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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing the Driver's Seat

Mike Holloway

Tools:

13mm and 17mm socket, large flathead screwdriver, pliers

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz 450SL (1975-80)

Parts Required:

Front driver seat

Hot Tip:

Take out floor mats and carpeting

Performance Gain:

Improved seat

Complementary Modification:

Replace the carpet

At some point your seats will need to be replaced. Removing the driver's seat is straightforward. Follow the easy steps below to remove it.

Before you do any work on your car it is important that you wear safety glasses, work gloves and dispose of all fluids in a safe manner. Coolant is poisonous and should be treated as such. Animals and small children have been known to die from ingesting coolant. If you have to jack up your car, make sure to use jack stands and chock your wheels as well as apply the parking brake. 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. Always wear eye and hand protection. Disconnect the battery before working on your car.

Slide the front seat completely forward.
Figure 1

Slide the front seat completely forward. Using a large flathead screwdriver, loosen and remove the lower screw that is securing the seat rail to the floorboard. Loosen the top one as well. It is not intended to be removed. 

Loosen the other screw on the other side.
Figure 2

Loosen the other screw on the other side.

Using a large flatehead screwdriver, loosen the height adjustment knob.
Figure 3

Using a large flatehead screwdriver, loosen the height adjustment knob.

In order to get to the screw securing height adjuster, turn the knob so that it is vertical.
Figure 4

In order to get to the screw securing height adjuster, turn the knob so that it is vertical. There will be an access point made available to get at the screw.

Do the same to the other side.
Figure 5

Do the same to the other side.

Sliding the seat back will expose the bolt holding the front portion of the rail.
Figure 6

Sliding the seat back will expose the bolt holding the front portion of the rail. Using a 13mm socket, loosen and remove the bolt securing the rail.

Using pliers, remove the cover on the front of the rail to expose the bolt.
Figure 7

Using pliers, remove the cover on the front of the rail to expose the bolt.

Using a 13mm socket, loosen and remove the bolt holding the rail.
Figure 8

Using a 13mm socket, loosen and remove the bolt holding the rail. 

Remove the cap covering the bolt that secures the seatbelt.
Figure 9

Remove the cap covering the bolt that secures the seatbelt.

Using a 17mm socket, loosen and remove the bolt holding the seatbelt.
Figure 10

Using a 17mm socket, loosen and remove the bolt holding the seatbelt.

There is a sensor in the driver's seat.
Figure 11

There is a sensor in the driver's seat. Unplug the sensor lead.

The seat is now free to be refinished.
Figure 12

The seat is now free to be refinished.
Installation of the seat is the reverse of removal.    

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