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Pelican Technical Article:

Seats Removal

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

T30, T45, T50 Torx, flathead screwdriver, trim removal tools

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)

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

You may have to remove the seats from your BMW E60 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 E60. 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 belt buckles in all BMW E60 models and rear seat belt buckles in some E60 models (those with the optional rear side airbags) are equipped with pyrotechnic automatic pretensioners. The pyrotechnic device has an explosive charge which is triggered by the airbag (MRS) control module in case of sudden deceleration such as a car crash. Once triggered the device cinches up the seat belt by 55 mm (about 2 inches).

The pyrotechnic pretensioner in the seat belt buckle mechanism poses a hazard if not handled carefully. The front seat belt buckles are bolted to the inside of each front seat. If you aim to remove either front seat, disconnect the negative battery terminal and insulate the end to prevent accidental reconnection.

Interior trim pieces in BMW E60 cars are often made of preformed hard plastic. Plastic clips or metal screws may be used to hold them in place. To avoid marring the trim, work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Front Seat: Working at the side of the seat, pull the trim panel off starting at the rear (red arrow).
Figure 1

Front Seat: Working at the side of the seat, pull the trim panel off starting at the rear (red arrow). Then work forward detaching the clips (green arrows).

Front Seat: This photo shows the clips you have to detach to remove the trim piece (green arrows).
Figure 2

Front Seat: This photo shows the clips you have to detach to remove the trim piece (green arrows).

Front Seat: Next, remove the T50 Torx seat belt fastener (green arrow).
Figure 3

Front Seat: Next, remove the T50 Torx seat belt fastener (green arrow). Move the seat belt out of your way.

Front Seat: Start by moving your seat as far forward as it will go.
Figure 4

Front Seat: Start by moving your seat as far forward as it will go. Then, remove the two T45 Torx mounting fasteners at the seat rails (red arrows). Once you remove the rear seat rail fasteners, move the seat as forward as it will go.

Front Seat: Using a plastic prying tool, release the seat rail trim cover (red arrows) retaining clips (green arrow) and remove them by sliding them forward.
Figure 5

Front Seat: Using a plastic prying tool, release the seat rail trim cover (red arrows) retaining clips (green arrow) and remove them by sliding them forward.

Front Seat: Then, remove the two T45 Torx mounting fasteners (green arrows) at the seat rails.
Figure 6

Front Seat: Then, remove the two T45 Torx mounting fasteners (green arrows) at the seat rails.

Front Seat: Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward.
Figure 7

Front Seat: Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward. Then remove the trim cover by pulling in the direction of the red arrow.

Front Seat: Remove the wiring harness from the seat by detaching the clip (red arrow).
Figure 8

Front Seat: Remove the wiring harness from the seat by detaching the clip (red arrow).

Front Seat: Remove the electrical connector from the seat by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out.
Figure 9

Front Seat: Remove the electrical connector from the seat by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight out.

Front Seat: Disconnect the electrical connector by sliding the release tab (red arrow) with a flathead screwdriver and separating connector.
Figure 10

Front Seat: Disconnect the electrical connector by sliding the release tab (red arrow) with a flathead screwdriver and separating connector.

Front Seat: Now you can remove the seat (red arrow) from the vehicle.
Figure 11

Front Seat: Now you can remove the seat (red arrow) from the vehicle. Cover the door entrance strip with a towel or old blanket (green arrow) to protect it from damage. Then remove the seat from the vehicle. To install reverse the removal steps.

Rear Seat: Start by removing the rear seat cushion.
Figure 12

Rear Seat: Start by removing the rear seat cushion. Pull up (red arrow) on the front corners of the seat cushion to disengage the cushion retainers.

Rear Seat: Then lift the seat cushion up and out of the vehicle while feeding the seat belt buckles out of the holes (green arrows).
Figure 13

Rear Seat: Then lift the seat cushion up and out of the vehicle while feeding the seat belt buckles out of the holes (green arrows).

Rear Seat: Next you have to remove two fasteners at the center of the rear seat back cushion (green arrows).
Figure 14

Rear Seat: 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. Remove the seat belt buckles to expose two T30 Torx seat cushion fasteners (yellow arrow). The blue arrow points to the belt buckle mounting area.

Rear Seat: Next, you have to remove the rear seat back cushion.
Figure 15

Rear Seat: 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.

Rear Seat: You have to use a flathead screwdriver and lever release (green arrow) away from release stop (yellow arrow).
Figure 16

Rear Seat: 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.

Rear Seat: Lift the seat cushion up (yellow arrow) and detach it from the mounts (red arrow) at each side.
Figure 17

Rear Seat: Lift the seat cushion up (yellow arrow) and detach it from the mounts (red arrow) at each side. Now tilt the back seat cushion forward and pull it up to remove it from the side mounting points. Once out, remove the cushion from the vehicle. To install the rear seat, reverse the removal instructions.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Roland Comments: Is there a possibility to shift position of front seats of bmw 530 e60 permanently backward for about 5 cm? I am 190cm and have problems to sit in it due to long legs.
December 4, 2016
Ron Comments: This tutorial is exactly backward as it relates to removing the rear seat back. You're not supposed to yank upward to force the metal hooks out of their slots. There are latches which are accessible from the trunk, it the top front of the trunk. From what it appears, they require some kind of special tool with a cam to release them. You release those latches first, then pull forward on the top of the seat, and it will lay forward. Then you can lift it up and out of the bottom attachments. But you still need to remove those screws near the seat belt latches. It's easiest if you just remove the seat belt latches, because getting those screws back in with them in the way, is a nightmare.
July 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You're right, it looks like some of the steps are missing. We appreciate it. I will have the article updated.

Just checked, looks like it is already in the queue to be updated, waiting for the next site build. Thanks for the note.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
A Comments: door cards, i mean door panels sorry,and i dont know how to remove them,never done this so i dont know whre air bag is attached and is it safe to do it on my owe i dont want to air bag pop in my face :D
May 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: if afraid of the airbags, I would take it to a pro to be safe. if you think you can handle the safety precautions needed, see this tech article:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/BMW-E60/58-BODY-Door_Panel_Replacement/58-BODY-Door_Panel_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
As Comments: Do I need disconnect battery if I want replace front semi auto seats 2006 pre lci and how to change door cards?
May 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, I would disconnect the battery before you remove the seat electrical connector. I am not sure what you mean by door cards. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Beemer Comments: On a 2008 550i the rear seat buckles are T50s, not T45 fig. 14
January 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
drewskit Comments: Can you show pictures of updates version. I can't find the little quarter round slot to unlock the top half of the seat. Thanks!
October 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is in the queue to be updated. Hopefully soon. Check our E90 article, the cushion lock is similar.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rick Comments: You left out the last and most crical and tricky part! Geeze, almost busted my ass trying w/o! You have to climb in trunk, and slide with screwdriver the little peg visible in the quarter round slot, one on each side up under the back of the seat back, next to the speakers. Use a flashlight. These unlock the heavy latches at the top of the seat back!
September 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for catching that. It looks like the step is missing. I will have the article updated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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