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Pelican Technical Article:

Seats Removal

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$10

Talent:

***

Tools:

Socket set 16mm, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

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 E53 X5 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 E53. Once removed, you can repair items like the seat switches or motors, or in the rear, the fuel pump or seat belt buckles.

Front Seat:
Front Seat: Start by moving your seat as far back as it will go.
Figure 1

Front Seat: Start by moving your seat as far back as it will go. Then, remove the two trim caps (green arrows). Then remove the front 16mm mounting nuts (yellow arrow).

Front Seat: Once you remove the front seat rail fasteners, move the seat as forward as it will go.
Figure 2

Front Seat: Once you remove the front seat rail fasteners, move the seat as forward as it will go. Next, you will have to remove the seat belt from the front seat. Remove the 16mm seat belt fastener (yellow arrows). Move the seat belt out of your way. Then, remove the two 16mm mounting fasteners at the seat rails.

Front Seat: Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward to expose the seat electrical connector.
Figure 3

Front Seat: Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward to expose the seat electrical connector. Remove the electrical connector from the seat by unlocking the sliding tab (green arrow) using a flathead screwdriver. Then slide the connector out (yellow arrow) of the sliding lock to remove it. Now you can remove the seat from the vehicle. Cover the door entrance strip with a towel or old blanket to protect it from damage. Then remove the seat from the vehicle. To install reverse the removal steps.

Rear Seat:
Rear Seat: Start by removing the rear seat cushion.
Figure 4

Rear Seat: Start by removing the rear seat cushion. Pull up on the front corners of the seat cushion up in the direction of the green arrow to disengage the cushion retainer. Then feed out of the seat back in the direction of the yellow arrow.

Rear Seat: With the seat cushion moved forward, remove the 16mm center seat belt fastener (green arrow).
Figure 5

Rear Seat: With the seat cushion moved forward, remove the 16mm center seat belt fastener (green arrow). Once the fastener is removed feed the seat belt through the seat. Then remove it from the vehicle.

Rear Seat: Next you have to remove the two seat back side cushions (green arrows).
Figure 6

Rear Seat: Next you have to remove the two seat back side cushions (green arrows). Pull the cushion forward to detach the clip (blue arrow) from the socket (yellow arrow). Then lift up and remove the two seat back side cushions. The left side is shown. Repeat for the right side.

Rear Seat: With the side cushions removed, fold the seat back down.
Figure 7

Rear Seat: With the side cushions removed, fold the seat back down. Then working at the side of the seat back near the pivot, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (green arrows). Once the fasteners are removed, remove the mounting bracket (yellow arrow) from the seat back pivot. Slide the bracket toward the front of the vehicle to remove it. The left side is shown. Repeat the same procedure for the right side.

Rear Seat: Then working at the center of the seat backs near the pivot, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (green arrows).
Figure 8

Rear Seat: Then working at the center of the seat backs near the pivot, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (green arrows). Once the fasteners are removed, remove the mounting bracket (yellow arrow) from the seat back pivot.

Rear Seat: Lift both seat backs up in the direction of the green arrow to remove the backs from the center and side pivot.
Figure 9

Rear Seat: Lift both seat backs up in the direction of the green arrow to remove the backs from the center and side pivot. Then remove in the direction of the blue arrow. Have someone around to help as the seat back is quite heavy. To install the rear seat, reverse the removal instructions.

Comments and Suggestions:
robert0313 Comments: do you have part numbers for the mounting hardware for the backrest?

the harware as shown on picture 7 and 8
August 9, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: With your vehicle info handy, Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mart Comments: Hi, got the rear cushion off, but not way can i get it to clip back onto the metal humps to locate. im 17 stone, ive knelt, jumped sat thumped all to no avail, seat is knocking up and down now very annoying. also can you tell me where the front seat belt warning cables are, some one has disconnected them so there is no dash warning . i need to get it back on, cant find the things anywehre under seat or anywhere thanks
March 13, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check if the clip in the body broke when the seat was removed. That will prevent it from staying attached. The seat belt buckle wiring comes off the bottom of the buckle. That is what runs to the switch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sroor9001 Comments: Hello nice write up I want to ask
Will the rail fit on e39
Mean just swapping the seat
If the width ok
I can drill holes on the base to fix it on my e39
March 6, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, it will not fit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Greyfoxvt Comments: I was under the impression that if you disconnected the cables from the seat that the airbag light would illuminate, and need a factory setting. Don't you have to disconnect the battery first?
December 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Disconnect battery first. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gary Comments: I'm after the rear centre belt which is mounted inside the large section rear seat. The belt disappears inside the leather. Thanks for trying though. Gary
July 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a panel behind the backrest, the seat belt reel is located inside it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gary Comments: Hi I need to get the centre rear seatbelt reel/mechanism out too. The trim you say to remove where is that exactly please? Do you have to take the back of the seat off to get access to the reel/mechanism. Thanks Gary
July 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's bolts to the c-pillar. behind the side cushions and trim.
We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Paul Comments: Is there a way to remove the center seat belt tensioner? I have to replace mine.
July 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, if the reel, remove the trim panels and remove it. If the buckle, remove the seats, then remove the buckle.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
E53Welt Comments: Love you guys!
June 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks!! - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Alistair Comments: I have fitted seats with memory ,when I couple up the wires they wont work except only when I touch them together
September 17, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't understand the question or your scenario. Can you explain what is going on and what you are trying to fix? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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