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Seat Removal and Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Seat Removal and Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

T40, T50 Torx, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2007-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2007-08)
R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)
R57 MINI Cooper Convertible (2009-11)
R57 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2009-11)

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

You may have to remove the seats from your MINI R56 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 MINI R56 Coupe. Once removed, you can repair items like the seat belt buckle, or in the rear, the fuel pump or seat belt buckles.

Front seat belt buckles in all MINI R56 models and rear seat belt buckles in some R56 models (those with the optional rear side airbags) are equipped with pyrotechnic automatic pre-tensioners. 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 pre-tensioner 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 MINI R56 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 you're 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. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

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

Front Seat: Start by moving your seat as far forward as it will go. Then, remove the two T40 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: Then, remove the two T40 Torx mounting fasteners (red arrows) at the seat rails.
Figure 2

Front Seat: Then, remove the two T40 Torx mounting fasteners (red arrows) at the seat rails.

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

Front Seat: Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward. Disconnect the electrical connector (yellow arrow) by sliding the release tab (red arrow) with a flathead screwdriver and separating connector.

Front Seat: Now you can remove the seat from the vehicle.
Figure 4

Front Seat: Now you can remove the seat from the vehicle. Cover the door entrance strip with a floor mat or old blanket to protect it from damage. Then remove the seat from the vehicle. To install reverse the removal steps.

Rear Seat: Using a plastic prying tool, lever out (inset) the four seat anchor trim covers (red arrows).
Figure 5

Rear Seat: Using a plastic prying tool, lever out (inset) the four seat anchor trim covers (red arrows).

Rear Seat: Start by removing the rear seat cushion.
Figure 6

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. Then lift the seat cushion up and out of the vehicle.

Rear Seat: Open the seat folding handles (red arrows) and fold down the seat backs.
Figure 7

Rear Seat: Open the seat folding handles (red arrows) and fold down the seat backs. The seats are released via a clip at the center (yellow arrow).

Rear Seat: With the seats folded down, lever the retaining spring to the side (red arrow) while pushing the seat stud (yellow arrow) up with a flathead screwdriver.
Figure 8

Rear Seat: With the seats folded down, lever the retaining spring to the side (red arrow) while pushing the seat stud (yellow arrow) up with a flathead screwdriver. Once the stud clears the retainer, lift the seat back up and remove it at an angle, feeding he opposite side stud out of the body. To install reverse the removal steps.

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