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Base seat cover removal. How to!

Discussion in 'Mk1 Leon FAQ's (1M) 2000-2006' started by stpete, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. stpete

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    As requested a small write up on how to take seat out and remove lower cover.
    You will need:-
    Torx drivers
    Cross head screwdriver
    13mm socket
    Small extension for above
    Pliers
    Small flat screwdriver
    Your seat Airbag will be disconected for this Do Not Turn on ignition while seat is out or you'll get an airbag warning light, preferably disconnect your battery!!

    In the rear footwell there are 2 cover over seat runners, remove the plastic screw covers and undo torx screws, your left with this, [​IMG]

    Next under the front of your seat remove the 2 13mm nuts, you'll probably need a small extension on your socket cos the floor is an odd shape,
    [​IMG]

    Now push the seat all the way back and out of the runners, then tilt it back so you can see underneath, you'll see a yellow plug (or more if you have heated seats) disconnect it and the white clip that holds cable conduit, I used a small flathead to press clip on white piece,
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    You can see two parts in this pic,
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    Now your seat if free and can be lifted free of the runners, the best way I've found to get it out of the car is sideways, be warned they are both heavy and unwieldy, a friend at this point, helps (or just laughs when you drop it),
    [​IMG]
     
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  2. stpete

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    part two.

    With your seat now sitting pretty in the lounge (wife is out) remove the small cover on the front and crosshead screw,
    [​IMG]

    then underneath undo torx to remove handle, this isnt strictly needed but helps rebuild,
    [​IMG]

    The inside plastic panel will now just unclip, push edge down to remove.To remove outer plastic, gently lever off reclining handle,
    [​IMG]

    Then under plastic clips on height adjuster handle 2 torx screws to remove,[​IMG]

    So handle comes off,
    [​IMG]

    Underseat look for a plastic barb thing and pull it to remove,
    [​IMG]
    Then crosshed screw on front

    [​IMG]
    Now the plastic side cover can just be unclipped.

    At the back of seat on base there is what looks like a seam but is 2 plastic stips pushed together, gently pull apart,
    [​IMG]

    Now around the base push the cover down to unclip plastic strip from metal base,
    [​IMG]

    The foam base with cover still on will now be free from metal base.
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. stpete

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    Last bit

    Now it gets tricky so take your time, the cover is attached to the foam by wire rods, 2 at the side and 2 running across, they also give the nice defined crease on you seat, gently pull or push the 2 side wires from back of foam,
    [​IMG]

    Then the front of same wire be careful though cos it is still held by red plastic clip in the center, dont pull this hard it may come away from foam, gently push wire into clip ie into foam and use thumb to push clip side ways off wire,
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    Do this for both both side the middle wires, unclip ends first then the red clip! [​IMG]

    Slide the wires out of the cover and bung in the washing machine (wife still out), I used hand wash cycle 25 degrees but i think any low temp gentle wash may do the job!

    And in the best tradition of the Haynes manual to refit do the above in reverse but fit wire end first then push sideways into red clip.

    I've tried to point out all the snags i can in this guide but please follow it at your own risk, if come monday you cant get to work cos there is no seat in your car, then its on your head!
    Now any questions and where's the tea!!! :D
     
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  4. skahigh

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    Great post Pete, my seats are looking a bit tatty and could use a wash, reckon I might take this on when I'm off work for a week.
     
  5. TINCAN

    TINCAN Full Member

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    Does the full seat need to be removed for the seat foam base to be replaced? I guess by your above superb procedure it has to be as per above.
     
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  6. skullarms

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    does this work for leather seats too, mine squeak like f:censored:k from the base somewhere, cant get in to oil em!!
     
  7. MJ

    MJ Public transport abuser

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    Most seat leather seats were electric so it'd be a little more complicated, and leather seat covers are very tightly fitted (the cloth seat covers have alot more stretch in them) be warned if you want to remove the leather covers - repairs are not mega expensive if you burst the stiches but if you burst them beyond repair of rip the 'j' clips off then a new leather seat base from seat is £257 and thats cost price!!!!!!

    I was after a leather interior for mine so i thought i'd price one up through a dealer and it was £2500+ without fitting (front bases £257 x 2 = £514, seat backs £529 x 2 = £1058 etc etc) - NO THANKS!!!
     
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    How much are the covers as one of my seats has a rather large burn mark in? part number anyone?
     
  9. nuts

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    My passenger base seat cover was £136 inc vat. Still waiting to get it but contemplating getting an upholsterer to fit it because I want it doing right.
     
  10. Smartiemnx

    Smartiemnx Italian Smoke Machine

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    Saw a "But it now" on ebay for a whole seat, £65.......

    I'm pretty annoyed about the fact that my car has Just done 30K on a 55 plate, from new, and the drivers seat is about to wear through on the side supports on the base..... Now I am 6'2" and 16 stone, so not morbidally obese by any means, but I have had cars for 3 plus years before, Seats, Renaults, Fiesta vans with 100k plus and have never had this issue before.....

    Surely this is poor manufacturing. Does anyone know if Seat will admit to this..... What are the Audi A3 seats like for example.....
     
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    Same thing happening to mine,but to be fair it has 100k on the clock,£136 seems steep as hell for a poxy base seat cover doesnt it?:blink:
     
  12. SJB

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    Awesome guide, just fitted a new foam seat cushion to the base of my drivers seat, looks brand new!! There is nothing like a firm side boulster!!
     
  13. MarkWales

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    what do the foam bases cost? any part numbers for the cupra base?

    thanks in advance
     
  14. gdjohny

    gdjohny Crazy Mechanical Engineer

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    Hi

    Guys I need a guide to removing seat backs. Does anyone know how to do it ? I am stuck in my garden with the seats out ......
     
  15. gdjohny

    gdjohny Crazy Mechanical Engineer

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    I have spend over an hour to find HOW to remove the backs from the seats with no results :(
    Help ....
     
  16. Tonoa

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    That's a great guide and I wouldn't have the faintest idea how to get the backs off! Sorry.

    I'm trying to replace my front seats (leather, electric, memory) and I've followed the guide (which is superb btw), but the damn things won't be pushed back?? Any ideas? The bolts, setup, runners are exactly as described but I cant push them back. Is there anything else I need to do? Spent ages scratching my head :think:
    The car is a Toledo V5.
     
  17. steve_eod

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    I have a spring that was found in my pasanger footwell after a long drive, looking at your pics i now think i know where its from, could you look at my ( people in the know Help please) post and confirm this for me? cheers in advance.
     
  18. steve_eod

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    i will be puting a pic of the sprin on when i have completed 20 posts!
     
  19. steve_eod

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    that was one of the posts done!
     
  20. prowla

    prowla Guest

    Hi.

    Does the cover for the back of the drivers seat (Leon 2004, fabric) come off easily?

    Some of ours' stitching is coming apart, so I'd like to take it off and sew it.
     

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