My seat fabric is extremely grubby, and I've had poor results when trying to clean the seats using some valeting foam. So, I decided to see if it was possible to remove the seat fabric and wash them. Here's how I set about it.Disclaimer
I am not a professional.
This was my first attempt at removing the seat covers, and I did it without reference to any instructions.
The method shown may not be the recommended or most appropriate way.
I've not yet figured out how to put the seat covers back on s:D
This thread is purely intended to show the locations and types of the various fasteners used to fix the fabric seat covers to the seat frame, and how I personally went about removing them.
Neither I nor the club can accept responsibility for damage or injury caused by following the steps shown in this thread.Time Taken
3 Hrs for a first attemptPersonal Protective Equipment
Fabric gloves to protect against sharp edges on seat frames
Safety glasses when removing clips to prevent flying metal hitting you in the eyeTools
4mmx100mm flat blade screwdriverStep 1 - Undo seat bolts
With the 14mm socket, undo the 4 bolts which fix the seat to the floor (2 at front, 2 at back)Step 2 - Disconnect seat belt/seat pad sensor cable
Before removing the seat, you'll need to disconnect the cable that runs between the car and the seat, which connects the seatbelt fastener and the pressure sensor on the seat base.
Very carefully, lift the side of the seat closest to the door and lift slowly tilting towards the centre of the car, exposing the bottom of a seat.
Using the narrow flat blade screwdriver (or a McDonalds coffee stir stick s:)
s:) ) press down gently on the tab of the white connector whilst pulling the white connector and the blue socket apart.Step 3 - find a workspace
Remove the seat and find a nice large, clean and dry space to work. I chose the bathroom floor.Step 4 - Remove the seat slider chassis
Using the 12mm socket, undo the 4 bolts (2 front, 2 back) which fix the seat slider chassis to the seat metal frame. Gently remove the seat slider chassis, taking care not to strain the cable connected to the seat belt holder. gently turn over the slider frame. Find the hole entry on the frame where other side of the blue cable connector pushes through. Using the pliers, gently squeeze the locking tabs of the blue cable connector and push it back through the entry hole.
Remove the sliding frame away from the seat base. Step 5 - Fold back metal retaining tabs on the metal seat frame
Gently prise back the 6 x metal tabs (2 front, 2 each side of front)Step 6 - Release the bonded plastic retaining strip on the seat fabric from the metal seat frame
Put the tips of your fingers along the underside of the plastic strip that runs around the front and sides along the inside of the metal frame. gently prise outwards and upwards to release the plastic stripStep 7 - Remove the metal fasteners holding the fabric seat cover to the metal seat frame
The seat fabric is fastened to the metal frame at 4 points with circular metal fasteners
In order to release them, I used the screwdriver to open and release the fasteners. I inserted the 4mmx 100mm flat blade screwdriver between the fastener and the metal seat frame, and then carefully rotated the screwdriver through 180 degrees to prise the fastener apartStep 8 - Remove the seat fabric from the metal seat frame
There is one final plastic strip that clips the seat fabric to the metal seat frame at the rear of the seat. to make it easier to unclip, lift/rotate the front of the seat foam pad 180 degrees (hinging at the back) up from the metal seat frame, to release the plastic clip. Step 9 - Remove the metal fasteners holding the fabric covers to the foam seat pad
The seat foam pad and the seat fabric have thin metal bars bonded within them. The seat fabric and the seat pad are fastened together by small circular metal clips which are fastened closed around the metal bars of both the seat pad and the seat fabric
There are 12 fasteners in total. 3 along each side, and 2 in the centre of the seat.
To open and release the fasteners, insert the screwdriver between the fastener and the metal bars of the seat fabric and the seat pad in the direction of the metal bars (perpendicular to the bars). Taking care not to rip the fabric or the seat pad foam, carefully rotate the screwdriver through 180 degrees to prise the fastener apart.
CAUTION - Take care when working on the 2 fasteners at the centre not to damage the seat pressure sensorStep 10 - Unzip the backrest fabricStep 11 - Remove the metal fasteners holding the fabric backrest together around the backrest foam
The backrest fabric is fastened around the backrest foam with 3 fasteners at the rear/base of the backrest. As per previous steps, undo the fasteners by using the screwdriver and gently rotating through 180 degrees to prise the fasteners apartStep 12 - Push the unzipped section through the hole in the backrestStep 13 - Remove the metal fasteners holding the green plastic support rib to the metal backrest frame
There is a green flexible plastic support rib which is attached to the inner side of the backrest fabric at the front. This green plastic rib runs down either side of the inner section of the backrest fabric, runs through the gap between the backrest and the seat at either side, and then attaches to the backrest metal frame. It is secured with 4 metal fasteners. To open and release the fasteners, insert the screwdriver between the fastener and the metal bars of the seat fabric and the seat pad in the direction of the metal bars (perpendicular to the bars). Taking care not to rip the fabric or the seat pad foam, carefully rotate the screwdriver through 180 degrees to prise the fastener apart.Step 14 - Remove the metal fasteners holding the backrest fabric to the backrest foam pad
There are 4 fasters in total, 2 at each "ridge" on the backrest. Again, insert the screwdriver and rotate carefully, taking care not to rip the foam or the fabric.Step 15 - Fabric is now off - go get a nice cuppa, and think about what you're going to use in place of all the clips you've just destroyed when it comes to putting it all back together s:D s:D (tie wraps maybe?)