How to Remove Bucket Seats

by Chris Moore

While bucket seats may be easier to remove from a vehicle than full-size seats, it can still be a challenge. Removing the seats is sometimes required to clean areas beneath them or to replace the seats' upholstery. The seats are bolted to the floor, often attached by nuts to bolts that are fixed from under the vehicle. Also, the seats are very bottom-heavy because of the metal sliding tracks attached to them.

Make sure there is plenty of open space outside the vehicle. You need enough clearance for the front doors to fully open; this will normally give you enough room to pull the seats out of the vehicle.

Disable the vehicle's air bags, if so equipped. To do this, make sure the wheels are pointed straight and the ignition switch is on the 'Lock' position, then disconnect the negative battery cable, placing it where it can't reach the terminal. Wait at least two minutes for the bags to disable.

Slide the seat all the way forward so you can reach the rear mounting bolts on the floor. Remove the mounting bolts or nuts; depending on their position with the tracks, this can require a small ratchet wrench or a pair of pliers.

Push the seat all the way back and remove the font end nuts/bolts. Use caution, especially when pushing the seat back, as the tracks are now loose due to the removed bolts in the rear.

Grasp the seat by the underside on both sides -- you will need to reach over the seat to grasp the side near the center -- and slowly lift it toward you and the door opening. Look for any electrical wires connected to the seats (if the seat has any power controls) and disconnect them.

Lift and carry the seat out of the vehicle -- one easy method is to tilt it sideways with the headrest and backrest pointing out of the vehicle. Lifting the seat out by the backrest is not recommended.

Repeat the steps for the bucket seat on the other side of the vehicle.

Tip

  • check Check with a mechanic or auto supply store for the best type and size tool for unbolting the seats in your particular vehicle.

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About the Author

Chris Moore has been contributing to eHow since 2007 and is a member of the DFW Writers' Workshop. He received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington.