How to Remove the Rear Seats on Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The third-row seat in your Nissan car minivan makes it simple to create extra space when you need it. Older Nissan car have removable second-row seats and a third-row seat that folds and slides forward. More recent Nissan car have second-row seats that fold nearly flat into the floor and a rear seat that folds but does not slide. If you want to haul really large objects in a Nissan car you may need to remove the third-row seat. Because there is no quick release lever, removal of the Nissan car rear seat will require a few basic tools and the help of a friend or two.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Rear Seats on a GMC Yukon XL

The GMC Yukon XL is equipped with a third row of seating. It is a 60-40 split bench seat, configurable for folding down to carry extra cargo or for set-up to carry extra passengers. Should you need to remove the third-row seat, it is possible with some muscle and a few tools.

Items you will need

  • Trim removal stick

  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet

  • 10-millimeter hex socket 

  • Small flat screwdriver

  • Helper

Remove Seat Frame Trim Covers

Locate the three seat frame trim covers at the front of the third row seat. They cover the three front-seat mounting bolts that you need to remove. Gently pry up on them to release the two clips on each trim piece. Use the trim-removal stick to prevent scratching or breaking the covers.

Remove the Seat-Mounting Bolts

A total of seven mounting bolts hold the third-row seat in place: Three bolts secure the front-seat mounts and four secure the rear-seat mounts. Using the 3/8-inch drive ratchet and 10-millimeter hex socket, unscrew all seven bolts by turning counterclockwise. They will be quite tight initially.

Disconnect Power Seat Connector

If equipped with a power folding third-row seat, disconnect the wiring connector to the folding seat module. If it is not equipped with power folding seat, skip to step 4.

Locate the connector at the passenger side of the seat on the module. Press the locking tab with your small flat screwdriver and pull firmly to release the connector.

Remove Seats from Vehicle

Using your helper, lift the seat out of the vehicle. Support it well, as it will come out as a bench assembly. Be careful not to scratch the interior panels with the bare metal seat mounts.

 How to Remove the Rear Seat of a 2003 Impala

Open the back doors for extra room to work. Slide both front seats all the way to the forward position.

Lift the bottom cushion out by pushing the seat down and toward the back of the car. This will release the clamp holding the seat down. Pull the seat out and slide it out the door.

Lower the seat backs as if you were attempting to gain access the trunk. This will expose several bolts to unscrew.

Unscrew the bolts with a socket wrench. This will free up the seat from the bracket.

Slide the seat off the bracket. Tilt it up and pull it out of the back door. Ensure the seats are stored in a dry area.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

 How do I Remove a Rear Seat From a 2003 Chevy Cavalier?

Open both rear car doors and the trunk as well since some of the bolts are easily reached via the rear.

Pry the rear kick boards off with a Flathead screwdriver to expose the rear seat attachment assembly. The kick boards are the carpeted panels that the back of your heel rests against while sitting in the rear seat. Find the seam between the carpet parts and push the tip of the flat head screwdriver into the seam and wedge the panel off. It is just attached by friction clips that will separate when pressure is applied.

Fold the rear seats down by pulling on the fold down tabs at the top rear of the car seats. Once the seats are laid down, use a hand wrench to undo the bolts at the front of the seat assembly. Go around to the rear of the car and enter through the truck. There will be a flexible carpet panel that is held by Velcro to the back of the seat, pull it off with your hands. This will expose the bolts on the rear of the seat attachment assembly.

Remove the rear bolts and push on the seat to see if it moves freely. If it does not then you missed a bolt somewhere. Once the seat moves freely you can pull the seat out via one of the side doors.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Flathead screwdriver

 How to Remove a Rear Seat From a Nissan Quest

Park the van in a level place, turn off the engine and activate the parking brake. Open the rear hatch and a side door so you can access the third-row seat from both the side and the rear of the Quest.

Using the ratchet and the correct-size socket, remove the four bolts that attach the rear of the third-row seat to the floor of the van. There are two bolts on the left and two bolts on the right, and they pass through the bottom of the bench seat leg.

Remove the two bolts from the front of the seat legs the same way you took out the rear bolts. Do this from the front of the seat. To access the bolts, remove the plastic covers from them using a Phillips screwdriver. The seat is now free of the floor.

Pull the seat back about 3 feet, then turn it sideways to take it out of the rear of the Quest. Have one or two people help you with this; the seat is heavy, bulky and not balanced well. You may hurt yourself or drop the seat, damaging it, if you try to lift it out by yourself.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Socket set with ratchet

 How to Remove the Rear Seat in a 2006 Nissan Sentra

60/40 Hinged Seat Removal

Open the trunk of your 2006 Nissan Sentra. Pull the rear seat release knob that is located on the left side of the trunk. Push the seat forward slowly to make it fold down. If you push it forward too fast, the middle seat belt may lock up.

Get into the back seat of the Sentra. Look where the seat meets the carpet on the bottom part of the seat, and find the two tabs on each side. Pull the tabs to release the bottom sections of the rear seat.

Grab the lower part of the seat, and lift up. This should release the seat from its hooks so you can remove the seat.

Fixed Seat Removal

Get into the back seat of the Sentra. Locate the bolt that holds the center seat belt in place between the seats. Remove this bolt with a socket wrench, and put it to the side.

Remove the mounting bolts that run along the outside perimeter and down the middle of the back seat. There will be one on each side and two in the middle. Place the bolts to the side.

Look where the seat meets the carpet on the bottom part of the seat, and find the two tabs on each side. Pull the tabs to release the bottom sections of the rear seat.

Grab the lower part of the seat, and lift up to release the seat from its hooks so you can remove the seat.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set

 How to Remove the Rear Seat From a 1996 Altima

Examine the front edge of the rear seat bottom to find two bolts. These bolts hold the front edge of the rear seat bottom in place. Remove the bolts with your socket wrench.

Push the front edge of the rear seat bottom toward the trunk area. While applying pressure, lift the seat bottom up. There are two hooks on the rear portion of the seat bottom. This unhooks them. Remove the rear seat cushion from the Altima.

Flip down the center armrest. Remove the two bolts from the armrest's hinge unit. Pull the armrest out of the hinge unit.

Remove the bolt from the bottom half of the hinge unit. Remove the hinge unit from the rear seat.

Remove the two seat bolts. There is one bolt on each side of the rear seatback, directly beneath the side bolsters. Push the seat up to unhook its clips, then lift it out of the Altima.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

 How to Remove the Rear Seat of a Toyota Avalon

Open the driver- and passenger-side doors and slide the front seats forward. While this is not an essential step, it will give you extra room to work. Shut both doors once the seats have been moved.

Lift up the forward edge of the bottom seat cushion. Locate the mounting bolt and remove it with a socket wrench.

Remove the bottom seat cushion and carefully pull it from the Avalon.

Locate the seat back's four mounting bolts and remove them.

Lift the seat back up and remove it from the Avalon.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

 How to Remove the Rear Seat in a Toyota Corolla 1996

Pull the front seats all the way forward, and open the rear doors.

Put a screwdriver under the rear seat cushion and pull up on it to undo the fasteners that release the seat cushion.

Push the seat belts through the cushions and remove the cushions from the vehicle.

Locate three bolts near the rear seat back and remove them with a socket wrench.

Pull up on the seat back and remove it from the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Socket wrench set

 How to Remove the Rear Seat of the Hyundai Elantra

Removal

Slide your hand into the crack between the upper and lower seat cushions. There is a bolt behind the right side of the lower cushion and the left. Remove both bolts with a socket, ratchet and 3-inch ratchet extension. Lift the lower seat cushion and disconnect the electrical connectors for the heated seats, if equipped. Remove the cushion from your Elantra.

Open the trunk and find the cushion release levers in the forward corners of the trunk, right next to the trunk lid hinges. Pull on the levers and fold down both sides of the upper seat cushion.

Find the mounting bolts behind each side of the upper seat cushion and remove them. Pull the upper cushion forward slightly, then tilt it upright and remove it through one of the rear doors.

Installation

Guide the upper seat cushion into your Elantra. Install the bolts, then tighten them to between 13 and 18 foot-pounds with a torque wrench. Lift the upper cushion and press on each upper corner to lock it into place.

Guide the lower seat cushion into your Elantra. Connect the electrical connectors for the heated seats, if equipped.

Make sure all seat buckles are resting on the lower cushion, then slide the cushion into place. Install the bolts and tighten them to between 13 and 18 foot-pounds.

Items you will need

  • 3-inch ratchet extension

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

  • Torque wrench

 How to Remove the Rear Seat of a Ford F150 Extended Cab

Position the rear seat so that it is flipped up and all the way forward, which will enable access to the mounting bolts.

Remove all ten of the seat to floor mounting bolts.

Flip the seat back to the locked position and detach it from the brackets.

Lift the seat up and out of the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

 How to Remove a Rear Seat in a LeSabre

Open both of the back passenger doors. Locate the panel that runs along the base of the bottom of the seat.

Place your hand on the front of the panel, at the edge closest to the door. Press the panel back sharply and lift upwards. One side of the seat will pop free. Repeat the process on the the other side to completely unhook the seat bottom.

Roll the seat bottom forward, and slide it out sideways through the rear passenger door. Set it aside.

Find the 4 hex bolts that connect the seat back to the frame of the car. They will be located at even intervals in the space underneath the bottom of the seat. Remove the bolts with a hex wrench.

Lift the seat back up to uncouple it from its hooks and pull it forward. Slide the seat back out sideways through the passenger door.

Items you will need

  • Hex wrench

 How to Remove the Rear Seats on a Subaru Forester

Locate the two retaining bolts that secure the lower seat cushion to the vehicle. They are located on the floorboard just below the seat. There is one on each side of the rear floorboard.

Remove the retaining bolts with a socket and ratchet or wrench. Lift up and pull forward on the lower cushion to release it then remove it from the vehicle, going out through one of the door openings.

Lay the seat backs down flat and remove the cargo area rug or liner. Pull the seat cover up from the bottom of the cushion to expose the mounting brackets and bolts that secure the seat backs to the vehicle.

Remove the four mounting bolts with a socket and ratchet then lift the seat backs out of the bracket. Slide the seat backs out of the vehicle either through the rear cargo area or the back doors.

Items you will need

  • Metric socket set

  • Metric wrench set

 How to Remove the Rear Seats on a PT Cruiser

Lower the rear seatbacks. The PT Cruiser has a non-split folding rear seat. Press the button on the passenger side of the seat (near the headrest); push the seatback down to lower it.

Tumble the rear seat forward. Depress the seat cushion lever (passenger side of the rear seat cushion) and then lift the rear seat to tumble it forward.

Open the rear cargo door. The rear seat must be removed from the rear.

Remove the rear seat. Push down the release lever on the remaining seat latch (access it from the cargo area). Lift the rear seat from the PT Cruiser. Ask someone to help you if the seat is too heavy.

Items you will need

  • Assistant (optional)

 How do I Remove the Rear Seat in a 2005 Cadillac DeVille?

Open the rear driver's or passenger's door if the car is equipped with back doors. If your Cadillac is a coupe, slide the front seats all the way forward and tilt them so the headrest is close to the dash.

Push the lower seat back and pull up to release the seat from the clips. Pull the seat out of the car and place it in a clean, dry area that's covered.

Locate the two bolts at the bottom of the seat back. There is a bolt on either side of the seat back. Unscrew the bolts with a socket wrench. Lift the seat up and off the clip on the top.

Place the rear seat back in the area with the lower seat. Save the bolts in a sealable bag for later reuse.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

 How to Remove the Rear Seat in a Passat

Pull up the retention clips at the front of the rear seat to release the front side. These are easy to find at each side.

Push the seat back.

Lift the seat up to release it from the rear clips. The seat is now out of the bracing and can be removed.

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