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Pelican Technical Article:

Seat Removal

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

E12 Torx, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz E320 (2003-05)
Mercedes-Benz E500 (2003-06)
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG (2003-06)

Parts Required:

Seats, seat parts

Hot Tip:

Have an old blanket to lay seats on once removed

Performance Gain:

Repair broken seats

Complementary Modification:

Clean carpet and interior beneath seats

The seats in Mercedes-Benz W211 models can come equipped with many features. For example the front seats can be equipped with seat heat, seat ventilation, air-lumbar supports and massaging backrests. The seat switches are located on the door panel, controlling front seat movement via a control module. The front seats also have an airbag built into the backrest. When servicing the front seats, be sure to work with the battery disconnected.

The rear seats can have split folding cushions and backrests. Along with a center armrest tunnel and a ski bag. The rear seat cushions can be removed quite easily. Then the folding bracket can be replaced is needed. The rear backrest folds down flat, for transporting large items. Once folded, it can be removed in a few easy steps, along with the rear backrest side cushions.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. 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 E12 External Torx mounting fasteners at the seat rails (red arrows). Once you remove the rear seat rail fasteners, move the seat as far back as it will go. If you want, remove the plastic trim pieces by pressing the release tab (green arrow) and sliding them off the seat rails. I usually leave these on the seat rails.

I will highlight how to remove the left side seat. Removing the right side seat is similar.

Front Seat: With the seat all the way back, remove the two E12 External Torx mounting fasteners (red arrows) at the seat rails.
Figure 2

Front Seat: With the seat all the way back, remove the two E12 External Torx mounting fasteners (red arrows) at the seat rails.

Front Seat: This photo shows how I access the inner fastener.
Figure 3

Front Seat: This photo shows how I access the inner fastener. It seems like a tight fit, however with a six-inch extension, you have easy access.

Front Seat: Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward.
Figure 4

Front Seat: Once the seat belt and fasteners are removed from your seat, tilt the seat backward. Then disconnect the battery negative cable. See our tech article on battery replacing.

Front Seat: There are a total of four electrical connectors and one air line to disconnect.
Figure 5

Front Seat: There are a total of four electrical connectors and one air line to disconnect. Start at the inner yellow connector. Squeeze the release tabs and pull the connector straight out. Then work your way down (red arrow) to the next connector until they are all detached.

Front Seat: Pull the airline apart at the junction (red arrow).
Figure 6

Front Seat: Pull the airline apart at the junction (red arrow).

Front Seat: Now you can remove the seat from the vehicle.
Figure 7

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

Rear Seat: Start at the left side seat cushion.
Figure 8

Rear Seat: Start at the left side seat cushion. In front of the cushion is a small plastic release lever. Pull the lever up to release the seat cushion latch.

Rear Seat: Fold the seat cushion forward.
Figure 9

Rear Seat: Fold the seat cushion forward.

Rear Seat: With the seat cushion folded forward, pull the upper rod (red arrow) up, while pulling the latches (green arrows) off the lower rod (yellow arrow).
Figure 10

Rear Seat: With the seat cushion folded forward, pull the upper rod (red arrow) up, while pulling the latches (green arrows) off the lower rod (yellow arrow).

Rear Seat: Remove the seat cushion from the vehicle.
Figure 11

Rear Seat: Remove the seat cushion from the vehicle.

Rear Seat: With the seat cushion removed, you can now replace the seat cushion linkage.
Figure 12

Rear Seat: With the seat cushion removed, you can now replace the seat cushion linkage. Start by removing the two plastic trim covers, just below the seat cushion near the footwell. The green arrow points to where you pull to detach the cover. The photo shows the left side outer. Repeat for the left side inner. Then remove the 10mm fastener that was covered (red arrow). Repeat for the left side inner.

Rear Seat: Next, remove both upper 10mm fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 13

Rear Seat: Next, remove both upper 10mm fasteners (red arrows). Slightly lift the seat cushion linkage (yellow arrow) and remove the plastic trim piece (green arrow). Now you can remove and replace the seat cushion linkage. Repeat these steps for the right side components if needed.

Rear Seat: To remove the rear backrest, start by removing the T45 Tors seat belt buckle fastener (red arrow).
Figure 14

Rear Seat: To remove the rear backrest, start by removing the T45 Tors seat belt buckle fastener (red arrow).

Rear Seat: Working at the side backrest cushion, remove the 10mm fastener (red arrow).
Figure 15

Rear Seat: Working at the side backrest cushion, remove the 10mm fastener (red arrow). Repeat this step for the right side.

Rear Seat: Lift the seat cushion up (red arrow) and detach the clip (green arrow) from the mount (yellow arrow).
Figure 16

Rear Seat: Lift the seat cushion up (red arrow) and detach the clip (green arrow) from the mount (yellow arrow). Repeat this step for the right side.

Rear Seat: Fold both backrests down.
Figure 17

Rear Seat: Fold both backrests down. Then working at the center of the backrests, pull the trim cover off (red arrow).

Rear Seat: Next, remove the T30 Torx fastener (red arrow).
Figure 18

Rear Seat: Next, remove the T30 Torx fastener (red arrow). Then open the cover (green arrow) to expose the seat pivots.

Rear Seat: Now you can remove one seat backrest section at a time.
Figure 19

Rear Seat: Now you can remove one seat backrest section at a time. Fold the backrest up as you pull the pivot (red arrow) out of the mount. Note the flat section on the pivot (yellow arrow). This has to be orientated vertical to allow removal of the pivot from the mount. With the pivot removed, slide the opposite end pivot out of the mount (green arrow). Once out, remove the backrest from the vehicle. To install the rear seat, reverse the removal instructions.

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Comments and Suggestions:
fascadale Comments: Hi Nick,thanks for your reply,unfortunately the key approach is a No No,it does not fit the boot lock, and so I ordered a new one from Mercedes based on the VIN number and guess what that one does not work either , so I am desperate to enter the boot and repair the wiring fault to electrically open the boot if possible through the split seats,I saw your excellent pictorial about removing the rear back rests and thought if I remove one of the side rear cushions by the rear door , I may be able to cut away some of the base materal and get my hand in and onto a release catch at the top of the folding rear seats as there is no really solid bulkhead material or is there ?its a crazy scenario and would welcome any other ideas you may have, I do not want to drill the boot lock barrel as the cost would be much too high , and I saw your pictures and think this is a lifeline if I can do it
Many Thanks , Michael .
April 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
fascadale Comments: Great pictorial explanation, question for you , I have 2003 W211 with split rear seats and can not get into the boot, key and electric problem, if I remove the narrow side cushion nearest to rear door , could I get my hand in to realse the catches HELP please
April 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Maybe, I h ave seen it done. Have you tried the mechanical key in the trunk lid? Remove the emergency key from the remote, then open the trunk using the key hole under the lid. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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