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Pelican Technical Article:

Seats Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, 13mm socket, E12 socket, Philips and flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

Seats, seat parts

Hot Tip:

Have a vacuum ready for the carpet under the seats

Performance Gain:

Access to seat switches and components beneath seats

Complementary Modification:

Clean carpet and interior beneath seats

If you have to remove the seats from your GTI MkIV to replace them or service components beneath them, this tech article I will show you how. I will break this article down into front and rear seats. Though there are a few options for different seats and configurations in the GTI the procedures are basically the same.

Begin by sliding the seat all the way back.
Figure 1

Begin by sliding the seat all the way back. Remove the two 13mm nuts (red arrows) on the bracket at the lower front of the seat

Slide the seat all the way forward.
Figure 2

Slide the seat all the way forward. You are going to remove the trim cap (red arrow) on the two trim pieces (yellow arrow, one shown) that cover the seat rails After removing the trim cap remove the Philips head screw below. Next slide the trim piece (yellow arrow) up and back. The left side trim piece has been removed to expose the seat rail (green arrow). The trim caps are very difficult to remove without marring, if you want the car to look concourse you should be prepared to replace them.

Slide the seat to the rear (red arrow) until the rollers clear the seat rails.
Figure 3

Slide the seat to the rear (red arrow) until the rollers clear the seat rails. You can see the front mounting bracket here (yellow arrow).

Tilt the seat back (red arrow) so you can get access to the under side.
Figure 4

Tilt the seat back (red arrow) so you can get access to the under side. There are wires you will need to disconnect. Note: you do not need to remove the steering wheel from the car, we had it removed for another project.

Depending on the options on your seat you may need to disconnect the different wiring harness (red arrows).
Figure 5

Depending on the options on your seat you may need to disconnect the different wiring harness (red arrows). Some seats include side air bag, heat and power. Yellow arrows show the roller and bolts that secure to the front bracket.

Make sure to disconnect the harness clip (yellow arrow) from the connector mount (red arrow) on the bottom of the seat.
Figure 6

Make sure to disconnect the harness clip (yellow arrow) from the connector mount (red arrow) on the bottom of the seat. The Connector mount will stay with the seat when you remove it.

Safely remove the seat from the car leaving you with just the wiring harness.
Figure 7

Safely remove the seat from the car leaving you with just the wiring harness.

The rear seats come out in two sections: the lower (yellow arrow) and the upper (red arrow).
Figure 8

The rear seats come out in two sections: the lower (yellow arrow) and the upper (red arrow).

Use the pull strap (yellow arrow) to pull the seat cushion forward and up.
Figure 9

Use the pull strap (yellow arrow) to pull the seat cushion forward and up. The cushion will pivot on the mounting rods (red arrows).

Flip the seat all the way forward and remove the rods.
Figure 10

Flip the seat all the way forward and remove the rods. Both rods just push in towards each other (red arrows). You will need a large screwdriver or hammer to get the first rod out and then you can wiggle the second one free.

There are two handles on the upper seat section (red arrows) that you need to use to remove the seat backs.
Figure 11

There are two handles on the upper seat section (red arrows) that you need to use to remove the seat backs.

Pull up on the handle (red arrow) and pull the seat back forward.
Figure 12

Pull up on the handle (red arrow) and pull the seat back forward.

With the seat folded down you can see the two pivot points.
Figure 13

With the seat folded down you can see the two pivot points. The outside point (yellow arrow) needs to be released and then you can pull the seat back out of the inside (red arrow) pivot point.

Use a flathead screwdriver and push the retaining hook (yellow arrow) towards the rear of the car while lifting up on the seat.
Figure 14

Use a flathead screwdriver and push the retaining hook (yellow arrow) towards the rear of the car while lifting up on the seat.

Lift the outside of the seat up (red arrow) and pull the inside section off the mount (yellow arrow).
Figure 15

Lift the outside of the seat up (red arrow) and pull the inside section off the mount (yellow arrow).

This photo illustrates the mount (yellow arrow) that the inside section of the seat mounts and pivots on.
Figure 16

This photo illustrates the mount (yellow arrow) that the inside section of the seat mounts and pivots on.

This photo illustrates the outside mount and release hook (red arrow).
Figure 17

This photo illustrates the outside mount and release hook (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Tricky Comments: Do you have any advise regarding removing the seat covers for cleaning? I've had the seat completely out but I couldn't figure out how to detach the seat base cover +/- foam from the metal mounting. Many thanks.
October 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll have to remove all the trim. Then remove any clips or wire rings that secure the cover and the cushion the seat. Then separate once out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ridovem Comments: Incredibly helpful and straight-forward... many thanks! ^..^
April 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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