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Pelican Technical Article:

Audi A4 Seat Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, 10mm 12 point, T30, T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

Audi A4 (2002-05)
Audi A4 Cabriolet (2003-06)

Hot Tip:

Have a vacuum ready for the carpet under the seats

Performance Gain:

Better support from installing sports seats

Complementary Modification:

Clean carpet and interior beneath seats

If you have to remove the seats from your Audi A4 to replace them or service components beneath them, this tech article will show you how. I will break this article down into front seats and rear seats. Though there are a few options for different seats and configurations in the Audi A4, the procedures are basically the same.

Before you begin, disconnect the battery (in order to avoid airbag deployment).



Front Seats - This procedure was done on the driver side seat but the passengers are similar.
Figure 1

Front Seats - This procedure was done on the driver side seat but the passengers are similar. Begin by sliding the seat all the way forward and up. You will need to remove the seat belt from its anchor point on the outside of the seat. Remove the trim piece by sliding up and out (red arrow). This will give you access to the belt (yellow arrow).

Front Seats: This close up image illustrates the metal clip you will lift up towards you to slide the belt from the anchor point (red arrow).
Figure 2

Front Seats: This close up image illustrates the metal clip you will lift up towards you to slide the belt from the anchor point (red arrow). You will need to raise the seat to accomplish this, or the belt will jam against the frame when you try and remove it.

Front Seats: With the clip lifted up, you can slide the belt off the anchor point (red arrow).
Figure 3

Front Seats: With the clip lifted up, you can slide the belt off the anchor point (red arrow).

Front Seats: Working at the rear there are two trim pieces you will need to remove.
Figure 4

Front Seats: Working at the rear there are two trim pieces you will need to remove. Begin by removing the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows).

Front Seats: Next, remove the trim plug on each side (red arrow).
Figure 5

Front Seats: Next, remove the trim plug on each side (red arrow).

Front Seats: Slide the trim pieces to the rear and remove them (red arrow).
Figure 6

Front Seats: Slide the trim pieces to the rear and remove them (red arrow).

Front Seats: Use a 10mm 12 point and remove two bolts (red arrow, one on each side) holding the rail to the frame.
Figure 7

Front Seats: Use a 10mm 12 point and remove two bolts (red arrow, one on each side) holding the rail to the frame. Note: make sure the socket is well seated before loosening the bolts; these bolts can get full of junk over the years. You do not want to strip them.

Front Seats: Move to the front of the seat and slide it all the way to the rear.
Figure 8

Front Seats: Move to the front of the seat and slide it all the way to the rear. Remove the trim piece on each front rail. The front trim pieces only have the plastic plug (red arrow).

Front Seats - Use a 10mm 12 point and remove two bolts (red arrow, one on each side) holding the rail to the frame.
Figure 9

Front Seats - Use a 10mm 12 point and remove two bolts (red arrow, one on each side) holding the rail to the frame. Note: make sure the socket is well seated before loosening the bolts; these bolts can get full of junk over the years. You do not want to strip them.

Front Seats: Tilt the seatback and remove the cover for the electrical connections.
Figure 10

Front Seats: Tilt the seatback and remove the cover for the electrical connections. Release the cable bracket (red arrows) by pushing in on the tabs and remove the wiring connections. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Rear Seat Bench: The rear bench seat just pulls straight up.
Figure 11

Rear Seat Bench: The rear bench seat just pulls straight up. There are two clips, one under each seat. You will need to pull up quite hard (red arrow).

Rear Seat Bench: This photo illustrates the metal clip on the seat (red arrow) that sits in a plastic cup in the chassis (yellow arrow).
Figure 12

Rear Seat Bench: This photo illustrates the metal clip on the seat (red arrow) that sits in a plastic cup in the chassis (yellow arrow). Sometimes the plastic clip will come out of the chassis with the seat. If that happens just take it off the seat and reinsert it into the chassis.

Rear Seat Backs: If you have the split 60/40 rear seats, both seats can be folded forward by the release handles near the C-pillar (red arrows).
Figure 13

Rear Seat Backs: If you have the split 60/40 rear seats, both seats can be folded forward by the release handles near the C-pillar (red arrows).

Rear Seat Backs: With the seats folded forward, move the carpet in the trunk and remove the trim piece between the seats (red arrow); it just pulls straight up.
Figure 14

Rear Seat Backs: With the seats folded forward, move the carpet in the trunk and remove the trim piece between the seats (red arrow); it just pulls straight up.

Rear Seat Backs: Use a T30 Torx and remove the single screw on the bracket between the seats (red arrow).
Figure 15

Rear Seat Backs: Use a T30 Torx and remove the single screw on the bracket between the seats (red arrow).

Rear Seat Backs: Slip the bracket off (red arrow).
Figure 16

Rear Seat Backs: Slip the bracket off (red arrow).

Rear Seat Backs: You can now slip the seat out from the center bracket.
Figure 17

Rear Seat Backs: You can now slip the seat out from the center bracket. Tilt it towards the door and remove it from the vehicle. Installation is the reverse of removal.



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Comments and Suggestions:
Ed Comments: Nick, I can across your reply to user "safety" about disconnecting the battery to prevent the airbag from being deployed. I like to know if you're referring to the front or rear seats. Thanks.
July 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: For the front. The rear should be OK. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mommymac60 Comments: Hello, there is a bracket that mounts the electric seat control panel to the frame of the seat. i need the bracket. can u tell me if you carry that bar?
June 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Pelican Parts can get it.
For an instant response, give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
safety Comments: shouldn't the battery be disconnected prior to unplugging electrical connections to avoid airbag deployment?
March 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, the battery should be disconnected and you should wait 15 minutes before working on the system .

Thanks for catching the omission. We appreciate it. I will have the article updated. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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