How to Remove the Back Seat in a Toyota 4Runnerby Tara Kimball
If you have a worn, broken or damaged rear seat in your Toyota 4Runner, have the seat recovered or simply replace it. Removing the rear seat for repair or replacement is a simple process requiring only a few tools. Purchase a rear seat for your 4Runner at most auto salvage yards or order a new one from your local auto parts store. There might also be a Toyota club in your area with members looking to sell or trade a spare rear seat.
Locate the brackets on the front of the rear seat, where it connects to the floorboard, and use a small, flat screwdriver to pry the plastic covers off of the bolts securing the brackets. The brackets are below each seat cushion. There is one bolt on each of the four brackets. Set the plastic covers aside to use when you reinstall the seat.
Remove each of the four bolts on the brackets using a socket and ratchet. Set the bolts aside; you'll use them when you reinstall the seat.
Lift the front of the seat cushion and pull the cushion forward to remove it from the truck. Do this for both seat cushions on the rear seat.
Locate the bracket securing the back of the seat to the floor. It is in the center of the seat-back, where it meets the floor. You will need to be in the vehicle with your back toward the driver seat to locate it. Remove each of the four bolts securing the bracket to the floor using a socket and ratchet. Set the bolts aside.
Locate the two bolts on each outboard wall on each side of the seat; they are positioned at the seat base. Remove the upper and lower bolt on each side using a socket and ratchet. Place the bolts aside.
Release the seat-back latches at the top of the seat-back to fold the seat forward. Pull the seat directly out of the rear cargo area.
Things You'll Need
- Small, flat screwdriver
- Ratchet and socket set
Tara Kimball is a former accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance and small business accounting. She has also worked in desktop support and network management. Her articles have appeared in various online publications.