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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Seat Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

13mm socket and ratchet, small screwdriver

Applicable Models:

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

Hot Tip:

Take your time removing the seat from the car

Performance Gain:

Less weight means faster car

Complementary Modification:

Replace cabin air filter

In this article I'll go over the steps involved with removing the front seats on the Volvo C30. There are a few projects on the car that are made easier by removing the front seats such as replacing the cabin air filter. I've also had a few situations where I've done something like drop a USB stick in-between the center console and the seat. In any case, removing the seat is relatively easy and should take no more than an hour for both front seats. It is also a good idea to take some extra time to clean and vacuum the area with the seat removed; you may be surprised at what you find there.

Begin by sliding the seat forward as much as possible and locate the two plastic covers (green arrows) on each seat rail.
Figure 1

Begin by sliding the seat forward as much as possible and locate the two plastic covers (green arrows) on each seat rail. Pull the two covers off the rails. It may take a little effort.

Underneath each plastic cover is a 13mm bolt (green arrow) securing the seat rail to the frame.
Figure 2

Underneath each plastic cover is a 13mm bolt (green arrow) securing the seat rail to the frame. Loosen and remove the two bolts.

Now slide the seat all the way back.
Figure 3

Now slide the seat all the way back. We now need to remove both plastic rail covers at the front (green arrows)

Each plastic cover in the front has a small locking tab (green arrow) that must be pressed inward as you pull off the cover.
Figure 4

Each plastic cover in the front has a small locking tab (green arrow) that must be pressed inward as you pull off the cover.

Remove the two 13mm bolts (green arrows) holding the front section of the seat rails to the frame.
Figure 5

Remove the two 13mm bolts (green arrows) holding the front section of the seat rails to the frame.

As you remove the seat, push the seat forward so that the guide slides forward and over the lower seat belt retaining rail.
Figure 6

As you remove the seat, push the seat forward so that the guide slides forward and over the lower seat belt retaining rail.

ThisPicture shows the guide (green arrow) removed form the lower seat belt retaining rail (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

This picture shows the guide (green arrow) removed form the lower seat belt retaining rail (yellow arrow).

Rotate the seat upwards to access the electrical connections below.
Figure 8

Rotate the seat upwards to access the electrical connections below. Press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow) and pull the connector block off the seat frame.

Turn the electrical connector over and press the tabs on each connector to release them from the connector block.
Figure 9

Turn the electrical connector over and press the tabs on each connector to release them from the connector block. At this point, you can now remove the seat from the car.

You never know what you're going to find below the seats.
Figure 10

You never know what you're going to find below the seats. It's a good idea to spend some time cleaning and vacuuming while you have the seat out. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Deano K. Comments: I disagree, having just done this. There is no need to do anything with the clip green arrowin fig.8 The two harness connector halves separate simply by unscrewing the spring loaded 8mm screw with the front portion staying with the vehicle and the rear staying with the seat at that point, still clipped into it's seat frame metal tab.
May 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: At first when I looked at the photo, I thought the connector was already unscrewed. I looked again and saw the stretched harness and the connector attached. You are correct, you can leave the seat portion attached. Thanks - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Deano K. Comments: Figure 8 - all one has to do is unscrew the spring loaded screw and the wiring harness will separate. No pressing of tabs required.
April 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think the image shows the harness that connects to the body of the vehicle, it has to be removed from the seat bottom.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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