front seat switches. In this tech article, I will show you how to remove the front and rear seats from your BMW E90. Once removed, you can repair items like the seat switches, the seat module or motors; or in the rear, the fuel pump or seat belt buckles.

Front Seat

Start by moving your seat as far forward as it will go.
Figure 1

Start by moving your seat as far forward as it will go. Then, remove the two T45 Torx mounting fasteners at the seat rails. (green arrows)

Next, you will have to remove the seat belt from the front seat.
Figure 2

Next, you will have to remove the seat belt from the front seat. Lever off rear trim panel on front seat to expose seat belt fastener. (green arrow)

Next, remove T45 Torx seat belt fastener.
Figure 3

Next, remove T45 Torx seat belt fastener. (green arrow) Move seat belt out of your way.Once you remove the front seat rail fasteners, move the seat as forward as it will go.

Then, remove the two T45 Torx mounting fasteners at the seat rails.
Figure 4

Then, remove the two T45 Torx mounting fasteners at the seat rails.

Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward to expose seat module electrical connector.
Figure 5

Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward to expose seat module electrical connector. (green arrow)

Remove electrical connector from seat by unlocking tabs using a flathead screwdriver, then slide connector off mounting bracket toward back of seat.
Figure 6

Remove electrical connector from seat by unlocking tabs using a flathead screwdriver, then slide connector off mounting bracket toward back of seat.

Disconnect electrical connector by sliding release tab with a flathead screwdriver and separating connector.
Figure 7

Disconnect electrical connector by sliding release tab with a flathead screwdriver and separating connector. Now you can remove the seat from vehicle. Cover the door entrance strip with a towel or old blanket to protect it from damage. Then remove seat from vehicle. To install reverse removal steps. Rear Seat

Start by removing the rear seat cushion.
Figure 8

Start by removing the rear seat cushion. Pull up on front corners of seat cushion to disengage cushion retainer, then lift seat cushion up and out of vehicle.

Next, you have to remove two fasteners at the center of the rear seat back cushion.
Figure 9

Next, you have to remove two fasteners at the center of the rear seat back cushion. (green arrows) Use a T45 Torx bit to remove them. (green arrows) The fasteners are located at the center of the seat back cushion, between the seat belt buckles.

Next, you have to remove the rear seat back cushion.
Figure 10

Next, you have to remove the rear seat back cushion. This part is a little tricky, just because accessing the release in the trunk requires you to bend in an unnatural way. The green arrows point to the seat back lock.

You have to use a flathead screwdriver and lever release (green arrow) away from release stop (yellow arrow).
Figure 11

You have to use a flathead screwdriver and lever release (green arrow) away from release stop (yellow arrow). While you lever, push seat back toward interior of vehicle. You will know when it releases as it frees up a bit from the body. Now tilt the back seat cushion forward and pull up to remove from side mounting points. Once out, remove cushion from vehicle. To install rear seat, reverse removal instructions.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Thong Comments: Hi,
do I need to unplug the battery before replace the power seat control module E90?
thanks
July 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Thong Comments: Hi,
my 2006 e325i having problem with power seat control module. I'm trying to replace it with another one used one. so do I need to re-programmed it to make it work?
thanks
Thong
July 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure about a used one. I have not done it that way. New ones do require programming. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Stote Comments: How a about for a e91 with folding seats?
July 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If we get the chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
josh Comments: Hi, when moving I had something spill in the back and it apparently ate away at the metal bracket rails that allows the seat to move back and forth. The car is manual non-powered seats. What do I need to do to get the seat to move back and forth again. Can I just buy a replacement part or do I have to buy a whole new seat?
June 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may be best off getting a used seat. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Phil Comments: Great instructions thanks. Worked well on my 2005 320i E90 exec. Saved me a lot of stress trying to access my wiring loom whilst installing a reversing camera one late Sunday afternoon.
May 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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