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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Seat Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

10mm XZN driver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 955 Cayenne (2004-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne GTS (2008-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne S (2003-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo (2003-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo S (2006-10)

Hot Tip:

Make sure the trim covers go on correctly

Performance Gain:

Finding that CD you lost years ago.

Complementary Modification:

Clean area under seat

There are a couple jobs on the Porsche Cayenne that require removal of the front seats, such as accessing the power seat motors. In this article, I will go over the steps involved with removing the seat. I'd recommend cleaning the area thoroughly once the seat is removed. You might be surprised at what you find.

Begin by moving the driver's seat fully forward.
Figure 1

Begin by moving the driver's seat fully forward. You'll want to access the rear of the seat. Remove the trim plugs off the seat rail covers (green arrow).

Now pull the rear covers off the track.
Figure 2

Now pull the rear covers off the track. It may take a little effort to free them up.

This picture shows the clip on each seat rail that holds the covers in place (green arrow).
Figure 3

This picture shows the clip on each seat rail that holds the covers in place (green arrow).

You'll want to fit the clips over the plastic tab on the inside of each plastic cover (green arrow) when you re-install them on the seat rail.
Figure 4

You'll want to fit the clips over the plastic tab on the inside of each plastic cover (green arrow) when you re-install them on the seat rail.

Move to the front of the seat and remove the trim plugs off both front covers (green arrow).
Figure 5

Move to the front of the seat and remove the trim plugs off both front covers (green arrow).

Pull both front covers off the seat rails (green arrows).
Figure 6

Pull both front covers off the seat rails (green arrows).

You'll need to remove this cover panel to access the seat belt connection directly behind.
Figure 7

You'll need to remove this cover panel to access the seat belt connection directly behind. Carefully pry the panel out from the front edge (green arrow).

The seat belt bracket is secured to the seat with a metal retaining clip.
Figure 8

The seat belt bracket is secured to the seat with a metal retaining clip. Pull up on the thin outer clip (green arrow) and push the bracket downward.

ThisPicture shows the part of the clip (green arrow) that needs to slide over the retaining bolt.
Figure 9

ThisPicture shows the part of the clip (green arrow) that needs to slide over the retaining bolt. Push the bracket down until you can pull it off the retaining bolt.

Now pull the seat belt bracket up through the seat and away from the seat.
Figure 10

Now pull the seat belt bracket up through the seat and away from the seat. Note the orientation of the belt. You'll want to have it straight when you feed the bracket back through the seat.

Move the seat all the way back and remove the two 10mm XZN bolts holding the front of the rails to the seat frame (green arrows).
Figure 11

Move the seat all the way back and remove the two 10mm XZN bolts holding the front of the rails to the seat frame (green arrows).

Now move the seat all the way forward and remove the two 10mm XZN bolts holding the rear of the rails to the seat frame (green arrows).
Figure 12

Now move the seat all the way forward and remove the two 10mm XZN bolts holding the rear of the rails to the seat frame (green arrows). At this point, move the seat to the halfway position and carefully lift the seat back to access the electrical connections underneath.

Pull the grommet (green arrow) holding the seat wiring harness to the seat (yellow arrow).
Figure 13

Pull the grommet (green arrow) holding the seat wiring harness to the seat (yellow arrow). You'll also want to remove the upper grommet (red arrow). In our case, pulling on the grommet resulted in the tape tearing away from the grommet. If this happens, simply tape the harness back to the grommet when you re-install the seat.

Now press the tabs (green arrows) inward on the main harness connector and pull it off the seat.
Figure 14

Now press the tabs (green arrows) inward on the main harness connector and pull it off the seat. Also press the small tab (yellow arrow) on the smaller connector and pull it off.

The last electrical connector has a unique spring cover that must be pressed from the back (green arrow) to access the release tab inside.
Figure 15

The last electrical connector has a unique spring cover that must be pressed from the back (green arrow) to access the release tab inside.

Hold the spring clip open and press the tab (green arrow) to release the electrical connector.
Figure 16

Hold the spring clip open and press the tab (green arrow) to release the electrical connector.

At this point, you can lift the seat up and out of the car.
Figure 17

At this point, you can lift the seat up and out of the car. Don't lose the plastic trim pieces under the front of the seat rails. They can fall of pretty easily. These pieces help to guide the trim covers when you reinstall the seat. It is also advisable to have a helper on the other side when removing the seat. They are heavy and awkward to maneuver out of the car.

And here's the final result.
Figure 18

And here's the final result. When re-installing the seats, line up the guide pins on the seat rails with the set of holes facing the front of car. Once seated correctly, thread in all four 10mm XZN bolts and torque them to 45Nm (33 ft/lbs.).

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Comments and Suggestions:
Carguy Comments: We have a plug on the drivers door side under the seat
About 1 inch wide...a real tough one to get out
Any suggestions.
This plug is not shown in the review above
Thanks much for the help
Jerry
August 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share a photo of the connector? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Taro Comments: Dents are round off and I am looking for front seat bolt I think it is called 100mm XYZbolt for 2006 Cayenne. I'd appreciate if you can tell me where I can find it.
January 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Pelican Parts can get it for you. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Leo Comments: The passenger seat in my 2004 Cayenne S won't come back up. My daughter reclined the seat almost flat and the motor quit at around 3:12 pm. That would be about laying almost down but uncomfortably awkward. Is there any magic on unsiezure spray. Or is a new seat motor inevitable. Thanks
September 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No magic. Try helping up as you press the switch. It could be jammed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Deisel23 Comments: WEll it depends on price really. I have moved a set of seats from a Cayenne to a classic car. I need to get power and ground to them as efficiently as possible.
April 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would grab a seat wiring diagram. I imagine you want fore /aft and the seat back to function. You will have to manually wire the motors to relays and switches with fuses.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Deisel23 Comments: I am looking for the female side that pulls out of the main wiring harness is images 13 and 14. Does anyone know where I would find that wiring ?
April 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Do you need the entire harness or just the plastic connector housing?? - Casey at Pelican Parts  

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