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Pelican Technical Article:

Seats Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

E12 Torx, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Seats, seat parts

Hot Tip:

Have an old blanket to lay seats on once removed

Performance Gain:

Repair broken seats

Complementary Modification:

Clean carpet and interior beneath seats

The seats in Volvo V70 models can come equipped with many features. For example, the front seats can be equipped with seat heat, power backrest and cushion. The seat switches are located on the side of the seat cushion controlling front seat movement via electronic motors.

The rear seats can have split folding cushions and backrests, along with a center armrest tunnel. The rear seat cushions can be removed quite easily. Then the folding bracket can be replaced if needed. The rear backrest folds down flat for transporting large items. Once folded, it can be removed in a few easy steps, along with the rear backrest side cushions.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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Front Seat: Start by moving your seat as far back as it will go.
Figure 1

Front Seat: Start by moving your seat as far back as it will go. With the seat all the way back, remove the outer trim piece. Unclip the tab (red arrow) and slide it off toward the front of the vehicle (inset).

Front Seat: Next, remove the two 13mm mounting fasteners (red arrows) at the seat rails.
Figure 2

Front Seat: Next, remove the two 13mm mounting fasteners (red arrows) at the seat rails.

Front Seat: Once you remove the front seat rail fasteners, move the seat as far forward as it will go.
Figure 3

Front Seat: Once you remove the front seat rail fasteners, move the seat as far forward as it will go. Remove both plastic trim pieces (red arrows). The outer trim piece is removed by pulling it off toward the center console. The inner trim piece is removed by pulling it straight off toward the rear of the vehicle.

Front Seat: Next, remove the two 13mm mounting fasteners (red arrows) at the seat rails.
Figure 4

Front Seat: Next, remove the two 13mm mounting fasteners (red arrows) at the seat rails.

Front Seat: Tilt the seat backward.
Figure 5

Front Seat: Tilt the seat backward. Then disconnect the battery negative cable. See our tech article on battery replacing. Start by detaching the main harness from the seat (red arrow). Pull it straight off.

Front Seat: There are a total of four electrical connectors to disconnect on base V70 models.
Figure 6

Front Seat: There are a total of four electrical connectors to disconnect on base V70 models. Start at the outer connectors (red arrows). Pull the connectors straight out. Then disconnect the middle one (green arrow). Press the release tab and pull the connector straight out.

Front Seat: Now you have to disconnect the SRS connector.
Figure 7

Front Seat: Now you have to disconnect the SRS connector. Release the locking clip (red arrow). Then pull the connector apart.

Front Seat: Now you can remove the seat from the vehicle.
Figure 8

Front Seat: Now you can remove the seat from the vehicle. Cover the door entrance strip with a towel or floor mat (red arrow) to protect it from damage. Next, remove the T45 Torx seat belt fastener (green arrow). Then remove the seat from the vehicle. To install reverse the removal steps. To replace the seat belt buckle, remove the T45 Torx fastener (yellow arrow). Then remove the buckle and detach the wiring harness clips from the seat cushion base.

Rear Seat: Start at the left side seat cushion.
Figure 9

Rear Seat: Start at the left side seat cushion. In front of the cushion is a small fabric pull. Pull this up to release the seat cushion latch. Fold the seat cushion forward.

Rear Seat: With the seat cushion folded forward, press the release levers to unlock the seat cushion bracket (red arrow).
Figure 10

Rear Seat: With the seat cushion folded forward, press the release levers to unlock the seat cushion bracket (red arrow).

Rear Seat: Remove the seat cushion from the vehicle.
Figure 11

Rear Seat: Remove the seat cushion from the vehicle.

Rear Seat: To remove the rear backrest, start by removing the side cushion.
Figure 12

Rear Seat: To remove the rear backrest, start by removing the side cushion. Pull it out toward the front (red arrow) then up to remove it. Then, remove the 13mm seat belt fastener (green arrow).

Rear Seat: Working at the side of the seat, locate the locking clip (red arrow).
Figure 13

Rear Seat: Working at the side of the seat, locate the locking clip (red arrow). Using a flathead screwdriver, lever the locking clip up until it stops (inset).

Rear Seat: Next, the seat back has to be levered up.
Figure 14

Rear Seat: Next, the seat back has to be levered up. In theory it should be easy to pull it straight up, but with the wedge style mount it is in quite tight. I use a large rubber wheel chock (green arrow) (you can substitute this with a block of wood) placed on the seat cushion area. Then place a block of wood under the seat back (red arrow) and lever the seat upward using a pry bar. This part can be hard. It does take some force to release the seat back. Be careful not to slip and hurt yourself or the vehicle.

Rear Seat: Once detached, the mounting wedge will move up and away from the body (green arrow).
Figure 15

Rear Seat: Once detached, the mounting wedge will move up and away from the body (green arrow). When installing, align the wedge and pivot with the slot in the body. Then tap the wedge back down using a pry bar and a hammer.

Rear Seat: Angle the seat back toward the door and remove it by pulling it straight off the pivot (inset).
Figure 16

Rear Seat: Angle the seat back toward the door and remove it by pulling it straight off the pivot (inset). Reverse these steps to install the seats.

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