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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Seat Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

Small pick, Phillips head screwdriver, 13mm socket

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Front seat

Hot Tip:

Clean underneath both seats before re-installation

Complementary Modification:

Remove rear seats

Certain jobs on the Mk4 Jetta are a bit easier to accomplish by removing the front seats, such as working under the dashboard. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing them. Keep in mind that we will be working around airbag and safety restraint system components when removing the seats. You'll want to disconnect the battery to prevent any damage. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information.

Note that the removal process is the same for both left and right seats. In this article, we are focusing on the left hand side. It also helps to have the rear doors open for better access.

Begin by sliding the front seat as far forward as it will go.
Figure 1

Begin by sliding the front seat as far forward as it will go. Open the rear door and locate the inner seat rail cover as shown here. Use a small pick to pry out the plastic tab (green arrow) covering the retaining screw. Keep in mind that it may take some effort to get the plug out.

Once the plug is removed, loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow) and pull the seat rail cover (yellow arrow) off.
Figure 2

Once the plug is removed, loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow) and pull the seat rail cover (yellow arrow) off.

Move to the outer seat rail cover and remove the cover plug (green arrow).
Figure 3

Move to the outer seat rail cover and remove the cover plug (green arrow). Again, this may take some effort.

Once the plug is removed, loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow) and pull the seat rail cover (yellow arrow) off.
Figure 4

Once the plug is removed, loosen and remove the Phillips head screw (green arrow) and pull the seat rail cover (yellow arrow) off.

This picture demonstrates how the rear seat slides out of the track.
Figure 5

This picture demonstrates how the rear seat slides out of the track. There is a wheel per side (green arrow) that slides inside of each track. The idea here is to slide the wheel back until it exits the track (yellow arrow). At this point, slide the seat back as far as it will go. We need to detach the seat at the front to allow the wheels to slide out of the track.

You'll see two 13mm nuts (green arrows) just below the front of the seat.
Figure 6

You'll see two 13mm nuts (green arrows) just below the front of the seat. Loosen and remove these nuts.

Now push the seat back until the studs (green arrows) are free of the mounting plate.
Figure 7

Now push the seat back until the studs (green arrows) are free of the mounting plate. You can now push the seat fully back until the rear wheels slide out of the track.

Push the seat up to access the electrical connections underneath.
Figure 8

Push the seat up to access the electrical connections underneath. Press the fingers (green arrows) on the electrical connector and pull it off.

The airbag electrical connector is a little tricky.
Figure 9

The airbag electrical connector is a little tricky. Press the cover inward at the rear (yellow arrow). This will allow you access to press the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector and pull it off.

The last step is to position the seat so you can remove it from the car.
Figure 10

The last step is to position the seat so you can remove it from the car. You may find it easier to remove it from the rear of the car. Reinstalling the seat is the reverse of removal.

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