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Rear Interior Side Panel Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Interior Side Panel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

T25 Torx driver, 13mm socket, plastic pry tools

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Hot Tip:

Remove rear seats

Performance Gain:

Access to seat belt mechanism and rear speakers

Complementary Modification:

Replace rear speakers

Removing the rear interior side panels on the C30 is an easy job and should only take an hour. Removing the rear seat before taking out the side panels makes the job much easier. Please see our article on Rear Seat Removal for more information. Note that the procedure is the same for both the left and right sides or the car.

Locate and remove the trim panel covering the rear lower seat belt attachment point (green arrow).
Figure 1

Locate and remove the trim panel covering the rear lower seat belt attachment point (green arrow).

Loosen and remove the 13mm bolt (green arrow) holding the seat belt rail to the chassis.
Figure 2

Loosen and remove the 13mm bolt (green arrow) holding the seat belt rail to the chassis.

Pull the seat belt rail (blue arrow) back and slide the seat belt (green arrow) off.
Figure 3

Pull the seat belt rail (blue arrow) back and slide the seat belt (green arrow) off.

Carefully pry the B-pillar covering the upper seat belt mechanism off at the bottom using a plastic pry tool.
Figure 4

Carefully pry the B-pillar covering the upper seat belt mechanism off at the bottom using a plastic pry tool.

Pivot the upper part of the B-pillar out from under the headliner as shown here.
Figure 5

Pivot the upper part of the B-pillar out from under the headliner as shown here. Set the B-pillar aside.

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the side panel to the chassis.
Figure 6

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the side panel to the chassis.

Now use a plastic pry tool to pry along the outer edges (green arrows) of the panel off the chassis.
Figure 7

Now use a plastic pry tool to pry along the outer edges (green arrows) of the panel off the chassis. Once the top and side sections are loose, you should be able to pull it out.

And here's the finished result.
Figure 8

And here's the finished result. Installing the panel is the reverse of removal.

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